Basement / EXPANDING DOWN UNDERContemporary Basement, Philadelphia
Lower Level family room with Acoustic ceiling and built in storage
Photo by:Jeffrey Edward Tryon
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Ceiling treatment. Another design challenge down under is awkward low ceilings that are cut up by ductwork, pipes and wiring. In this basement, the architects reconfigured the ductwork and created interest with perforated corrugated metal panels that are easy to remove for access to wires. See more of this basementCarpet: Masland Carpets & Rugs
A striped rug emphasizes the room’s width, which mitigates the long, narrow proportions. A large sectional sofa and a table at the end of the room delineate two separate areas within the large, open space. “We always want to make the most of dead space, which existed behind these walls,” Conroy says. They used a thick-wall strategy, creating a series of niches wrapped in natural beechwood, including a seat with cabinets behind it, a wine rack wall and a deep recess for the TV, all with cabinets underneath and around them in contrasting white. The niches break up the long wall and add storage for board games and wine as well as display space. They also provided an opportunity to layer in more lighting, which we’ll get to in a minute. These kinds of thoughtful design solutions and details are proof positive of why hiring professional designers is worth every penny and then some.