Back in the Prohibition era, Speakeasies were forbidden destinations. With the whisper of a code word, entry was permitted to an illegal drinking establishment. The owner of Basement Builders wanted sophisticated style for his single family home in the Chestermere community of Rainbow Falls, yet he also wanted a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.
With authentic barn wood cladding accents throughout the basement, oversized 5 mm luxury vinyl planks on the floors are the consummate complement.
Blue damask covers feature walls behind the viewing screen and along one side of the bar, where artwork echoes the Speakeasy theme.
When it’s time to draw the the Hunter Douglas Powerview blinds, visitors to this basement need only to say, “Okay Google.” The blinds are fully integrated with Google Home. Meanwhile, 45 LED potlights and secondary lighting with yellow filament bulbs are ready to add the perfect mood lighting, at the touch of a switch controlled by Lutron Caseta — with the option to talk instead, as these lights are also integrated with Google Home.
Every element was carefully considered for how it would elevate the homeowner’s goal of transforming a walk downstairs into a journey to a different era — while featuring all the modern elements of a luxury custom basement. And because the homeowner is the owner of Basement Builders, this modern Speakeasy has become a showroom for potential clients.
- Wine Room
- Reclaimed Wood
- Home Theatre
During Prohibition, gangsters flocked to underground speakeasies in Chicago, where liquor flowed and the good times rolled.The shelf for bottles behind the bar is made from reclaimed wood, with rugged metal strapping adding to the masculine feel of the room, emphasized by LED backlighting.
A dishwasher and double mini fridges keep the space clean and cool, with quartz countertops along with Samsung QLED TV above the bar is hooked up to Sonos and four supplemental speakers, as well as a Sonos subwoofer.
Wine Room & Fireplace
It’s only fitting that a Speakeasy-style basement has a dedicated wine room. This 7’ x 5’ area, encased in 12 mm glass, with black metal accents and a reclaimed wood frame, can accommodate a robust 108 bottles. Labels on the wine bottles are easy to peruse and choose, with oversized filament bulbs brightening from above. The Chicago brick tile lining the walls infuses a hint of mobster edge into the sophisticated space.
Authentic barn wood dating back to the early 1900’s adds a rustic edge throughout the lower level of this home. Made out of reclaimed bridge decking, a barn door brings flair to the entrance of a separate sitting room. The sultry crooner on the chalkboard insert was custom-airbrushed by a local artist. The custom-forged iron handle and hardware add to the tasteful, masculine style, with a roller kit to support the extra weight. The Speakeasy theme continues to the other doorways on this level, with custom-made doors for both the bathroom and the mechanical room.
The home theatre is integrated into the open-concept area, with a 115” Elune Vision screen on same wall that is home to the fireplace and the bar. An Epson 5040UB 4K projector hangs discretely in the barn wood-clad rafters, with Optical HDMI with full 4K video. The dream screening factors continue with 7.1 surround sound Kef Audio speakers, Definitive Technology Super Cube 8000 subwoofer and a Yamaha Aventage amplifier for an unparalleled audio experience.
The drawers on the 36” bathroom vanity continue the dark, classic feel, matching the bar cabinets and quartz countertop. Gorgeous gold Brizio Litze fixtures adorn the vanity and the 5’ x 3’ spa shower, where tile special-ordered from Italy competes for the eye’s adoration.
Investing in a basement renovation can be a big decision and understanding all the facts is crucial to the success of your project. If you have any questions about the financing process give us a call and we’d be happy to help.