Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2018

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laid out or [how it was] given to the existing footprint of the building." While the new bar area is intentionally located next to the pre-existing bathroom to take advantage of the existing plumbing rough-ins, both reflect the home- owners' desire for spaces that accommodate adults and kids easily. e bathroom features a large, low-threshold marble shower and a double vanity, and the bar area includes ample storage for snacks and drinks. Jacob explains that intentional repetition of elements helps further blend the basement spaces, noting the wood used as the countertop in the bar area as an example. "It's what's called a wormy chestnut, so it is salvaged chestnut and it has wormholes and imperfections that really give it a lot of character. at was a really fun find to be able to use that wood," he says. "at same wood was also used in the game table area as well as at that built-in, so there's elements of that sort of chunky chestnut tops that are used throughout to sort of unify." Ultimately, the combined vision and efforts of the homeowners with Krieger + Associates Architects and Orion Builders/Remodelers resulted in the expansion of the basement's finished area by 50 percent. "ey really had this vast, unfinished space which was great to be able to tap into that," Jacob notes. "ere was thought put into how the spaces relate to each other." | common to sub out the licensed trades, which are plumb- ing, electrical and HVAC. So we have trade partners who expertly handle those," Maruca says. "e HVAC sub helped with the wine cooling system, and that's always a little bit of a challenge—choosing the right system to cool and dehumidify that space efficiently. And not to get too technical, but there are units you can use now which you can vent to an unfinished area as long as it's over a certain square footage, so we were able to do that. In lieu of an outside condensing unit, we were able to put that in an unfinished area of the basement." THE FINISHING TOUCHES Transforming the basement from a playroom flanked by an exercise room and TV room into the larger, open space for games and entertaining also reflects a certain maturity to the finishes and basement overall. "is family has three kids that were, at the time, I would say preteens; and there was a juvenile feel to the TV area, some of the games and whatnot that were down there," Jacob says. "It was really just a romp room for the kids, and it has since matured into spaces that suit both the adults and, at the same time, kids can still be there. ere's a duality they could both function together but still have somewhat of a separation as well. Again, this was sort of a natural result of how the space Because of the basement's direct access to the pool, the homeowners opted to expand the lower-level bathroom for rinsing off and such with a large carrara marble shower and a double vanity. Locating the bar area was done intentionally so as to share access to the pre-existing plumbing rough-ins of the bathroom. The wormy chestnut, used here for the countertop, reoccurs throughout the basement. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR December 2018 17

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