by Lynn Byrne
By Lynn Byrne. Our beach house is an artful mix of vintage and modern. At 2200 square feet, it is jam packed in the summer with family, relatives and friends. So who wants to hang in the basement of a beach house? The teenagers for one! They needed somewhere to watch TV and play video and other games, especially in inclement weather.
By finishing the completely raw space of our basement, we added 1100 square feet of living space. What did Mom and Dad get out of the deal? For one, a large bookcase for their burgeoning library (designed by Mom to camouflage 2 support columns). Plus some peace and quiet. Yet, the basement space is so pleasant, we find the teenagers often telling the adults to GO UPSTAIRS!
We consolidated the mechanical portion of the basement to an area which does not receive natural light and gave the guys a much better spot to play games! Saarinen style table and chairs were scored for $400 for the set at an East Hampton antiques fair.
Laundry is an unfortunate by-product of hosting lots of family and friends at your beach house. My laundry area before left much to be desired. I gave myself 2 washers and 2 dryers in the reno, plus some extra cabinet space to house the paper goods from our warehouse club. Cabinets are from IKEA. Laundry is now a snap to complete.
I thought I might share some of my projects, both ones for myself and for clients, in this “Now Transformed” column. This is the first installment. What do you think? Would you like to see more?
Photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.