Directed to design a stylish adult-centric space in a nondescript unfinished basement, Save My Reno designer Sabrina Smelko and contractor Sebastian Clovis fulfill the assignment – and then go beyond it.
Ask and Receive
Hoping for a space that oozed with grown-up sophistication, homeowners Michel and Christine were delighted with their cool, completed basement, which cost them $65,000 all in.
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Basement Office Beauty
Having a well-organized home office was key to making this design work for these busy young parents. Sebastian gave them double desks with plenty of space for their own computers and desktop accessories, but also installed a navy shaker cabinet in the middle for them to share.
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The Stuffed Underground
This unfinished basement was a sea of cement floors, exposed framing, yellow insulation and uncovered ductwork – not to mention the dozens of storage boxes various family members had dumped there over the year.
Creating a cohesive living space out of an empty shell can be a challenge, but the Save My Reno team was able to designate distinct areas and focus on problem solving, such as putting extra storage under the stairs and hiding a weight-baring post in the new guest bedroom wall.
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Closing the Door
After the homeowners had experienced a barn-door debacle during a previous DIY renovation upstairs, they were determined to put that design-disaster to rest and install a chic, working barn door for their new guest bedroom – this time with Sebastian’s expert guidance.
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Grey engineered wood floors now runs throughout the basement, including this restful guest bedroom painted in a soft grey and dressed with pleasing neutral patterns and textiles.
Up, Up and Away
Both the chic headboard and sweet bedside table were upcycled projects that Sabrina spearheaded with Christine’s help. A couple coats of sage-green chalk paint, which doesn’t need sanding or priming, has given new life to a discarded headboard and antique wooden case.
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Blank Canvas No More
Sebastian installed new insulation, drywall and pot lighting to finish off this once-exposed space, providing the blank canvas for Sabrina to work her decorating magic, pulling together an adult-focussed space that ticks off a lot of must-have boxes.
To give this multifunctional floor an injection of sophistication, Sabrina chose navy shaker cabinets and varnished wood finishes for the office and a mix of tactile greys and whites for the lounge area.
This cozy lounge area provides the perfect spot to recharge after a long day splitting time between child care and at-home work. Flick on the electric fireplace, load up some Netflix and actually chill.
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