Basement at a Glance
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Size: 1,040 square feet (96.6 square meters)
Designer: Norm Lecuyer of Just Basements
The homeowner wanted a retreat in which to watch the big game and relax with friends, but Lecuyer and his team fought the term “man cave.” Instead they strove for a “subterranean penthouse,” as Lecuyer calls it, that would feel current and modern.
To achieve this, they focused on sophisticated materials, such as reclaimed vintage wood for the big-screen backdrop, wire-brushed hardwood floors and cold-rolled steel panels that surround the fireplace and TV.
A hidden door allowed the owner to have a little fun with the design, Lecuyer says, even though the passage leads only to a hot-water heater.
Pendants and bar stools: Restoration Hardware
Lights, table and chairs: Restoration Hardware
The team feels they succeeded in their goal to go beyond a pizza-and-poker-night man cave. “If you are creating a place to watch football, well, you might as well go the whole 9 yards,” Lecuyer says.