Basement expansion meets many needs



Existing basement: Built in 2010, the owners of this ranch home in the Cobblestone neighborhood in Zionsville were looking to expand their living space. “I moved here with my father who is elderly,” said one of the homeowners. “Then my sister moved in, too. We wanted to add more space in the home.” The unfinished basement provided the perfect opportunity to get the functionality they needed.

Design considerations: The homeowners had specific needs for the basement space:   two bedrooms, an office, an exercise room, a media/family room space, an area for light food prep and more than one bathroom. Considerations like existing plumbing and egress for the bedrooms drove the placement of many of the rooms. And, though the bedrooms would be used by just one family member and his visiting children, the rest of the space was to be shared by the whole family. Allowing the less mobile family member access to the shared spaces was important as well, so a stair lift was included in the plan.



Dual bath design: The shared yet private nature of the space was a particular challenge for the design of the bathrooms. Rather than relocating plumbing to another part of the basement for a second bathroom (a costly alternative), the design called for two bathrooms in one. The access from the shared space takes users into a half bath which has a door that leads into a full-bath complete with steam shower. The full bath has access to the master bedroom as well.

Natural light and open floor plan: The finished look from the main level of the house was brought into the basement through the design and material choices. Interior glass windows provide lots of natural light into the space. White crown and base molding helped brighten the space as well, and keeping the ceilings as high as possible kept an airy feel. The large square footage of the basement allowed for spacious rooms. Using a peninsula to divide the family room and the wet bar area helped define the functionality of each space while keeping the open flow.

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