This Basement Remodel Makes Room for Movies, Workouts and Billiards

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We had never had a finished basement before and may never get to do this kind of thing again, so we wanted to go all-out,

says Jeff Powell, the owner of this colonial-style home outside Washington, D.C. While the house is colonial, Powell and his family prefer contemporary furniture and wanted a very contemporary basement that incorporated a media room, a pool table and game area, a bar, a guest bedroom, a full bathroom and an exercise room; they also wanted a water feature and a fireplace, all of which Moss Building and Design delivered. All the family members, especially the kids, now enjoy the basement.

Basement at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their children, now 17 and 22
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Size: Approximately 1,300 square feet
Year built: 2010, construction took about two months


BEFORE: The basement was a raw, utilitarian space used for storage. The remodel allowed for 8-foot ceilings throughout most of the renovated area. (The ceiling in the media room is 6 feet, 8 inches high.)

The main space has a very open feeling, with a game room and wet bar taking up the main area. The bar has granite countertops, a refrigerator and a dishwasher. Maple wood with a natural finish inlaid with a brushed aluminum finish creates continuity throughout the design.

The media room has a large projection screen, and the homeowners enjoy movie night at least once a week. “One design option that we really love is the open media room,” Powell says.

If we had closed off the media room, then the concept would not have worked; with the open media room it really makes the basement feel like one large, open space.

The clients wanted to incorporate fire and water. The back accent wall in this room is a fountain with recessed panels on both sides.

The fire comes via a wall-mounted gas fireplace. A stainless surround and minimalist lines keep it contemporary.

The basement also has a full bath, a guest bedroom and a home gym, complete with a springy rubber floor.

We now have an at-home gym that I can work out in every morning,

Powell says. The family is glad every day that they decided to go all-out. They love their basement and use it all the time.

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