Crisp ArchitectsTraditional Home Bar, New York
Basement Pub. London pub created from basement. Bar view. Rob Karosis Photographer
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You should make your basement a …London pub: For many, the pub is a home away from home. But for the owner of this upstate New York home, “away” wasn’t good enough. He tapped architect James Crisp and contractor Jim Muncey to transform his basement into a traditional London pub big enough for 50 people. Guinness-colored wood clads the entire space, which has a full bar, multiple seating areas and even a fireplace — just like a real London pub. “This is what I’d call a very sophisticated man cave,” says Crisp. See more of this basement
For those of you wondering about the usual basement details, the house was built in the 1980s, so the unfinished basement ceilings are nice and high, about 8½ feet. An exit door meet safety codes, and a bathroom, gym and sauna are elsewhere in the basement.More:Contractor Tips: How to Finish a Basement
His wife had more control over the decor in the main house, so he made this his personal project. He reached out to architect Jimmy Crisp to help him realize his vision for creating a London-style pub in his basement. There was a strong push to get an old feeling just right in the space. The contractor even dragged chains across the stained pine floor to add dents and marks.Paint: Bittersweet Chocolate, Benjamin Moore
Select the right furniture. Choose something traditionally English to furnish your pub-style space. First made in the 1700s, Windsor chairs have a distinctive saddle shape, a wooden seat and a hooped back, and can make a pub feel more refined. Vintage wooden stools and wooden tables have more of an authentic feel. The more wobbly (technical term) the stool and the more beer coasters you need to shove under the offending leg, the more genuine it'll look.