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8 Great Basement Remodeling Ideas

Looking for a way to add space to your home? The answer may be right beneath your feet in the form of a basement remodel!

There is almost no easier place to add functional, livable, and useful space to an existing Portland home than your basement. Key infrastructure like plumbing and electric wiring is generally already in place. Plus, you likely won’t need any additional major construction in your home, saving time and money. 

We’ve collected some of our favorite ideas for Portland basement remodels in this month’s post to give you a sense of all the possibilities for your basement finishing project.

 

Guest Bedroom Suite

Love hosting friends and family and wish you could not feel cramped while doing so? Consider turning your basement into a guest bedroom suite. 

A guest suite will allow your guests to feel fully comfortable while staying at your home, as they’ll have their own private unit all to themselves. 

All it takes is a few additions (and a little bit of tasteful design) to build a whole new unit in your home.

  • Living Room – Since most guests staying in this suite will be visiting you and spending time upstairs, this does not need to be extravagant. A simple space with a sofa, TV, and coffee table will be perfect for their time spent here.
  • Kitchenette – Similar to the living space, your guests will likely be doing all major cooking and eating in your home’s main kitchen and dining room. A small fridge, sink, microwave, and table are the perfect amount of appliances and furniture for your guest suite’s kitchenette.
  • Bedroom – A small room with a queen bed, bedside table, and a simple dresser are all that is needed.
  • Bathroom – We recommend a full bathroom so your guests will not have to go back and forth upstairs to shower and use the restroom.
  • Make sure to check local codes for egress window requirements for bedrooms. 

Bonus: A guest suite can also be rented out on Airbnb to bring in a little extra money if needed. 

 

Game Room 

Who doesn’t love a game room? Generally featuring a pool table, foosball table, or other games, this room will provide a fun place to host a game night with friends or family. 

With game rooms, the most important thing is to have a place that will represent you and your family. It’s for your enjoyment, after all! 

Some fun ideas we love for a game room include:

  • Pool table
  • Ping pong or foosball table
  • Bar with high top chairs
  • Fireplace
  • Tastefully wall-mounted TV
  • Sofa or reading chairs

 

Home Gym

Love working out but can’t seem to find time to make it to the gym regularly? Add a home gym to your basement! 

In addition to saving money on gym membership costs, home gyms allow for a deeper integration of fitness into your lifestyle. You can put the exact machines and weights you prefer in your home gym, and you’ll never have to wait in line to use them. It also will encourage fitness for your whole family! 

Some fun features we’ve seen people put into their home gyms include stereo systems, wall mounted TVs, and juice bars.

 

Playroom 

Have your children taken over your living room? Hate stepping on legos and toys and want to get back to enjoying your living room? Consider turning your basement into a playroom! 

Playrooms offer a number of benefits, including: 

  • Easy to manage playdates. Playrooms offer a central location where your children and their friends can play. Basements, in particular, offer a great place for playrooms as there is only one exit, which you can keep an eye on from upstairs.
  • A tidier home. Since all toys and gadgets will be kept in this one room (we can dream, right?) and not scattered around your home, it will be easier to keep the rest of your house relatively clutter free. 
  • Better sleep for your children. Now that toys will be in the playroom, their bedroom will be free and clear of distractions at bedtime. This will create an environment encouraging better sleep as now their bedroom is only for sleep. 
  • Encouraging responsibility. A playroom will allow your children to have their own space they must take care of and keep clean, encouraging responsibility and exploration of their interests. 

Bunk Beds

A fun (and functional) addition to your playroom are bunk beds.

Not only can bunks add a cool and funky element to your playroom, but they also provide additional sleeping space for when your children have friends over for sleepovers. It’s also great for when family is staying over or you just need a place for a quiet nap. 

 

Wine Cellar 

Are you a wine lover? Add a wine cellar to your basement! 

Wine cellars control the heat and humidity of a contained cabinet or room so your wine is kept in an ideal environment for proper aging. Whether you have an existing wine collection you want to keep safe from fluctuating temperatures, or just love wine and want to have some available in pristine condition for yourself or guests, a wine cellar is a perfect addition to any wino’s home. 

Wine cellars can be built as part of another room, such as a game room, or as a stand alone climate controlled room built specifically for aging your wine. You could even add a wine lounge as part of it to have a place to relax, unwind, and drink a glass of your favorite vino!

 

Home Office 

Do you work from home (whether full or part time) and have trouble getting anything done surrounded by distractions? A home office can give you a space meant for productivity and focus.

With a home office, you can set up your work area as you’ve always dreamed. Your basement is an ideal spot for a home office, as it’s quiet and separated from the rest of your home. It can even provide a place for your children to have a space to do their homework. 

Additional Benefit: Add an elegant futon so your home office can double as an extra bedroom. It will also provide you with a relaxing place to read while working.

 

Home Theater 

Movie buff? Maybe you and your family bond over television and you want a place you can all unwind and take in the latest episode every week? Why not add a home theater to your basement? While it may sound like a big project, it’s actually a lot easier than it seems! 

All you need for a movie theatre experience is a projector and screen, tiered seating, and some comfortable couches. You could also add some fun elements like a fridge for drinks and a popcorn machine for a mid-movie snack.

 

Looking for A Trusted Home Design Team for Your Basement Remodel?

There are so many directions to take your Portland area basement remodel! Make sure you’re in good hands.

We love working on all types of basement remodel projects, and love collaborating with homebuyers on their dream basement finishing projects. 

Contact us at (503) 726-2222 to see what we can do for you. We have over 40 years of combined experience and would love to collaborate with you on your new basement remodel. 

Talking Portland Home Trends and Styles With Lance Marrs of Living Room Realty

Incredible Basement Remodel

Are you planning to buy your Portland dream home? Or maybe you’re thinking about a remodel to update the style of your house and keep up with the hottest trends?

When it comes to planning a Portland home remodel, there’s a lot to think about! Lifestyle, budget, layout, and style all come into play.

Here at Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we thought it would be interesting to speak with a local expert who sees hundreds of homes a year and talks to homebuyers on a daily basis. So we tapped veteran real estate broker, developer, and boutique hotel owner Lance Marrs to get his take on home improvement and the latest design trends in Portland.

What features are on the wish list for home buyers in Portland?

Today’s Portland buyer is sophisticated and more often than not, they know what they want! Open floor plans with good light and basements that have potential to be finished are important. Flow is everything! 

Freshome Home Remodel

Freshome

Are there any new amenities you see becoming more popular with your clients?

Portland’s creative class works hard and plays hard!

Their home life needs to be simple, easy, and stress-free. White walls, modern appliances, quality lighting, smart thermostats, and low voltage wiring are what everybody’s looking for in their new Portland home!

Amazing Kitchen Design

Elizabeth Lawson Design

What Portland home remodel projects pay off and add value down the road?

The best dollar-for-dollar value comes in a beautifully considered kitchen or bath remodel. Finishing the basement for additional square footage or as a space to rent is a smart place to invest hard-earned dollars, too.

Incredible Basement Remodel

One of our favorite basement remodels!

What popular trends in surfaces, fixtures, paint, and lighting do you think will stand the test of time?

Wide plank wood floors, deco bath hardware, minimalist lighting – these are consistently passing the test for both in-style and long-lasting value. 

A smooth wall with commercial-style detailing at the bottom is an interesting trend. It’s especially notable due to the minimal style of the trim. Simple can be expensive!

Reclaimed wood, tongue, and groove – used sparingly these features can add great depth and warmth to a home remodel.

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Do you have a favorite Portland home style? What tips would you share for someone remodeling one?

Portland has so many distinct neighborhoods and diverse home styles.

The 100-year rule is something I have always taken to heart. Leave the house better than when you found it.

Do You Know: The 100 Years Rule

Your home should be built with high-quality materials and using construction methods that will stand the test of time.
More importantly, your home should still look current 100 years from now.

The key really is to choose finishes wisely and make sure to ask yourself,

“Will this look great many years from now?”

Paint and lighting can be swapped out easily but hard surfaces not so much.

Buying in one of Portland’s historic districts like Irvington or Ladd’s Addition will limit some of your options. These areas have strict guidelines and regulations designed to maintain the architectural integrity of home, particularly the exterior.

Personally, I’m into the reimagining of split-levels. I’m actually in the early stages of a project right now!

Irvington Home Tour

Irvington Home Tour

As a realtor, you’ve seen thousands of homes. To you, what makes a great home?

Homes have souls. I truly believe this.

You can tell upon entry whether or not the owner gets it. The details, both seen and unseen, are what make for a great home.

Lincoln Barbour

Finally, what are some of your favorite local resources for homeowners?

For online resources and inspiration, your blog at Mosaik Design of course!

But there are so many other wonderful resources in the Portland area, too:

Such great places to explore on a rainy afternoon!

Schoolhouse Electric in Portland

Schoolhouse Electric

A big thank-you to Lance for taking the time to talk with us today and share his thoughts on what makes Portland homes and real estate so special and unique.

You can learn more about Lance on the Living Room Realty website and read some of his writing on their amazing blog!


Lance Marrs, Portland RealtorAbout Lance Marrs

Lance Marrs has more than 20 years local real estate experience. He specializes in residential real estate found in close-in Portland neighborhoods.

To get in touch with Lance, call (503) 701-5323 or email lance@livingroomre.com.

 

10 Amazing TV Show Sets to Inspire Your Interior Design Project

Friends Kitchen Inspiration

 

Ever wish you could live in one of the homes on Mad Men? Modern Family? Gilmore Girls?

I don’t blame you! TV shows offer us a glimpse into another home, another lifestyle, and sometimes even another time period. An incredible amount of time and energy goes into designing the perfect set. When it comes to interior design, you better believe set designers know their stuff! TV shows also allow you to look at a room from multiple angles so you can get a sense for the whole space. That makes it easier to identify the elements you truly love.

If you need inspiration for your next interior design project, let these amazing TV show sets jumpstart your creativity!

1. The 1960s-Inspired Homes in Mad Men

Mad Men Apartment Inspiration

Photo: homestilo

When it comes to incredible sets and TV show decor, Mad Men may be the gold standard. Don and Megan’s apartment is a great example of how to do mid-century decor in a way that still looks appealing today. The straight lines, geometric shapes, and natural palette are all elements you can work into your own modern day home.

If you love the time period but not the style in the apartment above, take a look at the less swanky and more homey Draper house:

Mad Men Kitchen Inspiration

Photo: Adesola Obebe

The Draper house in Westchester County, New York is a perfect example of the all-American home. The overall effect may feel a little outdated for some people, but elements like the knotty wood and warm colors are easy to incorporate today.

Check out this exhibit to see more sets, costumes, and props from Mad Men.

2. The Gilmore Girls Sets

 

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Gilmore Girls originally ran from 2000 to 2007. From the cozy home decor in Lorelai’s House to the grand furnishings in the Gilmore mansion, the show offers plenty of great interior design inspiration.

If you’ve seen the Netflix revival, “A Year in the Life,” you may have noticed that set designers made some updates to Lorelai’s home. For example, her living room walls changed from off-white to soft green. This post has some great before and after photos of specific rooms.

3. Downton Abbey

 

No list of inspiring TV show sets would be complete without a mention of Downton Abbey. The interior design in the beloved period drama may be second only to the incredible costumes! Every single room is full of rich detail.

Downton Abbey Decoration Inspiration

Photo: Michael Garlick

Making your home look exactly like Downton Abbey might not be realistic, but incorporating a few key elements in the right places can add just the right amount of elegant, antique flair.

Photo: homestilo

4. Monica’s Apartment in Friends

If space is an issue, look no further than Friends. While most of the characters live in fancy New York apartments they couldn’t afford in real life, they do show us some great examples of how to decorate in small spaces. Monica’s apartment in particular is one of the most showcased sets on Friends. Its bright colors and fun vibe have inspired many viewers both during and after the show’s run.

Friends Apartment Inspiration

Photo: Rob Young

If you have a small kitchen, designing something functional and beautiful can be a challenge. Monica’s tiny and eclectic kitchen might give you some ideas.

Fun fact: Monica from Friends is a chef, so she definitely knows how to make a kitchen work!

Friends Kitchen Inspiration

Photo: Rob Young

5. Martha Stewart’s Kitchen

Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel? Cooking shows often have wonderful examples of kitchen design. The Martha Stewart Show also has a great kitchen. The design is light, spacious, and clean. Take a look at some photos from the set.

Photos: homestilo

6. The Brady Bunch House


That famous open staircase, faux wood paneling, and lots of brick and stone all help the house in The Brady Bunch feel like a classic mid-century family home. With more than 100 episodes on record, it’s easy to find clips that feature many of the home’s design elements. This famous scene will give you an idea of the colors, textures, and other design elements that make the set so iconic.

Many of the styles in this home have come back into favor in recent years. For example, in the kitchen you’ll see rustic brick surrounding a stainless steel oven.

7. The Pritchett Kitchen in Modern Family

Modern Family Home Remodel

Photo: Disney | ABC Television Group

One nice thing about Modern Family is that we get a pretty good look at three very different homes throughout the seasons: Gloria and Jay’s house, Phil and Claire’s house, and Cam and Mitchell’s house. One room we see quite a bit is the Pritchetts’ big open kitchen. Bold colored walls, stainless steel appliances, and ample counter space all make this kitchen design a popular one.

 

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8. The Diverse Sets of The Good Place

 

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If you want to see interior design variety, watch The Good Place, a comedy about becoming a better person in the afterlife. You’ll see classic minimalist designs, beautiful ornate antique parlors, and everything in between.

 

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9. The Picture-Perfect Homes in Desperate Housewives

Who hasn’t felt a little jealous of the immaculate homes on Wisteria Lane? Set designers on Desperate Housewives clearly had fun showcasing each character’s distinct style in their homes. Just take a look at the difference between the kitchen above and the one below:

Lucky for us, a huge portion of the show takes place inside the homes on Wisteria Lane. Plus, because Desperate Housewives ran for so many years, we get to see the sets over and over again from many different angles.

10. The Many Sets in The Catch

The new mystery series, The Catch, uses a huge range of filming locations, including many gorgeous interior sets. The styles vary, but most sets on the show share a crisp, clean aesthetic, plenty of natural light, and an open floor plan.

This sneak peek shows several great interior shots:

And More!

What about Marie’s famously purple-ridden home from Breaking Bad? Or the living room in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Or even old classics like I Love Lucy? There have been so many great TV show sets over the years. Whatever your design preferences, you might be surprised how much inspiration you can glean from relaxing in front of the TV!

If you need help incorporating any of these ideas into your home don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Mosaik Design & Remodeling. Give us a call at (503) 406-6179 or contact us online to get started.

Mosaik Design Named Remodeler of the Year!

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mosaik design remodeler of the yearAt Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we take every project seriously and love delivering great results for homeowners in the Portland area.

That’s why I am very honored to be named the 2015 Remodeler of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA).

About The Home Builders Association

The HBA is a great organization. Every year, they present this award to someone in the remodeling industry who exemplifies professionalism and leadership, and who consistently delivers beautiful, high-quality work in the Portland area.

Interview with Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine

I was also excited to be interviewed by Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine after winning the award! We talked about remodeling trends for 2016, which remodeling projects are the most common, and what it truly means to have a “home.”

Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine wrote a great story about the interview on their website.

You can read the full interview here:

oregon lifestyle home magazine cover

Starting Fresh: Find the Perfect Decor for Your New Home

Finding the perfect decor

Finding the perfect decor

A new year is a great time for a fresh start– and January is just around the corner. Perhaps, you’re getting ready to move into your dream home. Maybe you’ve finished a home remodeling project and your home feels brand new again. Or you just want to update the look and feel of your living space.

There’s no time like the present to start fresh and find the perfect decor for your brand new home, remodeled home, or the space you’ve been living in for years. What does it take to make your space feel new again?

Keep reading to find out my tips for how you can start the new year off right by finding the perfect new decor for your home.

Is it Time For a Big Change?

Finding the Perfect Style

When you’re moving into a new home, you’re presented with a great opportunity: an empty space that’s a blank canvas for you to work with.

Before moving in all of your old furniture and decorations, it might be time to ask yourself, “is it time for a big change?” Maybe your style has changed since you last redecorated, or maybe your family has grown and your furniture needs have changed, too.

Now’s the time to try something new.

Start by paring down your furnishings and decor. Keep pieces that will work well with your new space and build from there. Do you have a great sofa you love? A mid-century sideboard that will never go out of style? Use that statement piece to guide the rest of your purchases.

Once you have one piece in place, it’s easier to find complementary pieces and decorations to fill out the room. It’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, getting those first few pieces together can be tricky, but once you get started, it just gets easier and easier (and more fun!).

Focus on Color & Texture

 

 

You’d be amazed at how big an effect color and texture can have on how a home feels. If you’re not starting from scratch, you can make your home feel new again, by bringing in new colors  and textures, whether they’re in accent pieces, decorations, or in the color of painted walls.

For those of you who might be moving into a brand new home, there’s no better time than right now to bring in your favorite colors and textures. It’s so much easier to paint, replace tiles, and change out carpeting before you move in.

Respect Your Home’s Style

When you’re working to redecorate, add new furniture, or decide on new decor, remember to respect your home’s style. Don’t fill a historic home with overly modern designs and vice versa.

That said, sometimes rules are made to be bent (and sometimes broken). A single modern piece can help bring out the vintage charm in an older home. Just don’t overdo it!

Find Inspiration Online

Remodeled Basement

Basement Remodel by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio

Once you’ve got an idea of where to start, the style you want your new home to reflect, and perhaps a few pieces of furniture to guide you, start looking online for inspiration.

I encourage everyone I work with to take a close look at my portfolios to see what inspires them. If you’re working with an interior designer, bookmark a few of your favorite images, or create a board on Pinterest.
Speaking of Pinterest, it’s an amazing place to find great design and decor ideas. Just start searching and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

I also love Houzz. You can search by style, a specific room (like a living room, kitchen, or bathroom), and even by budget!

Then there’s Instagram, an underrated source of decorating and design inspiration. I especially like the hashtags #InteriorDesign, #ClassicDesign, and #Furniture. It can be hard to find the source for many pictures on Instagram, so I use it for basic inspiration, not finding specific pieces.

Look & Shop Locally!

 


It’s fun to shop online and browse through catalogs, but there’s nothing quite so satisfying as seeing a piece of furniture in person and falling in love with it. And shopping in person gives you a better sense of a piece’s materials, quality, and craftsmanship than you can get from any website or catalog.

Luckily, those of us in the Portland area have so many great options to choose from! Some of my favorite places include:

  • Fischels – Great selection of contemporary furniture with an amazing and huge showroom!
  • Perch – Searching for a custom sofa, couch, settee, or chair? You can’t go wrong with Perch. Amazing craftsmanship and quality!
  • Grand Marketplace – I can get lost in the Grand Marketplace for hours! There are so many great antique, vintage, and  industrial-inspired one-of-a-kind pieces here. I always find something that inspires me!
  • Rejuvenation – What a great place to start your search when you’re picking out new decor for your home! I love how you can find the latest in energy-efficient LED lighting in the same place as you’ll discover refinished antique pieces.

If you live outside the Portland area, there are sure to be some great local options for you to check out, too. Even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, a trip to a brick-and-mortar store can be a great way to get inspired and come up with fresh ideas for your space.

One Piece & One Room at a Time

Remember that your new home should be one that you’ll be living in, and loving, for years to come. You don’t need to rush the decorating process! It should be fun!

And the best way to enjoy finding the perfect decor for your home is to take things slow and avoid stressing yourself out. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Start with the rooms you spend the most time in. For most families and most homes, that’ll be your living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and home office. From there move on to the bathrooms, den, and guest rooms.

If you like a little more flexibility, consider working in stages. First find the main pieces of furniture for each room, then come back and add in decorations and accent pieces.

The key is finding a system that works for you. Every home and every family is different and you know what you need. Trust yourself, and do your best. By taking your time, carefully choosing pieces you love, and sticking to a design philosophy and style you adore, you’ll end up with the perfect decor in your new home.

Contact Me

Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Do you have questions about the design process or how to find the inspiration to start a new project?

I’d love to hear from you! Call me at (503) 726-2222 or send me an email. I’d love to get to know you better and help your dream home to life.

And if you have any other suggestions for where to find design inspiration online or locally, let me know in the comments below!