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This family with young children wanted to take advantage of their 2,000 square foot unfinished basement by creating a multi-function space that could be used for relaxing or hosting friends and family. Their goal: to make the finished lower level feel like and extension of the rest of the home.
Normandy Designer Jeremy Paris began working with them to achieve their vision. “Now, the lower level boasts a much desired entertainment area, home gym, full bath, storage, and more,” said Jeremy. “It was designed as an open-concept with custom built-in architectural elements used to define different areas, allowing many people to be together in the space while enjoying different activities.”
The custom entertainment center anchors the cozy lounge area for watching their favorite movies. A custom cabinetry bar was added for entertaining at family gatherings. The large quartz counter can be used as a buffet/serving center for parties.
“The existing basement columns were trimmed out with moulding to define the spaces while keeping an open floor plan,” pointed out Jeremy.
An expansive built-in desk with shelving and storage drawers for two people defined a work area to do homework or crafts. A corner of the basement was dedicated to a home gym allowing the homeowner the convenience to get healthy at home. The lower level already had large windows that looked out into the backyard and allowed plenty of natural light into the space, further enhancing the inviting nature of the space. The kids also have their very own spaces – a play area with custom storage and a cozy nook below the staircase.
This basement renovation has won over the entire family as well as a group of discerning judges. It recently won a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). This award, which is selected by a panel of experts, recognizes beautiful and well-thought-out designs in the Chicagoland area.
Set up a time to meet with award-winning designer Jeremy Paris to talk about making your basement a well-used lower level. Or, register to attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about the possibilities for your home. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or check out the Normandy photo gallery for more design ideas and inspiration.