Column: From dark basement to upscale entertaining space


EXISTING BASEMENT: Located on the south side of Indianapolis, this formerly dark basement did not provide the atmosphere these entertainment oriented homeowners desired. While the husband wanted a man-cave feel, they both wanted a space that felt energetic, modern and contemporary. They wanted to entertain, have conversation and relax.

LOUNGE AREA: Due to the lack of natural light, the homeowners concentrated on ways to brighten up the space. Recessed can lights were installed in the ceiling, and a large mini-chandelier was installed to brighten the space and add to the contemporary look. The orange walls were painted soft beige. The moldings, stairs, balusters and railing were painted white to match the newly added bookcases.

WET BAR: Once the demolition of the existing brick wall was complete, new cabinetry was installed featuring glass front doors, wine racking and storage for stemware. This allowed them to showcase their favorite liquors and even to house their karaoke equipment and speakers. The sleek backsplash and bar front wall features Roman Beige ledge stone. White Corian countertops in “Witch Hazel” color were selected to help balance the contrasting colors of the dark cabinetry and light ledge stone.

THEATRE ROOM: Located just off of the lounge and wet bar room, this transformed area serves as a gaming center and theatre room. Coordinating with the wet bar, the new gas fireplace surround features the same stone used for the backsplash and bar wall. The matching cabinetry and flanking built-ins provide ample storage for board games and movies. The Kichler multi-light pendant brightens up the space and adds a modern elegance to the room. Stained wainscoting was installed to match the cabinetry in the theatre room and wet bar.

FINAL RESULT: “Our favorite part of the whole remodel is definitely the wet bar. We are so ecstatic to have a place to sing karaoke and have fun with our friends and family without ever leaving our home.”

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