We call them Lower Levels now…Not Basements or Cellars.

Date
Jun, 24, 2015

When I think of basements I think of my grandparent’s stone and pitched walled cellar that was covered with cobwebs and dust and had a rickety ladder going down.  With the exception of a few canning jars the basement was bare and not visited very often. Well, finished basements has come a long way and is an important part of home buying today. Homes with finished lower levels are very appealing to new home buyers. These spaces are now used for in law quarters, entertaining, man caves and much more.

New Construction Basements 

At the Newport model at Wilshire Hill in Pittsford, NY we made sure this space was bright, comfortable and super family friendly. The back walls were built with tall windows to let all the light in and to bring the outdoors in. A large open staircase leading down opened up from the first floor and invites you down. This lower level was designed for family fun and entertainling. Below are the images  of this 2300+ sq. foot lower level equipped with a guest room, full bath, bar and entertaining area, living room, project and game table, storage closets and tons of unfinished space for storage and all home mechanics.

First floor foyer with open staircase to lower level

First floor foyer open up to the staircase going down to the lower level.

looking up form the lower level to the first floor.memehill.com

Looking up from the lower level or finished basement to the bight open first floor foyer.

lower level decorating from MemeHill.com

Lower Level Living

Living room area for lounging, reading or tv viewing. Plush light and stain-resistant carpet from HGTV Home. TV185 Signature Styling II. Color 00150 Gentle Ivory. Light greige walls in Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray SW 7641. Trim painted in SW Creamy 7012, a soft warm white. Accents from HomeGoods.

Lower level living spaces by MemeHill.com

lower level entertain bar from MemeHill.comSwivel barstools from Raymour and Flanigan, glazed cabinetry from Wellborn Cabinets and faux wood grain laminate top by Wilsonart. Mirrors and accessories from HomeGoods.lower level entertain bar from MemeHill.com custom art canvases from MemeHill.com

Finished Walk Out Basements

Hand-painted stripe art adding color and filling up the large walls.

lower level decorating from MemeHill.com Game table front and center looking out to the lush landscaped back yard. Felt covered wooden stools from Target.
white daybed and colorful teen room from MemeHill.com

Guest bedroom designed for a teen or young adult. Walls painted in Sherwin Williams Temperate Taupe SW 6037, a dusty mauve color complimenting the turquoise and watermelon colored accessories, art and bedding. White desk from Raymour and Flanigan and all other accessories from HomeGoods. (See earlier post on this room).

Teen craft/desk with turquoise accents by MemeHill.com

Over the past few years I have renovated several basements in all styles. My most recent finished basements and most pinned spaces are the Farmhouse Fixer Upper Inspired Basement remodel. I also have included a separate post on how to gain valuable space when renovating your lower level. Head on over and get inspired. 

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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