Project Description (Problem/Solution/Results)

Remodeling Need

This West Lafayette family purchased their home with a partially finished basement. They approached Riverside with two goals in mind: 1) create a customized play space for each of their children, and 2) design the ultimate entertainment area for their adult friends and family.

Remodeling Solution

As a newer home, the ceilings were already nice and tall, but the partially finished basement exposed unsightly ductwork. Riverside designed a decorative tray ceiling that artfully hid much of the ductwork and created a visually-appealing focal point for the room.

For the adult entertainment area, Riverside Construction designed a custom bar with shaker-style custom cabinetry, an undermount sink, and a full-size refrigerator. The deep open shelving was highlighted with a white contemporary subway tile backsplash, providing an ideal place to display accessories and sports memorabilia.

In the main seating area, Riverside installed an electric fireplace for added warmth and ambiance. The fireplace surround was comprised of Mannington laminate wide planks in ‘Keystone Oak’ and topped with a natural pine rough-sawn fireplace mantle stained to match the pool table. A higher contrast and bolder look was created with the dark blue ‘Indigo Batik’ accent color, blended beautifully with the softer natural materials used throughout the basement.

For their children who needed an area to play, the basement was designed with a section of the basement dedicated to gaming, particularly an area to play video games, pool, and shuffleboard.

Fun Fact:
Riverside connected the light in front of the fireplace to a second switch at the top of the stairs. This allowed the parents to “flick” the light when they wanted their kids to come upstairs instead of yelling to them over the noise of the video games.

A dance studio was created for their daughter in another section of the basement, complete with a full wall of mirrors. The studio was painted in a ‘’Niebla Azul’ pale blue, and the floor was laid in resilient Zeus Vineyard Sheet Luxury Vinyl chosen purposely for its beauty and durability.


This West Lafayette family couldn’t be more thrilled with their complete basement renovation that added valuable space to their home to grow with their family for many years to come.

Materials Description

Backsplash: Abolos White 3×6 Subway tile

Cabinets: Wellborn Select Series Hancock Full Overlay Cabinets in ‘Dove’

Countertop: Granite in “Ice Blue”

Bar Pendant Lights: Sea Gull Lighting in Brushed Nickel

Accent Walls: Mannington Laminate Restoration Wide Plank Collection in ‘Keystone Oak’

Table Light in Bar Area: Kichler Edenbrook Semi-Flush mount light 2-Bulb with Brushed Nickel & Etched Glass

Pool Table Light: Kichler Stetton Anvil Iron & Distressed Antique Gray 5-Bulb Linear Pendant Light

Accent Wall Color: Sherwin Williams ‘Skyline Steel’

Dance Studio Wall Color: Sherwin Williams ‘Niebla Azul’

Dance Studio Floor: Zeus Vineyard Brown Sheet Vinyl

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