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This Ottawa Basement Takes it to a Whole New Level

September 10, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

An Ottawa-area basement renovation gets gorgeous finishes and a beautiful wine cellar.

Our Homes Ottawa Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.54. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.
Homeowners Anny and her husband Jay have taken the phrase “all the comforts of home” to a whole new level. They entertain friends and family often in the Ottawa-area home they purchased nearly 10 years ago, and with a pre-teen and a young teenager at home, the time was right to finish their basement and expand their areas for entertaining.
 
They also wanted to create flow through their home from the basement to their existing backyard paradise – a pool area that incorporates a large covered outdoor kitchen. They approached the creative team at Just Basements, a local company owned by Norm Lecuyer that specializes in premium projects. According to Norm, basements becoming the go-to space in the home. “There are a lot of reasons for renovating a basement, and it can virtually be anything you want. But by starting out with a great design, the basements we create add continuity to the home, with the upper level flowing to the lower level. You don’t feel like you’ve stepped into another house when you enter the basement.”
 
Anny and Jay's generous 2,000 square feet includes a home gym, theatre room, lounge area with built-in wine cellar, a two-tiered bar with all the bells and whistles, a guest room and a full bath.
 
The space is anything but cramped, flowing effortlessly from one area to the next. All built-ins throughout the basement, as well as floating shelves and cabinetry in the wine cellar, are finished in barn board from Atmosphère & Bois. 
 
A glass wall installed between the lounge and a fully-equipped gym permits natural light to diffuse the space. A wet bar features a dishwasher, icemaker and two bar fridges under a quartz countertop from Urban Quarry
 
Comfortable seating is provided for the flat screen, fun can be had at the pool table and quiet can be found in the cosy reading nook.
 
The homeowners give full credit to Just Basements carpenter Jeff Rawlings for the creation of their chef d’oeuvre wine cellar, praising his craftsmanship, attention to detail and flexibility in making any adjustments if and when required. 

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