Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

ART Design Build
Project name: The Basement Retreat
Project location: Chevy Chase, Md.
Square footage: 1,070
Project cost: $89,756


The clients desired a finished basement that maximizes living space and includes an additional bedroom, a full bathroom and functional storage. The lower level had to be a comfortable area for the family to relax and also an inviting place for guests to visit. Initially the owners thought of a rustic industrial look, but it would not blend with the classical transitional feel of the home.

Reconfiguring and updating some of the water supplies and drains generated a standard ceiling height throughout the basement. The hot-water heating pipes were painted to blend in with the white-painted floor joists and sub-flooring exposed above. To create a level of consistency in the house, the design concept incorporates clean lines and simple, neutral colors with darker accents.

Products installed

Doors: ThermaTru
Door hardware: Rolling Barn Doors Hardware
Tile: Merola Arte; Daltile
Flooring: Impressions Vinyl Plank
Moulding/trim: TW Perry
Lighting: IKEA
Cabinetry: Wyndham
Toilet: TOTO
Shower: Schluter-Systems
Shower faucet: Kohler
Sink faucet: Ultra

Photos: Stu Estler


Drexel Design Studio
Fountain Valley, Calif.

Project name:
Private Club Level
Project location: Long Beach, Calif.
Square footage: 655
Project cost: $125,000


The goal of the project was to repurpose a musty, windowless basement. The damp basement was stripped and waterproofed. The space was reframed, insulated and drywalled and now features all-new wiring, lighting and audio. The new layout includes a wine cellar, TV area, media area, home gym and storage.

Products installed

Doors: Art of Moulding
Tile: Italy
Cabinetry: Sawdust Studios
Countertop: Italy
Home control system: Lutron
Home theater: Bose

Photos: Darnall Photography


Poehlmann Construction Co.
Fort Collins, Colo.

Project name:
Basement Remodel
Project location: Colorado
Project cost: $150,000+


A young couple desired a functional yet luxurious extra space to accommodate their growing young family and to entertain friends. The scope of the project included a contemporary look and design basement finish that fit in with the site of the home and blends in with the Colorado lifestyle.

Of particular importance to the wife was the need for a wide open space: bright, cheery and full of natural light. She also felt the bathrooms should be beautiful and comfortable, yet luxurious. A priority for the husband’s wish list was an updated and highly functional media center that would cleverly conceal all their audio equipment that they didn’t want in plain sight.

The home was improved dramatically by the addition of a beautiful and updated space loaded with unique features. The couple now has space to have fun while raising their young family. The wife got her cheery, light, bright, open space and the husband got a first class bar and entertainment area to entertain family and friends.

Photos: Tim O’Hara Photography

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