basement family room after remodel
Photo: Jim and Ann M.
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Basement Family Room: After

Who: Jim and Ann M.
Where: Wenatchee, Washington

After the contractor tore out the old walls, we were surprised by a crack in the floor: Tree roots had invaded our sewage line, so a hole had to be ripped in the floor and a new line installed. The new section of concrete didn't match, so we covered it with a cherry-finish floating floor. We replotted the space as a bar, wine cellar, home theater, and pool-playing zone, all with the feeling of an English pub. In the theater area we installed built-in cabinets to house the projection TV electronics, plus an L-shaped couch; our oldest daughter likes to have "movie marathons' with her friends. The billiards area is frequented by our youngest, who's become quite a pool shark! What started out as a kids' retreat ended up an adult hideout as well.

Who did the work: We hired help
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