2015 Design Award

Batavia Basement Earns High Marks

A Normandy Remodeling project in suburban Batavia recently gained national attention when it took home the Bronze 2015 Professional Remodeler Design Award. This redesign was anything but typical, and included unique upgrades that turned the newly-designed finished basement into a hot-spot for entertaining family and friends.

The homeowners were looking to transform their unfinished basement into a space for entertaining and relaxing. Their wish list included a gaming area, wet bar and lounge that gave off a high-end and eclectic vibe. They brought in Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD to bring their vision to life.

“To achieve the final look, it was important to combine rich colors, various textures and layered lighting,” said Jennifer. “Together, these details gave the basement an authentic, city night club look and feel – all from comforts of their suburban home.”

In order to help the family members showcase their musical talents, Jennifer slightly raised the stage and included spotlights to highlight performances. All the while, recessed lighting with dimmer controls helped to keep with the lounge-setting.

Jennifer also added a custom designed, two-level wet bar that included ample storage along with a built-in microwave, under-counter refrigerator, and deep sink allowing the homeowners to entertain with ease.  To top it off, glass backsplash tile was installed vertically, complementing the exotic granite countertops.  A curved, brushed brass foot rail at the bar adds a traditional pub feel.

Additionally, the unique design was carried into the basement bathroom, with a large vanity that incorporated metal and brushed granite. New tile, shower fixtures and a frameless door completed the look, and updated lighting and a custom mirror added additional style and function.

The Design Award winners were evaluated on design, problem solving, quality and creativity. Jennifer, no stranger to award-winning work, has also won several awards, including being named to the Kitchen & Bath Association’s list of “30 under 30.”

The next award winning remodel could be yours. Contact Jennifer to schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation today. Or, register for an upcoming seminar at to learn more.  For more information on interior design and home remodeling, you can also follow Normandy on Facebook and Twitter.

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