Wednesday, November 18, 2015
In Colorado, we are fortunate to expand our living space into the basement. This particular basement that Corinne Ekle, along with architect, Craig Cahen with Cahen Architectural Group, transformed into a custom hang out retreat. From updating an existing kitchen to adding a temperature controlled wine cellar, the results are a beautiful addition to their Greenwood Village home.
The homeowners wanted to personalize their already finished basement. Architect, Craig Cahen, was called in to design a wine cellar using the unfinished space behind the second kitchen. Beautiful custom glass double doors with vine detailed ironwork opens into a temperature controlled wine cellar. Stacked stone with custom-built wine storage racks line the walls. The main focal point of the wine cellar is the polished granite rested upon a wine barrel to create a seating area for two. Above the seating area is a hand painted mural of vineyards that make you feel that you are amongst the vineyards somewhere in Tuscany. It’s the perfect place to not only store wine, but to linger awhile and enjoy the ambiance.
Working our way out of the wine cellar into the kitchen, three glass pendants shine down on polished granite with a raw cut edge. The bar top was extended and rounded out to accommodate a larger crowd. Cabinets were refinished to create an ‘aged’ look to match the aesthetics of the wine cellar. Engineered, hand scraped, hickory floors were installed in the kitchen up to the living room. To mimic the arch in curves in the stairwell, a slight curve transitions from the hardwood into the carpeted living room.
In the living room, it was important to create a focal point. on Either side of the fireplace, built in bookcases were refinished in the same finish as the kitchen. Above the fireplace, a custom rustic mantel with gorgeous corbels make for a great place to highlight some accessories.
To enjoy all the entertainment, a leather sectional wraps around the living room. Two spindle chairs with a fresh gray and white pattern anchor the third side. An oversized wood coffee table makes this the perfect hang out room. Above the whole living area, Corinne contrasted the blue/ gray walls in a high gloss paint for the ceiling. This reflects light and brings more dimensions into the room.
This walk out basement is now better to be described as the ultimate hang out place. A place to enjoy a glass of wine, be transported to wine country, and catch a football game… all without leaving the house. Thank you to the family that allowed us to be a part of this transformation!