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Putting It Back Together

Due to the water damaged, a large portion of the basement had already been taken apart and dried up, allowing our team to finalize the cleaning and get started on the craftsmanship portion a lot sooner. Essentially, our team was brought in to help put the space back together, but with new and improved products. For example, to protect against future water damage, we suggested LVT flooring which is a water-resistant surface. We also installed all the cabinets on metal feet to prevent the main cabinets from getting wet if flooding were to occur again. 

Otherwise, we simply revamped the bar area to be a kitchenette, which opened up more space. We selected a stunning faux-wood looking tile to cover the entertainment wall, as well as floating shelves which helped give the space feel more open. In the bathroom, we replace the vanity. We also suggested they select a neutral color wall paint to replace the previously orange walls. 

We had OHi renovate our basement and are thrilled with their work. John and his team were great to work with. They always were there on time and had great ideas. Terri M. helped us with the design--and we love everything! She had great suggestions and really guided us through the process. Jeff K. was our project manager and always kept us updated with a text telling us who would be there the next day and what time. He was always available if we had questions. All the workers who came were professional and friendly. This has been a wonderful experience for us. My basement now makes me happy!


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The Sitting Area

Before: The previously flooring had been ripped out after being destroyed by water damage. The walls were orange. A clunky brown cabinet area made the room feel heavy along the back wall. 

After: New, water resistant LVT filled the space. The lighter grain helps brighten up the entire area. The back wall and entertainment wall are covered in a unique wood-look tile. Floating shelved replaced the heavy brown shelves that previously existed. The walls are painted a soft, neutral color. 

The Bedroom

Before:  The damaged floor was removed. The white cabinet was disassembled. The walls were a beige-like yellow. 

After: The same LVT from the  sitting area is installed in the bedroom to help keep the space cohesive. The walls are also painted the same neutral color. Our team reassembled the white storage cabinet. 

The Bar

Before:  A full service bar was installed, including a kitchen sink area and a sitting bar that was rarely used and took up unnecessary space. White wood panels acted as a backsplash for the bar. A square tile filled the floor area of the bar to signify a different space from the seating area. The effect made the space feel choppy. 

After: The homeowners opted to replace the full bar with a wet bar. This freed up space in the overall floor plan, while also allowing them to retain the kitchen appliances they used frequently before. This also helped create more storage by installing a row of upper cabinets. The flooring is removed and replaced with the same LVT  installed throughout the rest of the space. 

Products Used

Wet Bar Cabinets: Sorrento in a Chantilly Lace Finish

Surface: Colorquartz in Sake Grey

Wet Bar Sink: Blanco

Wet Bar Faucet: Moen

Flooring: Mannington Adura Max LVT in Lakeview Rapid

Stairs: Crystal Visions by Tuftex Carpet

Bathroom Sink: Kohler Archer Sink

Bathroom Faucet: Moen Voss Faucet

Entertainment Wall Tile: Helena Birch (6x40)

Hardware: Top Knobs

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