Finished Basement

Gold and Janus Award

Finished Basement Co., Maple Grove, Minn.

The design of this lower level needed to mirror the rest of the home, which was designed and built in a contemporary style. The owners wanted a space that incorporated their art collection and provided a “playground” for their teenage daughters. The finished basement is warm yet modern and flows from the main level, not only in the selection of finish materials and style, but also in the organic curves of the space. Challenges, including large structural posts, a wood-burning fireplace and tension bolts holding the main-level staircase in place, were masked with architecture and the homeowners’ art collection.



Wentworth Inc., Chevy Chase, Md.

A family of four wanted to turn its dark Washington, D.C., rowhouse’s basement into a multifunctional space with defined areas for play, TV and work. The homeowners specifically wanted an office space, laundry closet for a stacked washer/dryer, ample storage units and an enclosure to conceal the mechanical equipment. To meet the clients’ requirements, three distinct spaces were created. Space 1 is a designated TV area made possible by covering an impractical fireplace. Space 2, between existing columns, is the children’s play area with toy storage in nearby closets and storage units. Space 3 is a cozy, secluded office with a custom built-in desk and bookcases.



Synergy Design & Construction, Reston, Va.

The clients were uninspired by their basement and wanted a welcoming space for themselves and their many friends. A complete interactive gaming area was the first priority. The area includes a pool table, game table, large-screen TV, and a bar that provides ample seating and a large wine cabinet. The bathroom also was expanded to service the outside pool area and provide a spa-like feel to the lower level. In addition, a home gym accomplishes the homeowners’ renovation goals.