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The open floor plan and exposed joists give the feeling of additional height. Wood strip-clad interior columns conceal support beam, ducts, pipes and wires.
"Instead of trying to fuse the look of the basement with the traditional design of the upper floors, we opted for a simpler design that reflected their current taste and lifestyle," Wentworth says.
BEFORE: The basement's low ceiling prevented the family from spending much time in the space.
If funds were unlimited, Wentworth says, his clients would go in the direction of a full house overhaul. "But in the meantime, it's nice for them to have this refreshing change in the basement."
Cabinets on this level give the family more storage and organization options for toys and loose items.