Golden Bee Homes Inc.
2023 RenoMark Awards - GTA
The idea behind this basement renovation was to transform the large empty open area into the ultimate entertainment centre for the client and their family. Given the fact that the client wanted to use the space for different activities, we wanted to divide it into two separate sections: a state-of-the-art home theatre that could also be used as a karaoke room, and a fitness area with exercise machines along with an entertainment area.
One of the challenges we had was creating a space that was divided yet cohesive, and by using a glass separation wall with wooden panels, we were able to achieve just that, while maintaining an aesthetic appeal and a modern finish.
Another challenge we had was to work around the original hardwood flooring which was still intact and in good condition. We made sure to protect it well to keep it safe during the duration of the renovation.
This basement renovation was a request from a past client for whom we had built a complete custom home back in 2018. After staying in touch over the years, the client reached out to us to transform their empty basement.
The client wanted to divide it into two separate sections: a state-of-the-art home theatre that could also be used as a karaoke room, and a fitness area with exercise machines along with ping pong and foosball tables.
During the design phase, we went over multiple potential solutions at different budget ranges until we were able to find the right amount the client was willing to invest based on their wants and needs without compromising on quality.
The home we built in 2018 is in a traditional style, however, given the fact that this space was to be used as an entertainment area with technologically advanced features, the homeowners wanted to take a more modern approach. They wanted the basement to become an escape from ordinary life, where you could immerse yourself into a new world as soon as you walk down the stairs.
The original designs we had proposed did not have the wooden panels on the walls, but we decided to add them because they needed some sort of sound insulator since the room was going to be used for movies and karaoke. We felt that installing acoustic felt panels would have been a missed opportunity to do something more interesting, so when we proposed the wooden panels to match the room divider, our client loved the idea. The tones for the wall and divider panels were chosen to match the existing hardwood floor and the overall feel of the home, but with a modern twist.
Another thing that changed was the star ceiling. We initially did not have that option, but as the project went on, we had the idea of having lights flicker with music, but we didn’t just want to use the typical LED strip. We wanted to make it calming for a cozy movie night, but also fun and exciting for a karaoke night, so we proposed the idea of a star light ceiling to give the option to watch a movie “under the stars” or to sing along to some music with flashing lights.