Lower Level reimagined in Ham lake

A simple change of colors & materials makes a big difference

Project Summary 

Out with the dated honey oak, and in with the sophisticated ebony shaded cabinetry, millwork and dry-stack stone fireplace, not to mention what started it all—a desire for a bigger TV to take center stage. These Ham Lake residents wanted to upgrade their small, very old TV to a large screen high definition unit. Unfortunately, their 15-year-old corner built in wouldn't accommodate the needed space. Like so many things in remodeling, the simplest desire leads to the most dramatic effects. In this particular case the old TV cabinet and fireplace was removed and replaced with a sophisticated entertainment cabinet ensemble shaded in a dark ebony glaze and Southern Ledgestone "Echo Ridge" fireplace surround.

​The 65-inch TV was hand-framed to match the new trim and cabinetry throughout the lower level.

The 65-inch TV with sound bar proved to be a very dramatic centerpiece to this reimagined space. It was was hand-framed to match the new trim and cabinetry throughout the lower level.


Before the remodel pillars, pillars everywhere. One might think they were needed to support an olympic swimming pool above. Not the case. Fireplace and TV are about the same size.


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Game table in foreground, flanked by newly shaded bar with Cambria countertops.

As you can see, removing the unnecessary vertical pillars, really opened up the sightlines and connected these two primary elements of TV and bar together. New carpeting and furniture never hurts either.

Southern Ledgestone "Echo Ridge" craftsmanship and custom shaded built-in seating bench.
Note new cabinet space for glassware and wine bottles.
Reverse angle from fireplace looking back to new wet bar.
Under-cabinet LED's bring this area to life along with the New Quay Cambria countertops.

Featured Materials


  • Bar Area Cabinetry — Shaker style clear Alder custom cabinets, concealed hinges
  • Bar — Wine cube cabinet
  • Entertainment Area Cabinetry — Shaker style custom cabinets, concealed hinges


  • New shaded baseboard and moulding throughout


  • Southern Ledgestone "Echo Ridge"


  • Fireplace - COSMO42-IFT Variable up to 25,250 BTU


  • New carpeting throughout


  • Re-textured ceiling


  • Wall — 0561 In the Hills

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