Column: Sports, Key West beaches inspire basement remodel


EXISTING BASEMENT: This home, located in the Village of West Clay in Carmel, was built in 2011. Although the original basement was already finished, the space was rather lackluster, according to the owner. “With my wife being from Florida and me being a sports fanatic, we tried to create a space that felt like a retro beach/sports pub.”

WET BAR: To give the bar a retro-beach look, the owners chose maple cabinets in a Dorian Gray finish along with a glass subway tile backsplash called “Glass Water” to remind them of the Key West beaches. Solid surface countertops in a Lava Rock color were chosen to complement the cabinetry and backsplash. Giving the area the desired sports pub look, the upper bar on the island features a maple wood top with a custom Chicago style rail stained in an espresso finish.

MEDIA AREA: New entertainment cabinetry was installed and stained to match the wet bar. Interior cabinet pullouts were installed to store and easily access movies and gaming discs. Decorative paneling was placed around the TV and stained to match the espresso finish in the bar. Floating shelves, approximately three foot long and 12 inches deep, flank the flat-screen TV showcasing the owner’s favorite movie-inspired décor items. Grass cloth wallpaper was chosen for the accent wall to extend the beach-inspired look into the media area.

POOL TABLE AREA: Painted poplar wainscoting around the perimeter of the room coordinates with the wet bar paneling. Two drink ledges were placed in the corners. The wainscoting was then painted a dark gray color to coordinate with the wet bar cabinetry.

FINAL RESULT: “The basement is a perfect blend of our mutual hobbies. It makes my wife feel at home and it is the perfect place for me to entertain and watch football games with my friends. Of the entire space, the glass tile backsplash and the wainscoting are our favorite elements just because they add so much to the look of the basement.”

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