Initially our clients couldn’t imagine a world in which they’d want to make the basement an adult space. It felt worlds apart from their main floor level of quality. So the original goal was simply a spot for their children to get out of their hair. But once we proposed new renderings and they realized that the lower level could truly be transformed, they decided that perhaps they wanted it for themselves instead! So we shifted gears and invested in elements that would draw the adults of a gathering to the lower level, leaving the kids to the already "broken-in" rooms upstairs.
Thanks to some engineering we were able to expand the footprint of the finished room. A section of the unfinished space was allocated for the powder bath, another for a private home gym - still leaving ample storage and room for mechanicals.
Having one egress window was a minimum requirement to address safety concerns - but we opted for two to maximize light and symmetry. Additionally, the lower half of the staircase was rebuilt - adding railings on each side to offer assistance and also a balanced visual separation.