A split-level mid-century modern home in Webster Groves, MO had a basement that multi-tasked as a one-car garage, recreation area and laundry room, with access to the backyard. The family wanted this high-traffic space to be a more functional and beautiful lower level, something that matched the aesthetic of the rest of their home, and would be a graceful transition from the upper-level family room to the outdoors.
Mosby Building Arts devised a plan to convert the tiny garage into livable space, thus allowing the entire lower level to be reconfigured as an open-plan space with a family room, dining, kitchenette and mudroom. In addition, the family gains a new detached, 2-car garage with plentiful storage in the rear of the home.
By removing some walls and adding new windows, a light-filled family room took shape. Mosby was inspired by homeowner’s eclectic tastes and came up with some unique features. How to deal with ceiling ductwork is always an issue, but here it is turned into a design feature by adding purely decorative wells into the drywall soffit that match the proportions of the new windows. It’s a detail the family gets a big kick out of.
Converting the garage to a livable space provided the opportunity to add good insulation (and an integrated sound system in the ceiling!) before installing the drywall and new flooring. Soft carpeting is underfoot for the lounge area; engineered hardwood planks cover the rest of the space that take more outdoor traffic so it’s easier to clean.
More character was added by using reclaimed barn wood for the stairwell accent wall – which looks amazing with the custom-forged wrought iron handrail – and a set of diagonal wall shelves. They even had a bar-height dining table custom-built of the same barn wood to carry that theme throughout the space.
The back half of the remodeled lower level combines many functions in one open space. A kitchenette is perfect for snacking and entertaining. Across the room is a bar-height dining table made of the same reclaimed barn wood used elsewhere. With the new garage out back, the rear door has become the family’s main entry point to the house, so a mudroom – or drop zone – melds with the kitchenette to keep the space clutter-free.
The detached 2-car garage has design elements and brick that matches the home, and has room for the parents’ cars plus plenty of room for storage and work benches. The elongated driveway creates room for more cars as the children reach driving age.
The family now spends most of their time in the crisp and comfortable basement because of its casual ease and beauty. The easy access to the outside makes it a natural gathering spot as they come and go. The transformation from dank garage to lively lower level is the kind of high quality trade-in value they were looking for!
This home is one of the stops on the STL Living Modern Home Tour and Tasting, an event showcasing five Mosby Building Arts remodeling projects. See more photos of this project here. To reimagine your home, call the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact them here.