Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Speakeasy Basement Bar in East Cobb

Recently we wrapped up a fantastic basement East Cobb’s Bishop’s Green Neighborhood. Initially, it was a conventional basement you see in many Marietta homes. However, Atlanta Curb Appeal changed it into a cozy speakeasy full of antiques, using recycled and reclaimed materials. It was not the first project for this creative homeowner. Last year, Atlanta Curb Appeal renovated his kitchen and master bathroom. For this project, the client consulted with designer Becky van der Maten. Her creative insight with ideas, colors, and interior décor layout was amazingly helpful in the process.

Coming down the new staircase, the first thing one sees is the show-stopping steampunk balustrade. Using scrap metal collected from garage sales and flea markets over several years, the dark metal pieces now resemble a deconstructed industrial work of art. Honestly, Avi and Andy worked together from beginning to end to make the machinery inspired stairwell a reality.

Second up on the list was a new wine cellar. Beautifully installed shiplapped walls and ceiling created the perfect space to store wine. The clients are budding wine aficionados and as such decided an investment of a small unique cellar would add value to their home. Reclaimed wood for the walls was sourced from an old dismantled barn in Tennessee. The wood color is entirely organic; the only thing Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to clean it!

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Renovating the basement bathroom was next on the schedule. Floors, shower and fixtures were to be replaced. Also inside the bathroom is a closet that needed some help. The entrance to it was replaced with custom reclaimed wood doors. Then came the big decision; which tile style would work in a space like this? Becky gave them half a dozen options with a unique mix and match of patterns. They decided on a white subway to go with the flower patterned tile wall and a black herringbone floors. Together with the new black industrialized plumbing and features the bathroom is complete.

The newly customized wet bar was next on the schedule. In the original house, the owners had installed a bar, so the plumbing was already there. The only work Atlanta Curb Appeal had to do was to reconfigure the understairs framing to allow for a more significant bar. The crews are very experienced with moving walls and rerouting HVAC ducts and electrical wiring to increase space. The expanded back wall is covered with the new trending corkboard wallpaper. It brings an exciting dynamic to the bar. In keeping with the theme from the wine cellar, the new bar cabinetry was custom made using the reclaimed barn wood.

The new floors installed are gorgeous, old rustic white oak planks with lots of character. The only addition was a moisture barrier and a ¾” plywood layer subfloor over the original concrete. After the floors were installed, a light buffing and a stain brought out the natural glow. For extra protection and longevity, a poly coat was added. The windows and door trim were also replaced to keep everything custom, including the baseboards.

Atlanta Curb Appeal is a boutique contractor and as such is always ready to help out with custom touches. Rustic farmhouse chandeliers were made entirely from scratch using raw materials, including a recycled mantle. The electrical parts used were ordered online. The new lighting is a conversation starter in this speakeasy basement bar. Also added were new charming cedar beams along the ceiling. It does not feel like a typical basement anymore with these custom touches!

Ssshhhhh, the absolute coolest part of this prohibition styled basement renovation is the secret door with shelving in the mechanical room! Sure to be a favorite for adults and children in the years to come.

The clients are getting fabulous feedback about the new basement. It’s perfect for entertainment when friends come over!

Ready to get your East Cobb Basement Remodeled? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal today for your free estimate 770-778-1172. Our commitment to quality is well known in our area and we always strive to stay on time and on budget. With Atlanta Curb Appeal you are always in communication with your contractor!

Want to read about another Makeover Story? Check out this Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom we completed last month.

Spring Updating from Atlanta Curb Appeal

Spring Updating from Atlanta Curb Appeal

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It’s officially spring in Georgia! After this gray winter it is time to bring in spring with some fanfare. Here are some ideas to encourage you this season.

Air it out, when it’s sunny outside get those dog beds and heavy blankets a nice dose of sunshine. The smells and odors of winter and fall need to go! Don’t forget to give the tops of the dressers, bookcases and doorframes a nice dusting with a electrostatic reducing cloth. One tip is to use a dryer sheet, it repels future dust bunnies.

Clean out the closets! The ol’ dreaded winter summer change out. Oh boy there is nothing more time consuming for a mother (except maybe baseball) then waiting for the seasons to change and the transition in the drawers. One day it is blazing while the next it is freezing. But alas it needs to be done. You can’t go swimming in sweatpants. Take the time to start putting in some summer clothes. If possible leave two boxes in the closet (not in the middle of the room-that equals inner frustation). One for winter and one for summer. As the season progress and you put away laundry put the winter in the winter box and take out the summer accordingly.

Declutter, out with the old in with the new. If you still have Christmas or Hanukkah decorations hanging around its time for them to go back home to their boxes in the basement or attic. Then take a basket and walk around the house and give a gut wrenching glance at all the surfaces and ask yourself, “what can be put away (in an organized fashion) and what needs to stay”.  And don’t forget the top of the refrigerator! Yes, its the perfect place for the dog leash and the latest toy the kids are fighting over but in all honesty your inner feng shui tuning fork will thank you when you’re done. If you want to feel really REALLY good go ahead and just donate all the stuff you just decluttered your house with to a women’s shelter or Goodwill.

Spring project ideas from Atlanta Curb Appeal

Cherry cherry cheerful! Bring the brightness of Spring with some fresh blooms. Whether live in pots, cut in vases or prints on bedding or in the bath. Pops of color can do a world of good especially when mother nature decides to bring those April showers by. Find some happy new towels for the bath or kitchen, a small reminder to yourself that all is well with the world when you exercise a small dose of self care.

If you want to get started on that new porch or sunroom and really bring the spring sunshine in give Atlanta Curb Appeal a call at 770-778-1172. We specialize in interior and exterior projects for homes in the East Cobb and Buckhead areas. Fences, decks, outdoor kitchens, bathrooms, interior painting, you name it, we do it! On budget and on time with fantastic workmanship. Check out our East Cobb contractor reviews.