3 Stunning Basement Transformations

Three renovations you won't believe are basements

Basement renovations provide a great opportunity to customize and enhance your home. Here are three award-winning spaces you won’t believe are basements.

1. Playful Guest Quarters

Many homeowners know what’s in store when extended family visits and all the kids bunk in the basement: Chaos, sleepless nights, even broken or damaged furniture.

This family needed enough beds to accommodate up to eight visitors- ranging from children to college-aged to adult friends. They wanted a bright, welcoming space arranged so that people retiring at different times wouldn’t disturb each other .

Guest basement bedroom for kids in beach house
The new guestroom sleeps eight with three double beds and three singles.

The aesthetic is subtly nautical—like a classic wooden sailboat. The porcelain tile in the hall entryway and bath stand up to wet feet and lots of traffic. Its weathered wood-grain pattern resembles an oceanfront boardwalk, keeping things light and beachy.

Barn door to vacation home basement bedroom
A barn door in nautical blue

A custom upholstered piece joins of the double beds to soften the journey for those climbing into the top bunks. The cushion doubles as a prime bedtime-story spot. Each bunk holds two to three children or two adults.

Bunk beds in kids basement bedroom
Threaded steel rods, wrapped in nautical rope, support the bunks.
Nautical guest bathroom in beach house basement
In the bathroom, warm brass fixtures and accessories reflect light and the nautical theme.

2. Sleek Lounge

Our clients in Bethesda wished to better utilize their dark and outdated basement. Because they entertain every weekend, they wanted a stylish, light-filled space for gathering- kid-friendly, yet formal enough for adults.

Contemporary basement with full bar

At the restaurant-style bar, a back-lit marbleized backsplash is the focal point; set to dimmers, the homeowners can adjust the brightness to their desired effect. A niche frames floating shelving against the illuminated onyx backdrop at the bar.

Backlit backsplash in basement

The bar has a modern, sleek appearance with contemporary cabinetry in a walnut finish, and pendant lights that mimic champagne bubbles.

Contemporary basement renovation with full bar
Modern white deco tile on the wall behind the TV has a wave-like texture.

The fireplace box was offset within a wall of textured porcelain tile with storage cabinets framing the wall-mounted TV. Warm, organic materials and textures, punctuated by mixed metals, keep the new basement looking fresh, welcoming and sophisticated.

textured tile fireplace surround
Media equipment is hidden behind the tile wall.

Read more about this Bethesda basement remodel in an article by Washingtonian Magazine.

3. Modern City Apartment

The owner of this DC rowhouse lives in the basement while renting the upper levels. He asked us to transform his space into a sophisticated apartment with a contemporary aesthetic, one that felt comfortable and less like a typical underground unit. He also wanted the space to showcase his impressive art collection.

DC duplex living room
A custom alcohol fireplace has a stainless-steel surround.

The new space is light-filled and open. Windows were fitted with fir surrounds adding warmth and visual depth.

wood trimmed windows and waterfall countertop in basement duplex

The kitchen features a waterfall island peninsula; The island is book-matched so the veins of the marble align visually along the transition from the horizontal to vertical slab. Cabinets extend to the ceiling to increase storage, and small appliances such as a convection oven/microwave and wall mounted coffee maker free up counter space and provide a clean visual and organized space.

Duplex basement apartment with art wall and modern kitchen

A once dark and narrow hallway was transformed into a gallery wall for the homeowner’s art extensive collection. A monorail track light system was selected to illuminate the art wall.

Contemporary bedroom with vision blinds
French doors in the bedroom allow natural light into the space; Vision roller blinds provide privacy and allow the homeowner to control the amount of sunlight in the bedroom.

Read more about this DC apartment basement transformation in an article by the Washington Post.