A Design Connection, Inc. Featured Project

Basements. The dark and dank cellars of our previous generations are, thankfully, a thing of the past. The space in our homes that used to be inhabited only by creepy crawlies, jars of Aunt Mable’s homemade preserves and in some cases, the Boogeyman, have been replaced with actual living spaces. Yet how many of us can say that we love our basements? Design Connection, Inc. has helped many Kansas City clients transform their basements into stylish and functional Lower Level Living. Read on to learn about one of our recent basement redesign projects!

The previous bar was functional but the space was not being used to it’s full potential. After living in their home for ten years, our clients wanted this space to reflect their family’s lifestyle and they were ready for something more dramatic. When they asked Design Connection, Inc. to transform their dated basement bar into an English Pub, we jumped at the chance. What a fun redesign!

The old cabinets were removed and brand new custom cabinetry was installed. Staying true to the English Pub theme,  glass shelves were incorporated to display the bar’s liquor assortment. This look truly comes together because of the special details in this space. With strategically placed low voltage lighting, the glass mosaic tile and copper sink harmonizes perfectly with the beautiful granite counter tops. This space is further defined by the ceiling beam grid work with copper foil as accents.

Oak cabinets and trim in the TV area shifted from a dated golden hue into a dark, rich brown with a custom faux painting makeover. The previous furniture arrangements did not make use of the space or accommodate the family comfortably. Placement of the new furniture selections not only made it possible for the family to do all of the things they loved to do, they can now do it all together as a family. In addition to comfortable bar seating, we selected a table that seats eight with a turnover top that doubles as a game table.

A few more items from our client’s wish list was a built-in salt water aquarium and a wine room. Design is all about the details and we focused on making these two elements special focal points in the room. An aquarium is naturally beautiful and instantly eye-catching, but the custom trim and lighting really makes it pop. The entrance to the wine room was made even more inviting when we added the gorgeous dark wood and iron door. With good space planning, this small space was designed to showcase an exquisite hand painted Tuscan mural as well as accommodate our client’s substantial wine collection.

Pictures of this project “Before” show what a huge transformation this space has undertaken;  just another example of the magic Design Connection, Inc. possesses when it comes to our residential redesigns and remodels! Don’t just take our word for it; read about it firsthand from the happy Lower Level Dwellers themselves.

Client Testimonial: “My wife and I really want to express how happy we are with our renovations. Your design choices in our new rec room really achieved what we were after; a warm inviting area to watch TV with the family as well as a sophisticated and “cool” area to entertain. While we sometimes were nervous about making such big changes to our space, you always saw the final product and you were right on. Our kitchen makeover turned out just as well. The new, large single level island is a godsend. We certainly bit off quite a bit with this project and you always helped keep our stress levels down. Everyone that has seen the new spaces can’t believe the changes and they all tell us how much they love the new digs. Thanks to your entire team for all the great work!”

If this project inspires you to take a closer look at your own home, let our experienced design team at Design Connection, Inc. show you the possibilities that an update can bring to your living space. Call us at 913-210-0511 to schedule an in-home consultation. We can’t wait to redesign your basement into the lower level of your dreams.