Sophisticated Basement

The centerpiece of this fabulous basement renovation is a wine cellar with rich custom cabinetry, wine refrigerators and a tasting table.

Opening the staircase, adding rustic doors, stone walls and dramatic lighting complete the refined entertainment space, which also includes a spacious family room area, home gym and updated bathroom.

The project earned Dover Home Remodelers 1st place honors in the prestigious NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards 2019 for Basement Renovation (over $50,000).

After 14 years in their home, this family of six had outgrown their finished basement. Their wish list included a wine tasting area to explore the wine they had collected throughout their travels; comfortable seating to enjoy television and games; and space for a pool table and home gym.

The Basement Staircase Before:

Before: Staircase Leading Upstairs


Before Storage Under Stairs


The Basement Staircase During:

To establish integrity, structural members were installed to re-support the first floor.

During: Stairs Reinforced


During: Under Staircase Storage


The Basement Staircase After:

A custom wood rail with iron balusters, a distressed wood column and cultured stone enhance the updated stairwell area. Custom cabinetry with a microwave drawer and wine storage below the existing stairs add new dimension and function.

Partial Open StairwayBeautiful Iron Balusters

Under Stairs Wine Storage

Microwave Drawer

The Basement Kitchen Before:

Before: Kitchen Electrical Box


Before: Kitchen Area


The Basement Kitchen During:

Cabinets are removed, floors leveled, and a knee-wall is built to define the space.

During: Wine Area


During: Stone Work


The Basement Kitchen–Now a Wine Cellar–After:

It was the homeowners’ travels that inspired this basement transformation—their vision was to replicate the rich, warm and inviting atmosphere of a European wine cellar. The sophisticated transformation features a custom tasting table with seating for eight.

Basement Wine Bar

A live-edge shelf, leathered granite surfaces, porcelain tile, cultured stone and a custom wet bar with floating shelves for stemware elevate the style factor.

Egress WindowWine Bar

Basement Wine Cellar

Hidden Electrical BoxElectrical Box Cabinet

Wine Bar Nook

Light Fixture DetailCounter Top, Stone Wall and Wood Cabinet Detail

Outlet Stonework DetailFloor, Cabinet and Wall Stone Detail

Wine CellarWine Cellar Bar

The Basement Family Room Before:

Before: Living Room/Kitchen Area


Before-Basement Living Area


The Basement Family Room After:

The sophisticated space now suits the family’s current lifestyle.

Beautifully Updated Basement

Living Area Update

Game Room Area

Rustic Game Area

The Basement Bathroom Before:

Before: Basement Bathroom


Before: Basement Shower


The Basement Bathroom After:

A custom vanity is the focal point of the remodeled bathroom. A knee wall was added and the brick floor was extended into the space.

Sophisticated Bathroom RenovationGorgeous Bathroom Update

Shower UpdateBarn Door Storage Area

Basement Storage After:

Barn doors with rustic iron hardware lead to mechanical room, replacing the original builders’-grade, raised-panel door.

Rustic Iron HardwareBeautiful Barn Doors

The Basement Exercise Room Before:

Before: Basement Workout Room


Before: Basement Exercise Room


The Basement Exercise Room After:

The exercise room is now defined by a knee wall with mirrored walls, custom column trim and a custom wood closet door.

Updated Exercise Room