Magnificent Walkout Basement Entertains Everyone

Golden Valley Couple Raises Lower Level Entertainment to New Heights

All remodels start with some kind of pain and the desire to fix it. Big or small. For some it’s clutter. For others, it’s an embarrassing dungeon-like bathroom or the need for privacy from 5-year-old eyes. For these homeowners, it was the lack of sufficient amenities and functionality to properly entertain in a quarantined world.


Design/Build Consultant — Kasey Birch

Lead Carpenter — Ryan Whalen

Carpenter — Ivan Sass


Photography — Alyssa Lee


BEFORE: Location of wet-bar and load-bearing wall was a big challenge in this remodel.


Or, you could say it was the lack of room for a 9-foot pool table. “That’s kind of where we started the conversation,” recalls Design/Build Consultant Kasey Birch. “In order to fit the table and have room to shoot pool, we needed to remove a wall, which, from a design point of view, really helped open up the space,” explains Birch.


BEFORE: The bathroom door is visible to the left. The wall and bar area will be removed to make space for the pool table.


AFTER: 9-foot pool table fits comfortably in this new space.

That decision also opened up additional options for a wide range of entertainment desires. In the end, we provided a full-wet bar with a large screen TV for watching sports (with surround sound), room for a poker table, a 9-foot pool table that also functions as a Ping-Pong table, and a dartboard area.


AFTER: Nice to have your own club. Everyone should.



These "before" images above show how the utility of the basement space for entertainment purposes was hampered by the location of the wet-bar, which divided the room in half and didn't make any use of the natural light from the existing windows. The use of the TV/audio components, built-in to the wall behind the foosball table was also severely limited. It's hard to watch the game through a foosball player who completely blocks the view.


A 9’-6” section of a load bearing wall was removed in the basement. An additional steel beam section was then needed to reinforce the existing length of steel beam support of the two floors and roof load above. Also, a non-load bearing wall near the stairway was removed and a new beam was installed to carry floor loads.

“We also converted the wood-burning, 3-sided fireplace to natural gas, which helped partition the existing lounging space from the adjacent exercise area. In essence, we started at one end and worked our way to the other end, updated everything in-between,” explained Birch.


AFTER: View of new gas fireplace and lounge area with theater room in the background.


With lots of traffic from the pool just outside, it was necessary to specify a durable, slip-resistant LVT flooring that could stand up to exterior traffic and the family’s black lab. We also retextured the entire ceiling with a knock-down treatment, added new lighting, and opened up the landing stair wall to improve the sightlines.


Ceiling Light: Kichler Semi Flush Mount (KK42387MIZ) in Mission Bronze.


AFTER: Exercise space behind new fireplace. New Marvin Ultra window gives tons of natural light for daily workouts. Well, weekly anyway.


AFTER: New carpeting and LED ceiling perimeter lighting was added to keep this room fresh with rest of the remodel.


BEFORE: View from stair wall to be removed showing bookshelf.

AFTER: New floating display shelving redesigned for more space and better aesthetics.

“To improve the traffic flow we redesigned the footprint of the shelving opposite the landing area where they can have some additional storage and room for important family display space,” says Birch.


AFTER: With wall removed, open stair rail treatment improves sight lines in both directions.


BEFORE: This dated decor needed some work.


AFTER: Out with the oceanic print wall paper and in with the semi-translucent glass tile and "waterfall" glass shower door.

The bathroom featured an ocean motif wallpaper which we removed along with the fiberglass insert. To keep that ocean motif, we selected a stunning glass tile backsplash behind the vanity as well as throughout the shower. We installed it vertically and horizontally for a more modern aesthetic. We kept the vanity base, added a quartz countertop and replaced the doors and drawers to complete the makeover.



Paint:

  • Trim & Doors: SW 7008 - Alabaster
  • Bathroom walls: SW 6254- Lazy Gray
  • Main Room, Halls & Movie Room: Ben Moore 2137-60 - Gray Owl

Bar Custom Cabinetry:

  • Species: Hickory
  • Door style: solid flat or raised panel door, glass where indicated on plans
  • Drawer Face Style: Drawer fronts paneled to match the doors
  • Drawer Box/Rollouts: Vionaro drawer boxes with under-mount soft-close full extension slides.
  • Finish: Conversion varnish with stock opaque stain finish: Otter, satin.
  • End Panel: Finished paneled ends
  • Face Frame: Full overlay face frame construction with¼" reveals.

Bar Fixtures:

  • Bar sink: Ruvati, Parmi 16"x16" stainless steel: RVM4138
  • Bar faucet: Grohe Concetto Single hole pull down: SuperSteel Finish #31479DC1
  • Reverse Osmosis Drinking Faucet & water purifier

Bar Lighting:

  • LED under cabinet lighting

Bar Countertops & Backsplash:

  • Quartz, Fantasy Brown
  • Mar Villa Maioliche 9 Nera
  • Color: Large "worn" variation
  • Layout: Diamond

Fireplace:

  • Claros Silver Split Face - free length
  • Layout: Dry stack using corner pieces, wood stack cut-out - w/ cut

Windows:

  • Marvin Essence - Pebble Gray Ultrex fiberglass exterior/ White fiberglass interior

Bath fixtures:

  • Faucet: Grahe Concetta- single hole faucet w/ drain #34270ENA
  • Vanity - Reface Doors & Drawer Fronts
  • Shaker flat 5-panel door
  • Countertops: Calcutta Laza Quartz
  • Style: Glass
  • Size: 3 x 12
  • Color: Storm
  • Grout: TEC: Sterling
  • Layout: Horizontal Straight Stack; Schluter: vertical along tile wall
  • Color: brushed nickel

Bath Amenities:

  • Pie Shaped Radius Floating Bench
  • Color: Calcutta Laza

Bathroom floor:

  • 12x24
  • Color: Moon Glow Linen
  • Shower door: 3/8" tempered frameless glass

Game area backsplash:

  • Reclaimed barnwood
  • Coloring: Brown
  • Size: l" x 10" wide planks

Stair Railing:

  • Supplier: Accent Ornamental
  • Horizontal basters
  • Profile: tubular
  • Finish: Metallic Silver
  • Wood top & hand rails: Hickory, Otter satin finish
  • Hickory 4x4 square Newels - stained with Otter satin finish (full height post may be necessary if deemed structural)

Flooring:

  • Mannington Adura Ridged LVP Flooring
  • Color: Manor-Bourbon
  • Carpet & pad in movie room and on stairs: Prosperous Look, Color: Icon

Pool Table Lighting Fixture:

  • Marquise 7-light bar, dark granite finish with 4” clear bubble glass

Pulls:

  • Amerock – Satin nickel finish


AFTER: We like to give our clients some token of our appreciation for choosing to partner with us on their remodel. Locally hand-thrown ceramic coffee mugs is just one way for us to say THANKS!




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