Cozy Finished Basement for a Family of Four

Designer: Morgan Bishop, Model Remodel

Location: Broadview, Seattle, WA

Scope: Basement (family room, laundry room, bathroom, three bedrooms, and storage space)

Sustainability: 50%+ recycle rate, low-VOC paint, LED lighting, dimmer light switches, CARB II-compliant cabinetry, low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency mini-split HVAC system, low-VOC WindsorONE trim

This Seattle basement remodel is a perfect example of how a dysfunctional lower level can become a valuable asset. This home went from a three bedroom to a five bedroom after remodeling! A huge transformation for a family of four (five if you count the family pup) that has given them much better use of their home.

The full basement remodel included a garage conversion, two new bedrooms, a home office, a larger bathroom, a dedicated laundry area, under-stair reading nook, bookshelves and large family room. By capturing the deteriorating garage and pouring a new foundation inside of it, we were able to use that space to add more bedrooms and reposition the laundry. The homeowners plan to build a detached garage in the future, and are happy with the choice to convert their garage to livable space.

The finished basement serves as a home office for one parent during the day and a kids space in the evening. Two kids bedrooms share a 3/4 bathroom. The bathroom is playful for the kids, but also designed to age with them as they grow. Ocean blue shower tiles and a patterned floor are an eye-catching combo. The wood vanity and aged bronze fixtures mature the space and help it blend with the rest of the home.

The transitional design of the basement floats between modern craftsman and French countryside, blending well with the existing spaces upstairs. A beautifully detailed stair column and farmhouse lighting are paired with more modern shaker cabinets and a neutral color palette. A must-have for the basement was plenty of bookcases, so we lined the hallway with multiple built-ins and a readying nook. These avid readers can now cozy up with a good book on the couch or under the stairs.

A new laundry area is also more functional with the addition of storage cabinets, a utility sink and a place to hang clothing to dry. A mechanical and storage closet in the far corner of the basement now hides the systems that were previously out in the open. Old carpet and loose tiles were replaced with durable wood and luxury vinyl. Unfinished walls and visible HVAC were replaced with crisp white rooms.

There may be no better use of space or a family home than finishing a basement. A dysfunctional layout was reimagined into more natural spaces that flow one into the next. Now the basement is a comfortable place the whole family can enjoy.



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