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Houzz TV: What Lies Beneath? A Tiki Bar Basement

Houzz TV: What Lies Beneath? A Tiki Bar Basement

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Houzz TV: What Lies Beneath? A Tiki Bar Basement

This old bungalow on a quiet street in southeast Portland, Oregon, has a secret. Upstairs it’s a neatly kept, renovated 1910 Craftsman. Downstairs, however, hides an explosion of midcentury pop culture in the form of a basement tiki bar. Think Trader Vic’s on steroids.

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lslav2012
That is a high level of devotion to tiki :-) What bizzare yet fun space!
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modtiki

Long live tiki! Rhonda and Bill, you did a great job incorporating all your various collectibles into the room. Have I ever seen you at Tiki Oasis or Caliente?


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Becky Harris

How fun! I especially love the way they have displayed their collection. This reminds me of the movie "Happy Christmas." The tiki bar basement played a big role in the film.

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northseeker
Love this! Great job! Invite me over.
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Julia Frazier

It's very Portlandia! Love all the lime green - great story

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bonnieinflorida

What material is the flooring? Fun room, reminds me of a bar in a small fishing village here in coastal Florida.

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Todd
Looks like a fun place to hang out! Can I come over?
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tooky58

Great basement re-do! Lime green for the hawks?

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viperfaded


Its useful

   
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sidneyisle
Bill and Rhonda must be a lot of fun to be around!
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Boss Interior Design
This makes me smile. I want to be their friend!
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yasinkelly

^^^Me too!! Love this basement! I can see myself chilling down there after a long day at work and over the weekend! Very down to earth couple!! :)

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modtiki

Ummm... why did veinscurd copy and paste MY comment??


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schwager
A tiki basement and animal portraits in the dining room? Heck, I want to see ALL of this house--- and maybe have boat drinks with this fun couple!!
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Rasha Olama

This is fun :)

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braciea

Beautiful work!

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gissmf

Looks so fun, would love to have a party there. I definitely have basement envy right now, we've only got a small two bedroom place at the moment (which is great and meets our needs, just not much room for extra guests)

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Elliott Mattice

I must be too traditional in my appreciation for the tiki bar era, this comes across like a display of items but misses the mark for the feel and atmosphere of that time period. The actual lounges and bars of that time had more visual warmth and south seas kitsch. It is a nice modern take on the tiki style, but for myself I would go for a more authentic vibe overall.

I still think it's great that Houzz has included this on the site, and I'd love to see more of it.

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captainpj

Non-walkout basements are often dark, neglected places where you go to do laundry or find an old something you've misplaced. Attempts to make them less basementy just seem to fall flat, because let's face it, they're underground. It's great to see people just make it exactly what they want--even a weird tiki bar room. My friend made her basement into a kid toy land, with superthick emerald green carpet, and bright white walls, and toys everywhere. It was awesome.

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Live In Orange County

I celebrate this couples devotion to their passion. Love the whimsical mix of nautical and tiki. If I was ever invited over I'd bring a tiki themed bar warming present and raise a tiki glass!

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yogamom613

very eclectic and thank you Houzz for posting....my only comment is I see no comfortable seating whatsoever. It's nice to have 'cush for the tush' , especially when relaxing with a umbrella drink ;)

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lukebyrne
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Patricia Hall

I'll bring my blender ... and a supply of little umbrellas.

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rugotmar

How did they "unpaint" the white-washed ceiling back to the raw wood look?

   
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susanwhelan2002

A fun room for some obviously whimsical people.

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Hudson Valley Craftsman
As a craftsman and a Parrothead I salute you! Awesome vision, collection and workmanship!
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Delora Dickey

It's wonderful to see people embrace their passion, but I just want to know how much time is devoted to cleaning/dusting the legion of figurines? Is it sad of me to only see the maintenance? ha, ha

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Lynn G

I'd take this over the sterile minimalist views in the other article this week. Much more personality - I want to party there! In the minimalist houses I would feel like by being there I was clutter.


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avilda

Love it....I can see a couple of Tiki mugs that I gave you guys. Looking for the leg lamp nite light. Great job, hopefully I will soon get to see it in person. Mariyn

   
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Reno Advisors

This is just way too much fun!

   
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1kailuagirl
What an inspiring space! love the colors and amazing collections. I too, got my big Tiki from www.tikimaster.com, which is located on Oahu where I live. If anyone wants an amazing tiki field trip, go to their warehouse. Thousands of tikis and things related to the tropics!
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Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

@modtiki -- they are a company completely unrelated to anything on Houzz, just trying to drive traffic to their website. So they don't even bother to post their own comments. They copy & paste and hope people will click on their link. I've reported them as spam. Hopefully you will too.

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Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Extreme theme rooms are a great way to have fun with a passion. All that's missing are the singing birds from Disneyland's Tiki Room. Pretty fun! I'll take a Mai Tai and I'm actually here in Portland, so when is the "bar warming" party? I'm coming in a hula skirt.

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Jeff Zurschmeide

Be sure to come to Tiki Kon here in Portland (well, Vancouver, but right on the river) this summer - all the local tiki-istas would love to meet you!

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sddalg
Two words: AWE-SOME! Thanks for sharing.
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PaintColorHelp.com Dallas

You had me at "tiki." What a fun space, and with all its durable surfaces, actually very practical for kids, pets and parties. As someone mentioned above, adapting a windowless basement can be challenging - this works so well because it has a lounge vibe, and you expect a lounge to be dark, anyway. Just had a thought - have you ever considered adding a live palm and using a grow bulb to maintain it? Might be a fun touch, plants bring in "life" and it would expand on the tropical flair.

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chefkate43
Awesome!!
   
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tikiclampett

Thanks for all the wonderful (mostly!) comments. To answer a few questions: The floor is stained concrete; we didn't "unpaint" the white ceiling, just had it painted brown -- the "raw wood" look is a trick of the photographer's lighting; the issue of comfy seating is a recurring debate, Bill keeps threatening to get a sofa but I think that would totally wreck the ambiance, those bar stools -- believe it or not -- are pretty comfortable; dusting really hasn't been an issue -- it's pretty dark down there! -- we just worry about the inevitable earthquake; not sure if we could get a live palm to thrive down there, but it's an idea; and, Marilyn, the leg lamp night light is in the photo of the bench!

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dianejdietz

I really like what you have done with the basement. It looks great. However, it seems to me like that old refrigerator would use a lot of energy, so it would always be more cost effective to buy a new one.

   
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sddalg

@dianejdietz - the fridge is a new one with a retro look. See the link below the photo, or here: smegusa.com. (Love the lime green!)

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bonnieinflorida

Thank you for answering my question about the floor. I admire your room, the photos make me nostalgic for an old bar I used to visit occasionally here in Florida.

   
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dodge51coronet
Very nice setup! It's always nice to see the different tiki styles that other people like. Here is a photo of my Poolside Tiki Tequila Bar & Lounge here in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. It's only one photo so it's hard to capture the entire area. At least it gives you a little idea of what it looks like. I built the bamboo bar myself about 10+ years ago. It was featured one summer in the Tampa Bay Times.
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jmpjmp

Much better than Trader Vics. Not at all like me, which is why I'd like to hang out a while. I'm sure every one of those tiki items has a cool story. I'd put up another sign somewhere: "There's No Place Like Home."

   
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jaeger731

My 10 year old self visited the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale - and just took my 21 year old there for her first visit. We both walked away feeling with had been taken away to the tropics after just an hour in the place. Already had plans to make a small tiki area outside near our ponds to add the waterfall piece (sound) to our tiki world. Here's to kindred spirits - and to me finding the great tiki statue you have guarding your sacred place!


   
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miker2

The writer seems to be wrestling very hard with trying to find something to compare this to since it's not quite "classic Tiki" and but not quite old sailor bar. How about, "Joe's Crab Shack?" That's pretty much what this is. (Also one of my favorite places!)

   
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miker2

W/re: to the fridge - If you like that look but don't can't find that color without buying something from a pricey boutique appliance supplier (I'm assuming smegusa is pricey since their website doesn't feature prices. . . ), you can always pick up a decent fridge from the local store and paint it yourself - whatever color you want. Won't have the rounded retro-look but it might suffice in a pinch.

   
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bethiniowa

40K does seem a bit steep for this project, but it looks like they might have had to move a major heating duct, which I'm sure was not cheap, and perhaps there were other costs that are not apparent to readers? Is there any plumbing in this project, a bar sink for example? (I can't see one in the photos, but a sink is usually included in a bar.) Perhaps a rough breakout of the costs would be helpful, so that if people are wondering how much a tiki bar like this would cost them to make in their own house (minus certain costs that they wouldn't have to incur, e.g. moving a heating duct), they would have some idea. This is a super-cool tiki place -- we once made a temporary tiki bar for a party and I have missed having it around since then. Thanks so much for sharing it, for letting us "hang out" and enjoy the ambiance for a few minutes!

   
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goodewyfe

How clever! As someone else pointed out, basements with no direct access tend to be dark and it can be difficult to make them useable. Since a tiki bar is supposed to be dark as part of the atmosphere, it's a wonderful use of the space. While $40K seems rather pricey, if the owners can afford it and want to spend the money in this way, that's their business.

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little_fur_acres
Super cool! This Portland artist has a very cool and unique mid-century style. He has done some sweet tiki stuff that would look great in there.
http://studioperrou.com
   
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tikibwana

What's most important is that the owners have the basement bar they wanted.... that said, I've seen such outstanding examples of tiki bars over on Tiki Central... some created by the legendary Bamboo Ben, that this one just doesn't seem very "tiki" to me... to me, tiki looks more like this residential bar he made...


or this one....


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Rhonda Knoche Design

Oh, what fun! Pass the rum. Great place, project and people (and names:) I'm here in Portland, as well, and I think Pangea and the other Portland folks chiming in should make it official. I'll bring the grass skirts. When I moved into our 1945 house, the previous owners had attempted to cover the plumbing pipes with a tiki roof wanna be and a small bar. Fond memories.

   
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Loreto
I think it's scary
   
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1111bandit

Come back to California, please! Your old neighbor misses you. Okay, the tiki basement bar is WAY cool, but so was the wrester motif in the old place. You two are INSANELY talented! Do this for a living, PLEASE!!! Help others less talented who think beige is a color! Miss you!!!

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jagmohan singh
new office
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Paris Eden - Closet Factory

With custom built entertainment centers, your basement or any part of your house can be transformed. And you can create any theme you like, tiki, beachy, even like the below example, rustic poolhouse... whatever your heart desires!




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Samantha Overberg
Shopping for my first home in Maryland and really wanting to personalize the basement area. A basement bar would be perfect, not just for hosting small parties without the noise bothering the neighbors, but also for storing food, water and other goods for the notoriously inevitable snow days that plague the winters.
   
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mbhey

Aloha! what a wonderful project and family! More like this please.

   
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iscashe

After my own heart! Lovely!

   
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Red Candy

Luv it nicely done,a lot of stuff but it doesn't look Missy or over done

   
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Red Candy

Where can I get one of those anatomical head mugs I luv mugs

   
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Red Candy

Sorry got it eBay

   
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Andrea Johnson
What an awesome space...what fun!
   
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Patty Caudill

How fun! Good for you guys!

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Pacific Dream Builders

I love the idea of the space and I am very happy that Houzz has put together the video- it seems like a great idea. I would not display all of the Tiki at once- maybe rotate through them so that it is not so overwhelming....it would give each one a chance to be the star. It is difficult to keep everything clean when it is all openly displayed.

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liannetom

Awesome! And they should be on Portlandia!


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ashleyestridge

you have inspired me to do this in my garage

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Fawn Designer
I would love to hang out here but wouldn't want to be the one to do the dusting! Great fun space.
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Vicon Design & Remodeling
Scorpion bowls here we come.
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wadekm38
love love love it all. The multi-colored pallet looking wainscoting off the hook! I hope to make this the theme of my work shop. And I noticed Bills t-shirt in last picture. Santa Cruz skateboards?
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celestina89

quirky is always good - it makes everyone smile and laugh - and that is always good

   
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nicolilla

10x10 tiki bar. Bamboo harvested from the yard, it covers an old bathroom vanity , bar top is plywood with a paper bag finish , fabric on the bar stools old mens aloha shirt , reclaimed redwood from old water tank decking, 1960's ceramic kamoda cooker , louvered closet doors from an old hotel cut in half and painted to make some walls for shelves and a small selection of grandma's bottle collection that she dug herself mostly in florida , however the bar is in Hawaii

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K&N Sales

What a fun spot! We don't have many basements in Houston. This makes me think we're missing out!

   
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celestina89

@K&N Thought you knew that a Texas Basement is a second story gameroom! That's because the risk of flooding is so high, Texans want to keep their billiard table and 75 inch 4K HDs above water! :)

   
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Bailey R

Reminds me of a restaurant up the street from where I live on PCH. "Don the Beachcomber." . I just love going there for Tiki cocktail....

   
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Roy Li
this are favorite