Summer is in full force and things are heating up around here! While Utah is full of grand adventures to be had in the great outdoors, sometimes you just need to escape the heat and lay back in a nice, cool, dark basement to binge watch the latest season of New Girl. We're about to show you the perfect spot to do so....our Summer Hideaway project. This was a fun little project we got to work on for a client who needed our help in transforming her unfinished basement into the perfect hang-out spot for her kids. It also needed to serve the dual purpose of a "pool house" -- a place where the kiddos could dump their swim gear after endless hours of fun in the pool out back and clean up. Can you even think of a better place to spend your summer days?
We designed the space to be kid-friendly and relaxed, but also mature and sophisticated. The custom designed built-in fireplace helps to not only give the room a focal point, but also sets the stage for modern sophisticated living. We love the combo of the deep veined marble and the grain matched cabinetry.
The kitchenette is the perfect place to stop for a quick snack, or to lay out a full spread during those pool parties. The horizontal planked island has got to be one of our favorite elements of this design. Topped off with our favorite Hicks pendants...this is one stylish little kitchenette.
The basement is pretty spacious for it's size and we were able to section off the open living room to accommodate their different needs. Here we created the ultimate kids corner, perfect for gaming, lounging, and all kinds of play. We mirrored the planked cabinetry on the opposite end of the room with this modern ship lap wall.
And here's the "pool house." It sits right off the back entrance of the house and is the perfect spot to filter all the traffic coming in and out from pool. We used a faux hardwood tile to keep messes at bay. The same tile flows straight through to the kitchenette, making clean ups a breeze.
Let's all take a second to swoon over these wall sconces, shall we? We kept the design of this bathroom classic, with black and white tile wainscoting and octagon floor tiles. It's a simple pallet, but timeless and dreamy. We decided to use extra large subway tiles on the bottom that transition to a narrower subway higher up. A great trick for basements with shorter ceilings to keep the eye moving up!
The bedroom in the basement serves as the perfect guest suite. Just look at how much sunlight pours into this room! You'd never know you were in a basement. We kept the furniture in here comfortable and functional, including a bench at the end of the bed with a small accent table for guests to sit and work if needed. We opted to use open nightstands, which really helps to keep the room open and airy (plus there's really no need to have to hide your junk in a guest room!).