Divine Design redesigns a basement

  • Updated: December 16, 2008 - 1:32 PM

How designer Candice Olson of HGTV's "Divine Design" brought one family peace, quiet and style.

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This basement man cave lacked soundproofing and appeal. It had space, but no one wanted to spend any time there.

The problem

Rustic, uninsulated basement and drumming noise drove family away.

THE SOLUTION

Create a dual space: the ultimate music room for playing and family room for relaxing.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Gutted space to remove pine paneling on the walls and cedar shakes on the ceiling.

• Insulated the walls, soundproofed ceiling; painted both.

• Ripped out carpet; installed linoleum with industrial look of poured concrete.

• Designed music zone for drumming husband, play space for the girls and family lounge area.

• Displayed snare drums on floating wall cabinet to work as design element when not in use.

• Created red feature wall with black quartz counter, wet bar, sink and beverage fridge.

• Replaced wood-burning fireplace with gas insert, clad in iridescent glass tiles.

BEST TRICK

Erected white cabinetry in which girls can store toys and costumes; created white velvet drapes to keep cabinets out of sight when not in use.

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Interior decorator Candice Olson hosts "Divine Design," seen Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

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