Sylvan Basement

Portland, OR

1,387 SF

The Best in Basement Living
A mahogany mantle and stone tile fireplace surround is part of the basement renovation.

There is always room for improvement in a basement. While some people use this added square footage for storage, a party room or miscellaneous activities, this 1950s daylight ranch presented the opportunity for full living quarters. To fully maximize the space, this client embarked on a full basement renovation.

Cut black stone covers the original brick fireplace in this basement renovation.

For this project, we wanted to create a distinct sense of place in this home within a home. One way we achieved that goal was by giving the focal fireplace a much-needed facelift. The dated brick was first re-clad with black stone tile. We then added a black granite hearth and a mahogany mantel.

The original living room dated to the 1950's and was ready for a remodel.

Pocket doors discretely divide the living space from the bedroom space beyond. Floor to ceiling cabinets provide maximum storage opportunities while built-in open shelving provides a finishing touch that defines this refined living area.

Thoughtful space planning makes better sense of the former convoluted plan and maximizes square footage. By dividing the existing over-sized utility area into three spaces, there is room for utilities plus a laundry room for each floor of the home. Additionally, a centrally-located hall now guides guests to the ample bed and bath areas.

The renovated bathroom consists of two adjacent rooms. One room contains the toilet while the adjoining room contains the walk-in shower and sinks. This allows multiple people to use the space at the same time yet retain a sense of privacy.

All of the cabinetry, doors, windows and trim are mahogany in the basement renovation.
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The glass panel is original to the 1950's house and was reused in the basement renovation.

Mahogany features throughout the original woodwork on the upper level of the house. Continuing the use of quarter-sawn Honduran mahogany in the basement renovation creates cohesiveness between the different levels of the home. The sustainably-harvested wood headlines on the mantel, cabinetry, doors and windows. Additionally, we preserved an original glass wall and framed it with the signature mahogany.

The basement kitchen continues the simple, modern design in this renovation. Rich wood tones compliment black porcelain tile flooring and black granite countertops. A denim-colored tile from Encore Ceramics, set in a 2/3 bond, provides an inspired accent. 

The renovated kitchen is partially hidden from the living room by a glass screen that is original to the house.
A new electric induction range and stainless steel hood are the focal points of the renovated kitchen.

Whether space for family visits or an apartment for rent, this renovation proves you can live in style in the basement.

1" x 6" blue tile is set in a running bond pattern for the kitchen backsplash.