Architect Alison Strickland turns her basement into a bright, functional space for her family to enjoy.
CANADIAN HOME TRENDS BASEMENTS CAN BE DAMP AND MUSTY, WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO AVOID THIS?
ALISON STRICKLAND We started by installing a DRIcore subfloor over the concrete slab floor. DRIcore’s subfloor panels are very easy to install and offer special air gap technology that will help control moisture, keeping the basement warm and dry all year round. We topped the subfloor with a 3/4” solid hardwood. Normally, I would not recommend solid hardwood in a basement because excess moisture can cause it to curl, shrink or expand. The basement had no preexisting moisture or humidity issues and the DRIcore subfloor protects the floor from the cold concrete while keeping moisture at bay. We have had no issues or evidence of moisture damage to date!
CHT CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU OVERCAME THE DESIGN CHALLENGES YOU FACED IN THIS SPACE?
AS I wanted a space that didn’t feel like a basement but with only two small windows, low ceilings and ductwork running through the space, this was a challenge. The walls and ceiling were painted the same color throughout to keep the space feeling bright and open. When it came time to furnish the space, I had lots of design ideas and I was going around in circles. I enlisted the help of Diane and Rachel of One Three Design and they brought fantastic ideas into the space including a feather mural for the gym, a gorgeous hexagonal oak and navy coffee table and a built-in wall unit with a back-lit mirror feature. They were totally in sync with the fresh, casual, architectural look I wanted and nailed it at the very first meeting with a great choice of area rug, lighting fixtures, and later, the accessories. We didn’t change a thing.
Architect, Strickland Mateljan Design + Architecture
Designer, One Three Design
Photography by, Leslie Goodwin Photography
Subfloor System, DRIcore
Paint, Snowfall White 2144-70, Benjamin Moore
Flooring, Home Depot