Welcome to the Lower Level! We warmly refer to it as the “Lower Level” because it’s no longer just a basement.
Our client’s request for a wine tasting room served as the catalyst for our creative inspiration, which took the form of a barrel top. This choice holds profound significance, as it originally belonged to our client’s mother and hails from her picturesque hometown in Germany.
The door entering this area offers a tantalizing preview of the Lower Level experience; in each panel we integrated embossed leather.
As you make your way downstairs, you’ll be greeted with the sight of an illuminated handrail. It’s not only a pleasant surprise but also adds an extra layer of safety!
The stairwell walls are treated with raised panels that seamlessly flow into the adjoining room.
As in any basement, the space had become a repository for all cushions and discarded items. (stay tuned for our solution in Part Two)
Our aim was to capture the ambiance of a warm and inviting German restaurant. To bring this vision to life, we incorporated a built-in banquette, opting for a mustard-colored indoor/outdoor fabric. The flooring was replaced with cobblestone-like porcelain tile. We introduced a navy blue embossed crocodile wallcovering throughout the space.
The low ceiling height posed a unique challenge, which we addressed by adding embossed tin ceiling tiles. These tiles not only reflect light but also create a visual illusion of greater height.
Along the back wall, antique glass panels draw attention to our focal point: the captivating barrel head! On the right side of the room is a tasting bar, complete with two custom leather barstools. On the left is built-in cabinetry designed for display purposes as well as storage.
The pièce de résistance: A photograph of our client’s mother’s hometown was meticulously recreated in the form of a mosaic backsplash.
We replaced a closet with a full-size refrigerator that holds more than 70 bottles of wine.
A custom wood and wrought iron floor to ceiling wine rack holds red wine.
One of the most rewarding aspects of this space is the profound emotional experience it imparts to our clients. And what could be better than that?
If you’re thinking of updating an unused space in your home, book a discovery call. We’d love to collaborate in designing new memories!
Stay tuned for Part Two…The Theatre!