New Fireplace Transforms Cold Basement into Warm Family Room

A basement may be the most overlooked space for a remodeling project. But basements offer lots of opportunities.

This Minnesota project began with a little-used basement space with dark carpeting and fluorescent, incandescent, and outdoor lighting. The new design began with a new centerpiece – a gas fireplace to warm cold Minnesota evenings. It features a solid wood frame that encloses the firebox. HVAC ductwork was hidden with the new fireplace, which was vented through the wall.

The design began with in-floor heating on a new floor tile for the bar area and light carpeting. A new wet bar was added, featuring Cherry Wood cabinets and granite countertops. Note the custom tile work behind the stainless steel sink. A seating area was designed using the same materials, allowing for comfortable seating for three.

Adding two leather chairs near the fireplace creates a cozy place for serious book reading or casual entertaining. And a second seating area with table creates a third conversation area.

Finally, the use of in-ceiling down lights adds a single “color” of light, making the entire room both bright and warm.