Multi-Functional Basement

BobVila-2010-0831Turning the basement into a multi-functional space is the latest trend in remodeling, says William Fadul, co-owner of MOSAIC Group Architects and Remodelers in Atlanta. In this project, the homeowner wanted an open floor plan that combined a laundry area, painting studio, wet bar and wine cellar. The gym took up about a fourth of the space.

Creating usable space in an area that was never meant to be used as living space was the greatest challenge of the remodel, says Fadul. “There was a great deal of wiring, plumbing, and HVAC duct work that needed to be moved and organized to create a clear ceiling height,” he says.

The gym includes dedicated space for yoga workouts as well as a steam bath, treadmill, stationary bike, and free weights. The concrete block ceiling was painted black and had track lighting installed. For the flooring, Fadul selected Florz carpet tiles because they are easily replaced if damaged. Wainscoting was used on the lower part of the wall to brighten the room by reflecting light from the windows.

Cost: $45,000