basement in a Wauwatosa home became a high-style yet comfortable space
for work and play. The lower-level redesign includes a home office and
a large open area for dancing and game playing, along with a movie
room. "We gutted the lower level, which was a typical finished
basement ó basically one big room," says Amy Carman of Amy
replaced carpeting with white oak parquet floor, which is very
beautiful but challenging to work with," Carman says. A mirrored
wall sets off the contemporary dance space for the homeowners who are
accomplished ballroom dancers. Minimal furniture can easily be pushed
aside to make room for the family to enjoy playing the Wii and video
games, as well.
overhead lighting shows off the floor and the stunning maple
cabinetry, accommodating storage for the home office. The house is
perched on the edge of a wooded ravine, which is visible from the
office. "This space is not so much about the furnishings as it is
about the architecture of the room," Carman says.
An existing room
on the first floor of a Brookfield home was transformed into a
billiards and wine room by Ruvin Bros. Artisans & Trades Inc. The
homeowners are wine afficinados and wanted to share their collection
which is stored in a temperature-controlled wine room at one end of
the new space. The wine room is flanked by Michael Curtin Chapman wall
sconces that deliver subtle light.
flooring and walnut cabinetry featuring oil-rubbed bronze hardware
smoked glass shelves add drama to the room. A wet bar with a polished
granite countertop, Sub-Zero ice maker and under-mount refrigerator
with paneled doors are built in for entertaining ease.
was underused and outdated, but the renovation has completely changed
the functionality and the outlook of the home," says Tina
Staplefeldt of Ruvin Bros. "Now, the family loves hanging out
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couple who frequently entertain large groups of friends and family now
have the perfect space: a great room by Collaborative Design that
incorporates design features that make it feel cozy despite its large
20-foot-long island with a built-in booth is perfect for intimate
dining. "The booth, which is made of cherry wood with
architectural details, also serves to visually break up the length of
the island and create a barrier for the kitchen sink and food
preparation area," says Bill Koehnlein of Collaborative Design.
"We used cherry cabinetry and quartz countertops in the kitchen
along with a mosaic tile backsplash behind the cooktop and
sinks," he adds.
walnut flooring is used throughout the great room. A large fireplace
in the hearth room features a cherry mantel and stone hearth. "Itís
actually the same stone that is found on the exterior of the
house," Koehnlein says. The coffered ceiling beams are another
design detail that delineates the separate spaces within the space.
"The goal was to balance proportions for daily living vs.
entertaining, creating a comfortable way to have both," Koehnlein
2,200-square-foot basement served as the canvas for a list of dramatic
changes desired by a Greendale homeowner. The reno by Renaissance
Design & Renovation includes a workout facility, sauna, full bath,
gun room and arcade. "We were able to do most of what was on the
list," says Jody Alan Ryg of RdR. "The main rooms are a home
theater, full bar and billiards room, as well as a wine room."
Avid movie fans,
the family makes great use of its new theater room with the latest in
high-tech home audio and video equipment, including a 14-foot-wide
permanent theater screen.
16 invisible speakers all around the room that provide unmatched audio
quality, and the walls and ceiling are acoustically insulated,"
use of natural and rustic materials such as burnished cherry cabinetry
and stone in the design of the lower level ties in with the Italian
Country Villa style of the house. A stately bar area with an 16-foot
back bar has a vintage appeal. The 8-foot wood coffered ceilings evoke
the look of an English pub, Ryg notes.