Basements.  Cellars. The dark and dank dungeons of our previous generations are, thankfully, becoming a thing of the past. This space in our homes that was once reserved for storage and spiders, jars of Aunt Edna’s homemade preserves and, in some cases, the Boogeyman, are being replaced with actual living spaces that are bright and beautiful extensions of our homes. At Design Connection, Inc., we have helped countless Kansas City-ians convert their basements into stylish and functional Lower Level Living, like this amazing Wine Cellar Transformation. Check out these Before and After pics!

I had already completed many projects in this clients’ Leawood, KS home over the past few years and when they were ready to renovate their unfinished basement, they called and I ran. I was so excited to transform this space into the wine cellar they had been dreaming of.


Adding a wine cellar was a long-time desire of my clients. During their years of research on the many different design styles and wine cellar features available, they had acquired a collection of over 1200 bottles of wine! The moveable rack system allows them to easily accommodate their variety of different sized bottles.


Because the new wine cellar was set to share a wall with the entertainment area, we added extra insulation between the walls to prevent the 80 inch television and sound system from vibrating the wine bottles. After much consideration, a large mirror was added which brightens the space and adds visual interest by reflecting the light and highlights their show-stopping wine collection.


I selected a weathered oak gray finish and carried this look through the wine cellar and tasting area, using the same coloration on the floors, and cement gray paint on the walls and ceiling. A Cambria Quartz countertop with a chipped edge and a customized cabinet houses the various sizes of glasses used for different wines.  Track LED lighting was installed, setting the perfect mood for this unique wine cellar.


Design Connection Inc. provided- Space planning with intricate design elements, color selections, countertop selections, lighting design and selection. Project management was provided throughout this complex transformation.

Do you need help transforming your basement into a livable extension of your home? Give me a call—I can help! Make an appointment for a complimentary in-studio design consultation here.