Loft-Like Basement RenovationContemporary Basement, DC Metro

Example of a trendy look-out gray floor basement design in DC Metro with white walls and no fireplace —  Houzz
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raellis wrote:May 15, 2012
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    Skyblu Design

    Thank you so much for doing such a thorough job answering all these questions. I appreciate it! You rock!

  • Elisabeth Girard

    Could you tell me the dimensions of the column where the TV is mounted? I absolutely love your design! I have ductwork everywhere in my basement and this would be a cool way to incorporate/hide some of it. Thanks!

visit wrote:Jul 21, 2012
  • bennettg
    To go back to the soundproofing issue, we loved the exposed ceiling and would love to do the same in our basement. However, we have a workout room and electric drum set down there. Currently, we get almost no noise upstairs -- presumably due largely to the current drop ceiling. If we remove the ceiling tile, I'm concerned about how much noise will penetrate to the kitchen and family room upstairs. Since we've been living here almost 20 years, adding a sound attenuation mat is not an option and the floors are largely wood.

    I'm trying to figure out if I'd be silly to remove the current ceiling tiles. Can you provide an idea of how much noise came up from the basement in this project?

    Thanks a lot.
  • K W
    A ton of noise comes up from below and you can hear a pin drop from above.
marcishephard wrote:Aug 29, 2012
  • 14649
    I have the same question as ryanduman. What was the poplar wood built onto and is there an opening to access the wires for other devices. Would you explain how it was constructed? My husband and I are working on rehabbing our basement now and are just at the stage of putting in joists/drywall. thank you
  • D. J.
    The wood slats are a great idea for poles in basement! Where do you get them? How are they put onto the wall? Can you get wood slats anywhere near Philadelphia, Pa.?
Jan Kietzmann wrote:Oct 8, 2014
  • Randy Devost

    I love this look! Was the ceiling painted with a sprayer or all by hand with a roller or brush?

  • dmenesses

    Can you tell me about the wood wall - type of wood and how it was installed?

pmartz wrote:Aug 21, 2014
  • natashasomaiya
    lovely space !!
    What is the flooring?
  • Kara Pumphrey

    I would love to know where the homeowners purchased their furniture, specifically the white leather chair? I have looked at Designs within Reach and they do not have either the sofa or chair!!! Please help!

holthausvi wrote:Dec 9, 2012
  • Kelli Tran
    What color is the daltile?
  • mary6035

    Also interested in tile color

mdmo2 wrote:Oct 2, 2012
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    This house has forced air heating and cooling. Radiant heat is a great upgrade if your budget allows it. Thanks.
  • Karin Dc
    So the supply airducts have been painted white too?
kfromma wrote:Sep 29, 2015
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    There's multiple ways that this can be done but for us using the electric sprayer was the quickest for applying the paint. The prep was done by and hand. Thanks for you interest in our project.

  • Andres Acosta

    I am thinking of doing something similar, I can move some wiring etc, but was wondering if the wiring can be painted with the electric sprayer along with the wood or would that not be safe? The reason for this is most of my wiring is in different colors from over the year the previous owners.

Kelley Nancy wrote:May 22, 2015
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    Leaving the joists open allowed a low basement ceiling to have a light and airy feeling. To achieve this look we cleaned the joists and subfloor first (may require sanding) then primed and sprayed. There is a good deal of labor involved in the prep work and this isn't necessarily a cheaper option than covering the ceiling in drywall. I hope this information helps and thanks for your interest in our work.

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    Raji RM

    The natural wood wrapped column is the best part. Beautiful!

crverda wrote:Apr 5, 2014
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    The Owner's purchased this from a local garden store. It was a while ago and they are not certain where it came from. Thanks for your interest.
  • ashoumiss
    Where is the red chair from ? And also the side table?
doyleigh wrote:Oct 7, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    Benjamin Moore Ceiling White. Thanks for your interest
  • rachel wise
    Thank you for the interior painting color!
dk_nguyen wrote:Jan 8, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    Dal tile 12” x 24”
  • Nick Bove
    Love the tile as well. Its the perfect grey. What color / line Dal Tile is this?
mahlga wrote:Oct 14, 2012
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    The space is approximately 600 SF. Thanks for your interest.
  • Taylor Collins

    It's crazy to think that this is only 600 sq. ft. I just moved to a small house, and I have been wondering what to do with my basement. I'll definitely have to consider doing something similar to what you've done here. I particularly like the way you've made the space appear bigger than it is. If I can do anything close to this good of a job, I will be amazed.

Emily Marker wrote:Aug 30, 2012
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    Hi Emily Marker,
    We used our best judgement to minimize and conceal the wiring and cables in the ceiling and then painted everything white.

    Thank you,

    p.s. please check out our eBook, From House to Home: An Architect's Perspective on Remodeling (
  • Vickie Boswell
    What did you for sound insulation.
ngtp wrote:Oct 27, 2018
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    I am not sure. We got some of this furniture at Design within Reach for the photo shoot.

monklestiltskin wrote:Apr 13, 2016
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    Yes the central chase is drywall concealing ductwork. Before you go building an elaborate panel system, I would recommend painting the ducts and wiring and see if that hides things to your satisfaction. If the white doesn't give you enough detail and you have a single central trunk line like we do here, you may want to try to add a pop of color on that duct. Thanks for your interest in our work.

alonzoc69 wrote:Jan 16, 2016
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    The wood surround at the TV really provides a warm backdrop to the stark white nature of the walls. We used 1x3 slats of birch, this is the a great way to get a warm wood tone in the space and not have to break the bank with maple, beech, or ash. You will probably need to contact a local lumber yard (non-big box store) to find any of these woods as they are not as available. Thanks for your interest in our work.

jpetrow58 wrote:Nov 6, 2015
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    That's a great question. A lot of the wiring was relocated (as you can see from the holes in the joists) during construction. The chase running above the TV was one location that they were moved. Items that couldn't be moved were painted white and they just blend in with the floor above. The electrical panel was on the wall and we didn't need to worry about it being seen in the ceiling. Thanks for your interest in our work.

bemum wrote:Aug 27, 2015
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    We feel that white works better in areas where the ceiling is lower. The black is better at hiding things (wires, ducts, etc.) that are in the ceiling plane but the benefits of that don't really start to happen until the ceiling is 12'-0". White also reflects more light and in basement's, like this one, you can never have too much ambient light. Thank you for your question and your interest in our work.

Sarah G wrote:Jun 27, 2015
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    Wentworth, Inc.

    The tile can be purchased from Daltile. It's the Pizzazz series 12x24 "gray shimmer". Thanks for your inquiry

Shelly Elmore wrote:Jul 20, 2014
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    This was a homeowner provided item, but I believe that it is from design within reach. We will check with them and post their response if the remember. Thank you for your interest.
louiselaprade wrote:Sep 7, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    The wood on the wall is Burch. They are custom made and have been clear sealed.
moonzbell wrote:Aug 11, 2013
tyra1981 wrote:Jul 11, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    The coffee table is from Design Within Reach.
houston50 wrote:Jan 18, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    All paint by Benjamin Moore but exact colors not available at this time. Looking into it - also a local Benjamin Moore store should be able to provide a close match if you show this image.
dcarter674 wrote:Jan 4, 2013
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    It was professionally spray painted. Thanks.
soulio wrote:Aug 25, 2012
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    Wentworth, Inc.
    Hi soulio,
    the track lighting we used is Lightolier ( Thanks for the compliment!
savannahh22 wrote:Aug 2, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Nicole Jacobs added this to Ideas for Partially Finishing Your BasementJan 9, 2017

3. Capture the power of white. This basement obviously gets a lot of natural light, thanks to the fact that it is a walk-out basement-style space. But a great way to provide the illusion of light and to add ceiling height is to paint everything white. With this room’s exposed ceilings and walls painted a crisp white, it’s hard to tell where the walls end and the ceilings begin.

Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science) added this to 21 Creative Ways With Load-Bearing ColumnsMay 2, 2014

Turn it into a media center. Not sure where to place your TV in your big, beautiful open floor plan? Why not turn your structural column into a media center? Even if you don’t place the TV there right away, it could be smart planning to allow for electrical outlets near the column.

Vanessa Brunner added this to Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Basements of 2012Jan 9, 2013

6. Modern basement in Maryland. An open floor plan and exposed joists on the ceiling create visual lightness in this previously dark and damp basement. Readers loved the little details that helped make it more modern, including the wood treatment around the center column. See more of this basement

Becky Harris added this to 5 Awe-Inspiring Basement RenovationsJan 7, 2013

Designer and builder Bruce Wentworth left the rafters exposed and painted them white to lighten up the space. He used wood strips to cover some of the more unsightly elements, like ductwork and structural posts, and in this area to create a clever media wall.

Vanessa Brunner added this to 25 Most Bookmarked Remodeling Guides of 2012Dec 18, 2012

24. A Gloomy Basement Lightens UpThis inspiring basement's before and after photos presented Houzzers with tips on how to turn a dark and damp basement into a pristine living space. While the structural work on this space was intense, a simple palette and an emphasis on strong materials resulted in a clean and durable design.

Cathy Lara added this to A Gloomy Basement Lightens UpAug 8, 2012

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.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

HU-505324556 added this to Basement Spare Room15 hours ago

Hide ducting in wooden structure

toongirly added this to Other houseSep 10, 2019

I like the shades of gray and white, with the wood and the pop of red.

Aretha Delight-Davis added this to BasementSep 6, 2019

In case that concrete flooring isn’t cost effective, then flooring like this could work so long as the price point is pretty significant.

Reese Buettner added this to principals of designSep 5, 2019

emphasis. the emphasis in this room is the red chairs.

noorham added this to Basement drop ceilingSep 5, 2019

color of ceiling and walls is white

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