Project of the Month: The Peters Family

It all starts with an idea. We contemplate the look and feel we want our space to have. But usually, we aren’t sure how to bring that idea to life. Every client comes to us with a unique design idea. Our designers use their training and talents to bring those ideas to fruition. The Peters family recently had that very experience. From small details and personal touches, their designer not only met the Peters’ space needs, but blew them away with more than they could imagine.
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FBC: Where did your initial design inspiration come from?

{Peters}: We knew the feeling we wanted to have from our basement. We wanted it to be cozy and a bit rustic — a haven to relax and create memories as a family. But we didn’t want to replicate what we had in other areas of the home. So, we forced ourselves to think outside of the box as far as traditional basement layouts or what was designed for the space by our initial home builder. We decided to place the fireplace as a central focal point for the basement and designed the lounge and TV room around the fire to take advantage of that warmth.

As opposed to a traditional bar area, we created a lounge that wbasement home theater tv wall fireplaceould be more conducive to conversations with friends. Upstairs in our kitchen we found ourselves entertaining friends and family by standing around our kitchen island, so we didn’t want to replicate that design. We decided on a lounge space to replace a more traditional “bar” as we thought this would be different and unique from the feeling of other spaces in our home. Natalie managed to twist Ryan’s arm into getting a sauna as well, adding even more warmth during the cold MN winter months.


FBC: How did your designer(s) collaborate with you to create the final designs?

{Peters}: Our Finished Basement Company designers were tuned into our taste from conversations and our “tags” on Houzz. They made suggestions that fell right in line with our dream basement. They were also very conscious of our budget and made adjustments to the design to fall in line with what we had outlined.

FBC: What was your favorite part of the design-build
process and why?basement tv wall home theater

{Peters}: Seeing it all come together and picking out materials as a team. I am usually very particular and take a lot of time to make decisions. They narrowed in on our taste and made suggestions that made the process very fast and easy for us.


FBC: Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

{Peters}: Our budget! We weren’t sure that everything on our dream list would be attainable. Finished Basement Company helped us adapt our plan to get the basement we wanted and also stayed within our budget.

FBC: How did your project manager address any issues or set-backs during the construction process?

{Peters}: They were always quick to respond. If we had any concern, they’d address it right away.

FBC: What is your family’s favorite element of your newly finished space?

{Peters}: We love creating new memories together as a family. We just finished decorating the space for the holidays, and we can’t wait to enjoy the space for special moments in the future.

FBC: How do you use your finished space? (i.e. day to day, entertaining, kids parties, crafting, etc.)

{Peters}: We use the space as a getaway and relaxation space as much as we can. We watch movies together as a family, sit by the fire, entertain friends, host parties, host Girl Scout meetings, and have spa days together in the sauna.

FBC: Any other thoughts or feedback from the project!

{Peters}: We love the space more than we could have imagined. I hosted a party with some girlfriends a few weeks ago, and we received so many compliments. Everyone felt that it was the perfect space for entertaining, and a very cool new addition to the house.

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