2018 Master Design Awards: Basement

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards basement


Orion Builders/Remodelers
Ardmore, Pa.

Krieger + Associates Architects Inc.
Project name: The Perfect Gathering Place
Project location: Chestnut Hill, Pa.
Square footage: 1,900
Project cost: $330,000


The existing basement contained three finished rooms in the rear and a large unfinished space for mechanicals and storage in the front. An exercise area and TV room with a door to the backyard flanked a big central playroom, and a small bath could be accessed via the TV space. The clients had added a pool to their yard and sought to enlarge the basement for recreation and entertaining.

Eliminating partitions allowed more daylight to penetrate the space from the few windows in the lower level. Separate areas for children playing and entertaining adults within an open floor plan addressed many of their needs. A comfortable lounging space features a large TV, fireplace and wine storage, and a bar now occupies a prime position with ample storage for snacks and drinks.

Photos: Jeffrey Totaro


Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.
Lorton, Va.

Project name:
Project location: Herndon, Va.
Square footage: 600
Project cost: $60,000


The basement, originally finished when the house was built in the 1970s, had a low acoustic tile ceiling, florescent lighting, and dark wood trim. The owner, a fiber artist, set up her studio in the space but found that it was not a place that stirred creativity. Inspired by industrial design featured in bars, restaurants, and other public spaces, she wanted a studio space that had a similar feel.

Because the basement also functioned as a workout area, family room, and storage space, a work table that could adjust to accommodate the multiple tasks of her art and fold neatly out of the way when not in use was a must. The finished space features exposed ceiling joists, mechanical, electrical, and structural elements, all painted a mat black.

The folding table offers multi-functional work-space and a one-of-a-kind cabinet with sliding barn style doors. The floors, which appear to be a wide-plank, hand-scraped hardwood are actually something much more practical for a basement, luxury vinyl plank with cork backing applied over the hard concrete floor.


Cabinets: Waypoint cabinetry with Painted Stone finish
Countertops: Wilsonart Laminate countertops in Carbon Mesh and Pewter Brush
Flooring: Happy Feet Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring in Indian Summer

Photos: Larry Golfer


ALH Home Renovations
Roeland Park, Kan.

Megan Heese
Project name:
Krempec Basement
Project location: Leawood, Kan.
Square footage: 1,200
Project cost: $287,276


Basements are blank slates, unfinished and ready for the client and designer to team up and create something completely original. That was the case with a newer home with a basement that was used for storage and not much else.

The homeowner asked for and got distinct living and entertaining spaces. There is a bar area, a game room, a home theater space, a guest bedroom and bathroom, and a safe room.

“The homeowners were dreaming of a space that was not only designed for entertaining, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family, but also a place that was very light and airy,” said  project designer Megan Heese. “It was crucial to have the space planned into semi-private areas so everyone in the family could host their own social gatherings, yet not feel confined.”

A series of arches separates the game room from the home theater. A spiral staircase provides a dramatic focal point. The result is a true family retreat.


Flooring: Tuftex Sonora
Staircase ribbon: House of Forgings
Countertops: Cambria
Bar backsplash: Country Gris Claro
Refrigerator: KitchenAid
Microwave: Whirlpool
Dishwasher: Bosch
Bar faucet: Kohler
Garbage disposal: PRO 750 Evolution Series
Bar sink: Kohler
Chandelier: Grandview
Plumbing fixtures: Artifacts
Paint: Olympus

Photos: James Maidhof

Related Posts

Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More