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.

Spectacular House Renovation in Roswell

House Renovation in Roswell

How did they find Atlanta Curb Appeal? They hired a designer to help them renovate their house. This designer then brought me on to bid on the project. The client liked what they saw and did some online research about us. After we met, they insisted to only work with Atlanta Curb Appeal.

What were the renovations that they were looking to have done?

1) Take out a wall between the kitchen and dining room and install a metal beam to support the new wide opening.

2) Demolition of the entire kitchen and installation of new cabinets and new appliances.

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3) Demolish all of the old glued down floors and install new wide panel red oak hardwood floors and then stain them.

4) Custom build a barn door using beautiful reclaimed wood from her grandfather’s farm and also build a fireplace mantel with this same gorgeous wood.

6) Upgrade bathrooms with new tile and vanities.

7) Resurface the brick fireplace with stone.

8) Install cedar ceiling beams and columns.

9) Replace all lights and switches in the house so they could connect to the “smart home” computerized control system created by Media Nexus.

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10) Install surround sound system

11) Replaced carpet on stairs and handrail with oak wood to match the new floors.

What prompted the whole house renovation? They purchased this home and it needed a lot of work to get up to their standards

What was the biggest change that the clients have kept coming back to as their “favorite improvement”?

Knocking down the wall in the kitchen. It created an open kitchen floor plan so that the island became part of the dining area. Now there is a natural flow in the house. This opening also naturally expanded the size of the kitchen.

Which room or section was the biggest challenge?

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Removing they old floors! They were glued down. It was very time consuming, it literally took an extra day of demolition for 5 guys to tear all small wood pieces off the subfloor.

Which part was your personal favorite? I personally always like the creative part of a project no matter what size it is. But if I had to pick I would say, working on the true reclaimed wood on the barn doors and the fireplace mantel was a pleasure. Jose, my carpenter for the last 4 years, has over 30 years of experience with wood and he loves working on unique wood pieces like these. He is also well equipped with about every tool you can imagine that could be used on wood.

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Did they make any modern or trendy decisions?

The client works for an electrical supply company so he had all the latest and greatest technology upgrades.

Tell us more about media system that was installed as well as the electricity updates.

We partnered with Media Nexus, a local home systems technology company. They integrated the audio/visual technology, lighting and other systems into a smart home that is operated with a single button click, creating a unique user experience for the owners. It is simply amazing.

Tell me about color schemes, did they decide or did you help guide them? They used the designer for colors and fixtures decisions. It looks wonderful.

How long did this enormous project take to finish?

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The project was completed over a 5 week period. Remarkable, given the scope of work.

Did they love the results? Yes, they have already hired us again to demolish the back yard deck and rebuild the new deck, covered porch and railing system!

Thanks for reading,

Avi Moyal

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