Basement Renovation – Tuscany Style
The “Man Cave” has been a widely used term when referring to the transformation of the lost space under our houses into a den for the guys. These days seems like most of clan has fallen into the cave and this space has now become an extra comfortable living space for the entire family. Gaining extra real estate can mean a game room, theater and especially the bar that you have always wanted! In this man cave renovation we worked closely with the architect/builder, The Tuscany Group, to transform an unfinished basement into a comfortable living space. The result was truly “showcase” and the gem of the house!
Custom entry Doors make the best first impression
Starting with the entrance is an important way to make your space complete. A hand made door will give your new space an importance that it will change it’s perception from basement finished home. We used a hand carved door to set the old world tone, removing the original standard door. Other options are metal studded, rustic worm wood with hand hammered “clavos”. Wrought iron insets are also incredibly beautiful in entry doors and can be used in conjunction with dual pane insulated glass units for exterior doors.
A hand made door will give your new space an importance that it will change it’s perception from basement finished home.
Fully Functional Rustic Bar
Functionality is crucial for comfort. Take, for example, the bar area. There are many options that will make your space a pleasure to inhabit. While designing the rustic wooden Mexican bar for this home, we kept our focus on a small refrigerator, ice machine, sink, dishwasher and microwave. The components of the back bar were specially crafted to encompass all of the important components. It was crucial to make sure that the family could enjoy an entire day in the lower level of their home with out the necessity to run up and down the stairs.
Hand Made Iron Bar Chairs
Working with main elements like the bar front can get a theme started. Adding accents can strengthen the look you are working to accomplish. The bar chairs should be of a similar character and a complimentary design. We designed a slightly modern but hand forged iron chair that sets off the 16th century Spanish galleon details of the bar. To keep the theme going we created a custom paper towel holder …the devil is in the details!
Artistic Blown Glass to Light up the Corners
The lighting is also crucial. In this installation each of the back bar cabinets is internally lit. There is also an under cabinet light for the back bar work surface. We added some bright red blown glass pendants, a shape that is also a “No Mas! Productions” original. Adjacent to the bar we hung a circular chandelier that we created with onyx cylinders as shades. Lower in the room we placed red glass lamps as accents.