Specialty rooms are on the rise with more of us wanting to have more “off time” without being able to find the time. This trend is strong and looks like it will continue to be on our clients list of changes they want to make in their home, and thus, their lives. Specialty rooms aren’t about picking a theme, it is more about making a space is where you would go if you had the time to leave your home for some R&R. Featured this month (because we are in full swing of summer) is one of our favorite projects this year; an indoor/outdoor bar in Dover. This mini snack and beverage room has all the features you would expect from your favorite poolside (or fireside) bar… and this one is family friendly. Built out of an idea the Owners had to enhance the experience of the pool, they soon realized that this space would also elevate the once less adorned basement playroom, and add value as the perfect slumber party pizza station, or a short walk from the theatre room for popcorn and a soda.
Most of us can relate to wanting to exercise, but exercising loses some of the luster when you are in your unfinished basement looking for spiders before you mount the elliptical machine. Even an unused bedroom is no substitution for the experience of the local athletic club, strong with all the gymnasium connotations of “getting a work out”. A couple of years back we actually brought the professional gym experience to a basement renovation in Wayland complete with a steam shower for 8 (large family), a spa like towel and water station as well as a glass door to the equipment room. When the owner enters this space, it most definitely feels like a trip to the gym… if only a trip downstairs.