Cozy Up With This Charming Farmhouse Inspired Basement Remodel




What happens when you have three boys who are gaming and sports enthusiasts and just one TV on your main living floor? Well, you send them down to the basement. But what if that basement isn’t warm, cozy or inviting and is a bit on the dark side? It’s time for a renovation! There’s nothing better than tapping into underutilized basement space and I’m happy to be sharing this latest charming farmhouse inspired basement remodel that I completed for this fabulous family of five. 

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When my clients Amy and Guy moved into their home approximately 16 years ago they embarked on a basic basement remodel of their 1925 English Tudor in Brighton, New York. The basement was a main thoroughfare since they entered through their ground floor garage into this lower level. The stairs were carpeted, support beams were wrapped, a closet was built, a full bath was added and drywall put up. They painted the ceiling and called it a day.

Before

A small and dark cubby play space was created under the stairs when the boys were toddlers. A make shift mudroom was just outside the garage door. Although finished, the damp basement remained a combination of storage and play space. (Click to see an enlarged image.)

Farmhouse Style with An Industrial Flair

It was now time to bring this tired space to the next level by finishing it off for the whole family. Although Amy had to share the space with her four men she wanted to add an inviting farmhouse decor style that she could call also enjoy.

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We started with the flooring. The existing carpet came up and down went the Armstrong Luxe Plank Limed Oak in Chateau Gray flooring. We recessed all the electrical and plumbing and finished off the ceiling with a cleaner board and batten finish. The walls were then painted in Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW7043.

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Stepping Up in Style

The stairs up to the main floor received the biggest facelift.  We removed the carpeting to find linoleum treads. They all came up.  The dated railing was replaced with an industrial 1- inch pipe railing by Justin Russell and classic arts and crafts newell post.  Drawing you down to the lower level we created a focal wall by adding horizontal darker wood planks.  The treads got painted Sherwin Williams Porpoise and a commercial carpet runner was installed. What a difference! 

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Space Savers

 The door to the exercise room was removed and replaced with a sliding barn door hung by black industrial metal hardware. We exchanged the traditional 6-panel doors throughout the basement with arts and craft 3-paneled doors. Now the exercise room is closed off in style. The door no longer opens into the the stair landing causing a traffic jam. Barn doors often are a more affordable and stylish solution to a pocket door.

Design Tip: Dont be afraid to mix woods. Here we have four woods all complimenting each other. Keep in mind to us similar species of wood or stay within the same color tone. I chose all gray washed wood kept the largest surface of the floor simple. The accent wall treatment  has more graining variation and a darker tone. The counter top is stained dark to tie in with the stair treads and iron work. The smallest wood application on the stool tops add interest with contrast and pattern. 

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Creating A Cozy Corner

We were happy to find the wall that created the small play space under the stairs was not loadbearing. That immediately came down and opened up a new cozy reading nook. Amy mentioned that the boys often have sleepovers and would all sleep on couch cushions. Luckily, the space allowed perfectly for a twin mattress. I turned to my friends at Raymour & Flanigan for a Serta Perfect Twin Mattress. No more back aches and waking up on the cold floor. I purchased a decorative mattress cover and decorated the wall under the stairs creating a mini gallery wall. The drawers underneath the daybed house extra bedding and blankets. It’s now become one of the boys favorite spots to hang out. Large commercial sized cabinet hardware dress up all the drawers, cabinetry, and back mudroom. 

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Creating a Focal Point

With fewer windows in basement remodels there tends to be a lot of wall space. To break up this large area we added accent wood plank walls. This adds interest in pattern without feeling that you need to fill each and every wall with art. Front and center we added the Natalie TV credenza with electric fireplace from Raymour & Flanigan. The dark weathered wood matched the stair treads and the iron handles and hardware complemented all the dark metal finishes. This piece has become the focal point of the entire living space. Not only does it add warmth with the crackling wood fire we have added heat eliminating the basement chill. This was the smarter solution than adding a gas fireplace. No venting or gas lines needed!

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All the gaming components are neatly hidden behind the glass doors. We accented this neutral decor with pops of denim blue, navy, and cream.

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In The Details

When mixing furniture, hardware and accessories try sticking to a common finish. They don’t have to be an exact match but close counts! It’s virtually impossible to have all your finished match but we kept with a dark oiled rubbed bronze accent. The hardware on the fireplace/TV console adds so much interest and ties in with the new cabinetry hardware, framed artwork, accent decor, door levers, railings and even the switch plate covers

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Finishing Touches

Finishing off the TV area we added a large cozy carpet, swivel accent chairs, and a round tufted ottoman for putting your feet up. All soft surfaces for these active boys. We repurposed Amy and Guy’s existing sectional and added cozy throw blankets and comfortable accent pillows. For wall art, I added rustic maps, vintage sports photographs, fun message boards, family photos, and golden retriever artwork to honor their furry companion Otto.

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The Snack Bar

Amy wanted to avoid eating on the sofa.  We had roughly 8 feet from the back of the sofa to the back wall.  Instead of a table and chairs I designed a 10-foot counter bar the entire length of the sectional. This way all the food could stay away from the living area and on entertaining  nights provide additional seating. 

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Contractor John Spock of Oasis Design & Remodeling brought my simple sketch to life using stained maple wood and the same industrial plumbing pieces as the railing.  Amy purchased four  Oregon BarHeight Stools   from Raymour & Flanigan. These black metal stools with wooden seats have a rustic farmhouse look and just the right amount of industrial flair. They tuck neatly under the table when not in use. These indestructible stools come in three different color combinations and  two sizes. It was tough for me to choose.  I love them all!

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A Clear View

I made sure that the counter height table was low enough that when entertaining there’s a clear view across entire space keeping it as open as possible.

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The Decadent Dry Bar

Just behind the counter bar was a small indented space that just screamed for a dry bar. There’s so much style packed into this little nook!

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This functional space houses a 2-door wine and beverage fridge, a large drawer for holding bar and entertaining accessories, a pull-out garbage and recycle bin and upper open cabinetry with mesh metal allowing Amy and Guy to display their bar and glassware. To add contrast to the dry bar we painted the cabinets Sherwin-Williams Anonymous SW 7046. Oiwhite Geo Hex ceramic three-dimensional hexagon tile for the backsplash and bright white grout. It adds a modern touch and compliments the white quartzite countertop.

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Now Amy, Guy, and the boys are ready to RELAX IN STYLE. We’ve created a cozy, warm and inviting space for not only the boys day to day gaming but also an adult space equipped  for entertaining and showing off!

I asked Amy if the boys were enjoying the basement? She said “They never come upstairs anymore!”  I would say this remodel is a success. I’m off to tackle their living room next.  I hope you follow along with me on my Meme Hill Studio Instagram account where I share more interior designs, painting, DIY,  and everyday inspirations! 

xox Amie

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  • Disclaimer: When I refer to “We” I really mean John Spock and his team of talented carpenters. No finger nails of mine were broken in this remodel. 

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40 Comments on Cozy Up With This Charming Farmhouse Inspired Basement Remodel

  1. Leona M Piro
    February 13, 2018 at 11:39 am (10 months ago)

    What an amazing remodel, Amie! It is perfect in every way! Hard to say what I like best but if I had to choose it would probably be the matress tucked under the staircase. Great style and function throughout. I am a fan!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm (10 months ago)

      Aww Thank you so much Leona! This was a fun project. We’ve been working on it for a while now! Glad the family can now enjoy it. Have a great day.

      Reply
  2. Nancy Baker
    March 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm (9 months ago)

    Love this, Amie!! I especially love the bar set up behind the couch: what a great way to keep eating and relaxing apart….. so often I find food between the couch cushions!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      March 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm (9 months ago)

      HI Nancy! Yes we had just enough room to add this and you can use if for so much! Glad you like it. Its one of my favorite features of the remodel. Amie

      Reply
  3. Laurie
    April 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm (8 months ago)

    Very nice remodel. Is the flooring real finished wood and did you install it on concrete floors? If so, did you use any barrier between the surfaces?

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      April 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm (8 months ago)

      HI Laurie! Yes the existing floor was concrete and we used a composite flooring. I put a link tot he flooring in the blog post you can read all about the Armstrong flooring and how to lay it down on their site. We chose this flooring because it doesn’t not require a vapor barrier and the boys come in thru the basement garage. Lots of wear and tear and this is super durable. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  4. Marie
    April 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm (8 months ago)

    Can you tell me the name of the hexagon tiles. I love them!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      April 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm (8 months ago)

      HI Marie! I had to look at my receipt from Home Depot. I just updated the blog post with the link to the Geo Hex tile.

      Reply
  5. Leslie Fakhoury
    April 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm (8 months ago)

    This is truly gorgeous and the layout is like my basement. Can you provide a ballpark of what this project cost? Thanks in advance!!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      April 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm (8 months ago)

      Hello Leslie! This renovation was approximately 40K. There was a big chunk of it dumped into moving around plumbing, gas and electrical lines so that the ceiling could be flush. There was a mudroom addition and shelving construction that I didnt include in the blog post either.

      Reply
  6. Gwen
    April 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm (8 months ago)

    Hi,

    I love this basement!!! May I ask what color is the wood you use for the accent wall and the company that makes it? Are the cabinets custom?

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      May 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Gwen! I have to ask the homeowner what we used. I know that the contractor found some discount boards to save on cost. And yes the cabinetry was custom. We needed a space for two large pull out bins. One for garbage and one fore recycling. The carpenter was very crafty with adapting to old house angles and odd spaces.

      Reply
      • Shannon (Arena) Speranza
        September 23, 2018 at 11:49 am (3 months ago)

        Hello Amie!!! Great make over!!!! Can you tell me if you know where the wood for the walls was from? I have been searching and everything I have found is quite costly.

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        • memehillstudio
          September 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm (3 months ago)

          Hi Shannon! These are Armstrong planks from Artwalk tile. You can also check Home Depot and the Allure traffic master plank flooring is super affordable. Are you planning on using it for the wall? Its super easy to install and is very lightweight. They also carry a line from Home Decorators collection that I am using for my cottage bunkhouse product. All water resistant.

          Reply
  7. Abby Smith
    May 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm (8 months ago)

    Looks great! How exactly did you do the ceiling? Is it a drop down ceiling or did it get dry walled in?

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    • memehillstudio
      May 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm (8 months ago)

      HI Abby- We used drywall sheets and used trim pieces over the seams to create the look.

      Reply
  8. Bethany
    May 22, 2018 at 5:38 pm (7 months ago)

    Where did you find the world art piece?

    Reply
  9. Shakeela
    June 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi
    What type of carpet in stairs???

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      July 3, 2018 at 2:17 am (6 months ago)

      Hi it is a commercial carpet that we had bound. They have three boys and they all come in from the garage through the basement so the carpet had to be durable. It is made by Shaw flooring

      Reply
  10. Shakeela
    June 30, 2018 at 7:10 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi
    I love it
    How much it cost to finish the basement with one full bathroom
    Thas

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      July 3, 2018 at 2:14 am (6 months ago)

      It cost around 25K. It all depends on what finishes you choose.

      Reply
  11. Gwen
    August 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm (4 months ago)

    I love this basement! May I ask what the height and width of the table behind the couch?

    Thank you

    Reply
  12. Jessica
    September 11, 2018 at 12:43 am (3 months ago)

    What is the height of the ceiling?

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      September 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi They are around 8 1/2 feet.

      Reply
  13. Dianne
    September 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi. I love the two matching grey/blue? chairs. Are they swivel/gliders? If yes who are they made by and how much and where did you purchase them? So many questions I know but I think they’d be perfect in my small sitting room. I can’t have any large chairs or they’ll crowd and take over the room. Many thanks. The transformation is awesome.
    Dianne

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      October 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Dianne- Sorry for the late response. Here is the link to the chairs. I think that you will love them. They are swivel gliders. Let me know if this link works…. https://amzn.to/2IBzWXO

      Reply
  14. Doreen
    September 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm (3 months ago)

    I love this remodel!! It’s beautiful! We just did a remodel and our basement looks very similar. I’m very interested in learning more about the counter height table behind the sofa. Is it custom made? Or did you purchase it somewhere? If so, where?

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    • memehillstudio
      October 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm (3 months ago)

      HI Doreen- The table was custom made by our carpenter and the stools were from Raymour and Flanigan. I believe there is a link to the stools. I am actually heading to that remodel this afternoon and will take some dimensions if you need any. I will be posting an additional post this weekend on smart space saving solutions. Stay tuned… Amie

      Reply
  15. Katy
    November 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm (1 month ago)

    How big is this tv?

    Reply
  16. Cheri
    November 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm (1 month ago)

    Is there a link for the area rug used with the sectional?

    Reply
  17. Gina
    November 11, 2018 at 4:46 pm (1 month ago)

    I love the rug and blue ottoman! Where can I find?!??

    Reply

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