“We’d never had a finished basement before and might never get to do this sort of thing again, so we wished to go all-out,” says Jeff Powell, the proprietor of the colonial-style home outside Washington, D.C.. While the house is colonial, Powell and his family favor modern furniture and desired an extremely modern basement that incorporated a media space, a pool table and game area, a bar, a guest bedroom, a full bathroom and a workout room; they even wanted a water feature and a fireplace, all of that Moss Building and Design delivered. All the family members, especially the children, now take pleasure in the cellar.

Basement at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their children, now 17 and 22
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Size: Approximately 1,300 square feet
Year built: 2010,construction took about 2 months

Before Photo

BEFORE: The cellar was a raw, yet usable area used for storage. The remodel permitted for 8-foot ceilings throughout the majority of the renovated area. (The ceiling at the press space is 6 feet, 8 inches high.)

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The principal space has a very spacious feeling, with a game room and wet bar taking up the main area. The pub has granite countertops, a refrigerator and a dishwasher. Maple hardwood with a natural finish inlaid with a brushed aluminum finish creates goodwill through the plan.

The press room has a huge projection screen, and the homeowners like picture night at least one time every week. “One design option that we really enjoy is your open media space,” Powell says. “If we had closed off the media space, then the concept would not have worked with all the media space it actually makes the cellar feel like one large, open space.”

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The customers wanted to incorporate fire and water. The rear accent wall in this area is a fountain with panels on both sides.

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The flame comes using a gas fireplace that is wall-mounted. A surround and lines keep it modern.

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The cellar also has a full bathroom, a guest bedroom and …

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… a home fitness center, complete with a springy rubber floor. “We finally have an at-home gym I can work out in every morning,” Powell says. The family is glad every day that they chose to go everywhere. They adore their cellar and use it all of the time.

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