Basement Goes Old World

This main living space was a drywall oblivion, cut off from the first floor. So we gave it a "European wine cellar" feel: brick arches, stucco piers, rustic beams, glazed beadboard walls and a large, stone fireplace. An entire corner was removed (including the door) at the bottom of the stair "chute" to open up the flow to the main floor. Oversize travertine floor tiles make the stair foyer glow, while custom bi-fold french doors lead you into the study and hearth rooms. Wrought iron panels form a delicate screen between these rooms.

The owners say it has finally become a place to retreat to. . . not from!
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