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Trending: Finished Lower Levels

Anyone who has a finished lower level knows what a godsend it can be. Besides keeping the kids out of your hair, it can be a state-of-the-art man cave even Mom wants to visit. These spaces can include everything from plush theater seating and surround-sound systems to fun games, bar areas and a couch for snuggling up with a good book.


[best seat in the house]
For the full movie theater experience, consider high-end leather theater seating. This new line of FIT Home Theater Seating from Amini’s features power-operated recline and an adjustable headrest for ultimate comfort in black bonded leather. It also offers storage, tray tables and drink holders.

Remodeling and Painting Experts

[let your hobbies shine]
Design the space around your hobbies or interests, as in this game room built by Remodeling and Painting Experts for local sports fans. Jerseys and other memorabilia from favorite teams adorn the walls, creating an inviting space for the home theater and bar area.

The Design Source

[custom shelving]
Stylish and space-saving shelving creates a finished look. “Incorporating custom shelving and casework introduces an architectural presence to the theater wall and balances the weight of a large television,” says Kristine Keller, president of The Design Source.

Walbrandt Technologies

[uhd curved tv]
HD flat-screens are so 2010. According to Aaron Walbrandt of Walbrandt Technologies, the hottest thing for homes is 4K, also known as UHD (ultra-high definition) with four times as many pixels as current HDTVs. Samsung pairs this with its new 105-inch curved-screen television for the ultimate home viewing experience.


[wireless digital music]
Gone are the days of enormous stereo components. Get all the great sound you need in a small, discreet package with Sonos hi-fi wireless speakers and audio components. It unites your digital music in one app that you can control from any device. Play what you want in every room over a dedicated wireless network package.

Savvy Surrounding Style

[finished ceilings]
Ugly drop ceilings are a thing of the past. Today’s homeowners are opting for a more finished look in the lower level that echoes the design of the main floor, complete with crown molding and recessed lighting, like this contemporary media room by Savvy Surrounding Style.

Mosby Building Arts

[wine storage]
Many wine enthusiasts are incorporating temperature-controlled wine cellars or built-in wine storage/refrigeration in finished lower levels. Mosby Building Arts architect Brian Yount, AIA, transitioned this basement from a children’s playground to a more adult retreat. “Unused game or utility rooms in the basement are prime spaces to convert to wine cellars,” he says.

Legacy Billiards

[convertible gaming/dining tables]
For smaller spaces, these super-sleek, multifunctional gaming/dining tables from the Urban Legacy line by Legacy Billiards (available locally at Amini’s) are a perfect fit. Offered in both pool and shuffleboard format with various finishes, they make the transition from gaming to dining simple and stylish, with a top to accommodate seating for eight.

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