Red House Remodeling Blog

January 30, 2014
A home bar area with TV

Project Profile: Lower Level Becomes Entertainment Central

Finished basements have long been the place to hang out and relax, the place to watch movies or the big game. We run upstairs for snacks and drinks, to pop popcorn and grab more drinks, then when the day is over we haul all that we’ve brought down, back up. These days many homeowners are making it easier to eat, drink and be merry by including many of the amenities of a kitchen right in their lower levels. Call it a bar or a kitchenette, the options are endless for making it easy to keep everything you need to entertain and clean up right by the big screen.

BEFORE: When this homeowner built her new home, she wasn’t satisfied with her builder-grade basement and approached Red House Remodeling to design and build a bar with plenty of storage, seating and appliances. Before, the space was empty, waiting to become the star of this basement.

AFTER: The back wall of the area includes upper and lower cabinets, giving the homeowner the storage she needs for entertaining. The upper cabinets are staggered, for visual interest, and have both crown and base molding, which gives the cabinets a finished look. The back wall is really the focal point of the room, so the backsplash extends behind and above the tv. The homeowner was open to doing something fun and creative in the space, so our project designer designed the tile with free-flowing edges.

AFTER: A wine cooler and beverage cooler are at home among the lower cabinets, and granite countertops provide plenty of space for the homeowner to prep and set out food and drinks.

AFTER: The island – not just for kitchens! – keeps the area open and lets people enter the area from either side. The island cabinetry provides additional storage while concealing a microwave and single drawer dishwasher.

Want to see more of this project? Click here to watch video of the space, or click here to see more pictures on our Facebook page.

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