2012 Remodelers Showcase
November 2011 Star Tribune
2nd place in the 2011 Local NKBA design contest other room category
Goal: Refurbish an entire lower level room full of 25 years of stuff and make it into a usable office, family room and retreat. The space wasn’t small and had a great stone fireplace but it felt cramped, dark and unorganized.
Challenge: Make the room more functional and pleasant while blending with the 1930 era home. The room needed improved lighting and maximum storage.
Lighting Solution: A new egress window was added to flood the space with daylight. Stone matching the fireplace was used for the exterior window well. Recessed lights were added to the ceiling to boost the ambient light, under-cabinet lights provide task lighting at the desk, and glass door cabinets were fitted with energy efficient LED lights.
Storage Solution: Custom cabinets in knotty alder stained to match the existing wood paneling were install on three of the four walls. The sweeping lines of the cabinetry draw your eye around the room instead of being interrupted by small, mismatched furniture. Both open and closed storage provide variety and interest.
Organization Solution: Lateral file drawers, open bookcases, and closed cabinets provide ample storage for books, records, and memorabilia. An unused closet was lined with shelves to store large and seasonal items. New wiring for the TV and computer equipment was rerouted and concealed within the cabinets. The homeowner is now able to work, watch TV, and relax in a new space that is amazingly beautiful.