Most basement renovations, especially in older homes, present the challenge of concealing pipes, ductwork and other mechanical and structural components servicing the floors above. We often can creatively move or work around these elements to create space that feels like a main floor room.
...this basement had the 1970's requisite plywood paneling and a low dropped acoustic ceiling to hide pipes and ductwork:
...we moved ductwork and pipes to the edges of the ceiling to create a tray ceiling effect. The center areas are now full height. The walls and ceiling are now gypsum board:
Previously, this basement had no bathroom and the laundry was in an unfinished area:
...we utilized the area under the stairs for a half bath. Adjacent to this, we added a wet bar complete with a mini dishwasher and refrigerator:
Following is a basement we designed and finished with an industrial/warehouse feel. The concrete floors were acid washed and sealed. The ceiling was left exposed framing and everything was painted out in a flat grey/black.
The beam above the bar is a reclaimed timber from a past project. The wall behind the back bar is made of reclaimed pallet planking.
Reclaimed antique boxcar flooring was used to fabricate the back bar countertop.
The homeowner purchased these barn doors at a flea market. We extended the doors to the height need by adding galvanized panels that we antiqued to mimic the doors.