Accessory Dwelling Unit

Creepy unfinished basement turns into profitable, cozy two-bedroom apartment

The clients had a typical mostly unfinished garage basement with laundry, furnace, old chimney, some inadequate windows, and a DIY kind of budget.  Our first step was getting up-to-code egress windows and doors, and better daylighting into the space.  The former garage door turned into a floor-to-ceiling window with frosted glass for privacy.  I made use of one little accent angle in the floor plan to maximize space and welcome the daylight deep into the apartment.  We worked together to find and incorporate architectural salvage pieces such as doors, vintage metal kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, and reclaimed gym flooring.  While this creative solution highlighted the existing 1910's basement architectural features, it was also financially and environmentally responsible. To add visual interest and perceived height to the space, the ceiling joists were left exposed in the living room, and that angled wall got painted in a bold horizontal stripe.  Never be afraid to go bold in a small space!