A walk-out basement gets a warm and inviting makeover with a chic, coastal vibe.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BASEMENT’S DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

CHERYL TAY The homeowners visualized their basement as the primary spot to spend recreational time with family and friends. With 1,300 square feet to work with, we were able to accommodate everything on their list, plus a bar and lounge as well as two full baths, a separate shower room to serve the pool guests and a full private bath in the nanny’s suite. With a walk-out basement, there’s a lot more natural light. We wanted to keep the layout as open as possible to allow light to flow throughout the space.

CHT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

CT The personalities and lifestyle of the homeowners was the inspiration for my design. The goal was to maximize the functionality of the space around a great design that reflects the style of the family.

CHT WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN DESIGNING AN OPEN CONCEPT BASEMENT?

CT Make sure you plan out all the details of the layout, design and finishes before you start. An open concept that has no defined purposes ends up being wasted space. I always say, there’s a big difference between finishing your basement and designing your basement.

CHT WHERE DID YOU DECIDE TO SPLURGE IN THIS BASEMENT?

CT We splurged on the extra costs involved in taking the bar and lounge to the next level. This included details like the widening of the whole footprint, beefing up the walls that wrap the posts, cladding them in the same material as the cabinets, quartz countertops and adding a fireplace to top it off.

CHT CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HOMEOWNERS?

CT They’re the cutest! It was an exciting but also nervous time for them. Stephanie and Laurence were expecting their first child at the time and her baby shower a month before the baby’s due date was our deadline for the project. They were great about being involved in the decision making process and keeping the lines of communication open. They’re laid back, young at heart, warm and inviting: just like their new space.

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