• Transforming A ‘Basement’ Into A Lower Level Living Space

    IMG_0494Lower level remodels are always interesting.

    Once the rest of the house is finished, the lower level – also known in some circles as the “basement” – becomes the catchall. It becomes the space to serve all the needs the rest of the house didn’t quite have room for.

    It’ll be the storage room and the playroom and the home office and the game room and the bar and the craft room and the . . . See what I mean?

    So the lower level, the oft-neglected afterthought of the house, becomes a space that we have ridiculously high expectations for.

    And oddly enough, it ends up being the place where the family spends most of their time.

    Luckily, a good designer knows how to transform a lower level into a multi-purpose space that can serve as many of the family’s needs as possible without looking like chaos.

    I designed nearly every room in these clients’ home before they asked me to help them make the lower level “look like something.”

    IMG_0500My clients wanted a homework/work space, a TV room and a shuffle board area. The latter was a result of an existing shuffle board table they fell in love with when they viewed the house and ultimately purchased from the former owners.

    I started the project by laying out the design. Then we ordered furniture – the couch and two swivel chairs from Sam Moore. The sectional had to be ordered in two pieces so that we could get in into the lower level!

    We found end tables, the television console and cocktail tables at Bramble Now, mixing finishes on the pieces to give it a custom look that worked with the color scheme.

    The area rug we chose helped define the area from the rest of the room.

    The hunt for accessories took me to Pier 1 Imports, Kirklands, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Old Time Pottery and even Target!

    I love the wall decor above the shuffle board table – it’s unique and makes a statement! The metal baskets and greenery on each side of the television add a shabby chic touch to the space. (Though the husband wasn’t a fan!)

    Overall, my clients were thrilled with the finished product and I can say I agree with them!

    Does your lower level need a makeover? Contact me at jill@myjsbdesigns.com today!

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