Blueprint for Improvement: Basement finish in west Carmel


Background Info: This home, built in 2015, is in the Woods of Lion Creek neighborhood in Carmel. The homeowners had just purchased it with the intent to make a few updates in order to make it their forever home.


The main level did not have a fireplace, so one of the homeowners’ top priorities was to add one to their living room. Also, the original basement was large, but it was unfinished, so another priority was to finish the basement to add more functional living space to the home.


The goal was to take this newly purchased home and finish it in order to create the homeowners’ dream home.

  1. The largest portion of the project was finishing the basement, which included adding a bedroom, full bathroom, fireplace, wet bar, entertainment area and home gym to the space.
  2. The basement bar became the focal point of the new basement with a mosaic tile backsplash that extended to the ceiling, new cabinetry and countertops, with an island for seating.   
  3. Another focal point of the basement was the fieldstone fireplace that was added to the entertainment area.
  4. Additionally, a large gas fireplace was added to the first floor of the home and was finished from floor to ceiling with a white quartzite wall tile and a live-edge wood mantel.