December 28, 2018 by
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

Meet the designer: Lisa McCoid is one of the Midwest’s few design professionals with both an architecture license and interior design certification. As co-owner of D3 Interiors, her goal is total customer satisfaction. “The client has to love it,” she says. McCoid loves getting to know clients and their project goals. She strives to improve the lives of her clients through design.

A year ago, this living space was a cold, dark, unfinished basement used for storage and workout equipment. Today it is transformed into an impressive entertaining area.

The airy and hospitable ambiance begins as one walks down the stairs. Where the staircase once felt like a tunnel, a non-load bearing wall was removed, a second landing was built, and the staircase was completed with an illuminated baseboard and a metal banister with thin horizontal bars that leave lots of open space.

The bar area is considered the hub of the lower level. The homeowners chose black matte cabinets and custom chrome tiles for a dramatic effect. The raised bar-table-style island was incorporated to provide a gathering place to converse, watch sports, or enjoy a drink. The island is supported by a custom steel base and topped with a thickened-edge quartz countertop. Decorative pendant lighting above the island lends to the dramatic feel of the space. The ceiling includes a curved, lowered soffit detail to disguise the existing steel beams and house structure. Lighting was added into the soffit design to highlight the locally made, hand-painted Vahallan paper applied to the raised portion of the ceiling. These finishing touches bring the space together.

On one side of the bar area, a linear, two-sided fireplace adds to the contemporary design and provides warmth. The mini, stacked stones add dimension, texture, and style to the room. This fireplace serves as a divider between the areas and holds TVs on both sides. Integrated shelving on the fireplace wall serves as a way to display items. It could also be a pass-through between the bar and game room if the display items were removed.

In the game room, a banquette was designed under the large window as a place to watch a ping-pong game or a quiet spot to turn a few pages of a book. The seat has hidden storage and is encased by shelving. The barn door adds to the fun atmosphere of the game room. This sliding door can be closed to eliminate the noise of a ping-pong game or conversation in the game room for the benefit of those in the theater room.

In fact, every aspect of the theater room has been taken into consideration to achieve a comfortable and fun environment for movie nights. The wall panel incorporates LED lighting and horizontal wood banding, painted to match the bar cabinets. Additional starry-night sky lighting and accent wall sconces allow the homeowner to create varying scenes for different types of entertainment.

The initial inspiration for the powder bathroom was a custom countertop consisting of an exaggerated, L-shaped quartz element with a profile of over 10 inches. A lowered soffit above the countertop mimics the L-shape to create a dramatic effect. It also serves as a barrier between the toilet and vanity areas. The glass chevron backsplash and a horizontal floating mirror accentuate the clean lines of this space, as do the vertical sconce lights.

This exclusively designed, fully-functional space has been arranged to be a gathering place for the family that matches the personality of the homeowners and provides them with a variety of ways to entertain guests.


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This article was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.