The design challenge for this home in Rockcliffe Park was to turn an unfinished and underutilized basement into a multifunctional entertainment area. Our solution provided space for a media room, games room, wine cellar, exercise room, fully functioning bathroom complete with shower, and various storage areas.

awardsbasementThe media room was designed with a 60” plasma screen TV set in wall-to-wall millwork to house a DVD collection and to hide various electronic components which are controlled through an integrated system.

In the games area, a pool table was placed in the middle of the room with a curved bar height counter and bench seating tucked into the corner to one side. Small niches are set into the walls above the bench to provide space for displaying sculpture. The cove ceiling in both the media and games rooms combines LED and recessed lighting to provide sufficient illumination for a game of pool or to allow for a more subdued ambience for enjoying a glass of wine or watching a movie. The clients have a wonderful collection of vintage wines which they can beautifully display in their new wine cellar located adjacent to the games room. For other refreshments we have provided them with a wet bar complete with cherry cabinetry, granite countertop, bar sink, and ambient lighting.

Located off the main stair to the ground floor a new bathroom provides our clients with a walk-in-shower, cherry cabinetry, and granite countertops. The look is completed with 12x24 staggered tile and elegant Hubardton Forge wall sconces. Two closets for coats and storage sit adjacent to the garage. Design features include a large archway that opens to a sweeping, central staircase, and soft paint colours and a Berber carpet done in a tone-on-tone palette that provides a neutral, spa-like backdrop for the artwork and millwork accents.

Overall this basement renovation has transformed a dark unfinished space into a tranquil and understated entertainment zone designed to provide respite after a long busy day.


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