Michael & Michelle Mueller Basement Remodel
Jenn and Stacey, our remodeling consultants, met with Michael and Michelle in April. They were hoping to finish off a basement project that they had started and have the entire project completed by July, just in time to celebrate their daughter’s birthday. Jenn and Stacey knew that they were in a time crunch to get this one completed. Luckily, for their sake, the Mueller’s had already framed all of the rooms in the basement and had already decided on what the purpose of each room would be. The plan for the space was to have one large open family/game room that would include a wet bar, room for a pool table, space for two Murphy beds, and extra space for other games or activities. They also planned to turn one of the divided rooms into a library/office, and the third room was to be used as a theater room. Although each room had been designated with a purpose, we still had a lot of planning and designing to come up with. The first step in the process was to draw up the entire space. With the use of AutoCAD, Stacey was able to produce a fully dimensioned plan of the existing space. From there, Jenn and Stacey worked with the Mueller’s to narrow down some of the details for each space.
For the wet bar area, the plan was to replicate the color and design of a furniture style bar that the Mueller’s had already purchased. This was possible by working with our custom cabinet makers from Cabinetry Plus in Columbus, WI. Not only were they able to match the door style to the furniture bar, but they were also able to come up with a coordinating custom stain color!
In the Library/Office area, the challenge was to provide a beautiful custom shelving unit that would store a wide collection of books, but also provide a space to incorporate a sentimental piece of furniture that the Mueller’s had received as a gift. Again, working with Cabinetry Plus, we were able to design this custom shelving unit to include a space for the special furniture piece and match the stain and style, without making it feel like an afterthought.
For the Theater Room we installed a stunning entertainment center to hold the Mueller’s new TV & components that included some perks like DVD storage drawers and doors with speaker cloths. We also built a platform in the back of the room to provide some stadium style seating. The final touches in this space included a custom cove lighting design that encapsulated the room and tied in with the entertainment center along with a few wall sconces that added that extra “theater room” touch.
Throughout the basement we laid a ceramic tile that had the look of a natural slate, which will be much more durable and easier to clean. The rich colors in the tile helped ground the space and tie all the other elements together. Another durable item we used was a sparkling solid surface countertop in the bar area, which has the look of granite but not the cost. A combination of light and dark paint colors were used because they play off each other well and increase the warmth in the space!
The entire space turned out lovely. The Mueller’s were very happy with their new basement and anxious to use it, which they were able to do just in time for their daughter’s birthday party! They enjoyed the help they received in picking out colors and materials and were very satisfied with our process. They also enjoyed working with our crews and lead carpenters and had nothing but nice things to say!