For years my wife has been after me to finish the basement, a place to entertain, watch movies, a place for friends and family to gather. I had lots of excuses not to, heating ducts were in the way, plumbing would have to be moved, etc, etc. So finally after much prodding, I took on the task. As I have been around residential construction most of my life, I knew we had to start with a good plan. At the end, we really didn’t want it to feel like a basement but an extension of our home. I created my plan by using an inexpensive home designer software that allowed us to see the space in 3D, best $99.00 I ever spent. Because of the various needs of the finished space, lighting would have to play a very serious part of the design. The front half of the space would be dedicated to our parrots so we needed lots of light for long periods of time. Though the birds are not shown in the pictures above, all of our recessed lighting is LED. This provides great lighting at low energy costs, and puts out very little heat. In the media room and kitchenette we wanted the lighting to be layered. For watching movies, we placed rope lighting inside the crown molding in the tray ceiling. This provides a very soft and warm ambient light and doesn’t reflect off the screen. For entertaining we used a combination of wall sconces and mini pendants above the bar. For tasks lighting above the kitchenette area, I chose LED puck lighting. The puck lights not only provide great task lighting but they wash down the wall bringing out the colors of the wall tiles.

As small business owners, we feel it is important to support other small local businesses. I need to thank many of those who helped bring my wife’s basement dream into a reality. Our electrician and good friend, Chris Clock, friend and best Heating and Air guy I know, Steve Loukinis at Air Marshall, Bowling Carpets for their help with carpet and flooring, Rob Tonges for his beautiful drywall finishing work, and Jamie Hetterich at Hetterich Cabinets in Hamilton, Ohio. These folks are true professionals in their trades.