Remodel Updates 1980s Basement


EXISTING BASEMENT: Creating a space the whole family could enjoy was the goal behind the basement remodel of this 1988-built home located on the east side of Carmel.

“We moved in six years ago, and our kids were small,” stated the homeowner. “Now that our son is in high school, we wanted a place where he could bring his friends, and the family could be together.” The existing basement was partially finished with a bar area, family room with fireplace and a bedroom. A large cased opening led to the TV area.

“I really disliked the fireplace and making a change to it drove the design. I wanted something neutral that was family friendly,” stated the owner.

DESIGN PHASE: Making the lower level a space the entire family would want to spend time in meant making the space more warm and welcoming. Rather than changing the footprint that worked, this goal was achieved through unique architectural details and material choices. The cased opening between rooms was enlarged with an archway, which was carried into the TV area. Additional lighting brightened up the space.

WET BAR DETAILS: The original bar area was expanded, and an extraneous window was closed in and covered with a smaller TV. New maple cabinets in a Dulce finish were topped with granite in Pergaminho, which continued along the wall to create a drink ledge.

“We wanted a larger bar area for parties with lots of spots to put plates and cups down,” stated the homeowner. The full bath was upgraded as well.

FIREPLACE DETAILS: To create a stunning focal point in the lower level, the brick fireplace was replaced with Southern Ledgestone stacked stone in a Boral “Echo Ridge” color. A 2-inch hearthstone was added and the original mantle was reinstalled.

“I wanted to get rid of the fireplace entirely or make it look nice, “said the homeowner. In the bar area, just changing the angle of the bar area peninsula greatly increased its capacity and left room for a separate seating area.