Designing For Tight Spaces

Designing For Tight Spaces

When the Seigworth family contacted Country Creek Builders to discuss their basement finishing ideas, a design meeting was scheduled to review their existing basement.  A few items were extremely important for this busy Lakeville Minnesota Family.  The list of wants included: a wet bar area close to the family room, so they could enjoy movies and gaming together as a family, an area for the pool table and an additional TV with an area for a Gaming council.  Due to the existing location of the roughed-in plumbing for the future bathroom and the width of the basement, we knew that the design ideas would have to involve some tight spaces.  In order to check off the important items on their list, the design for this project involved relocating the roughed-in bathroom.  Relocating the bathroom opened an area large enough for the pool table.  To keep the wet bar close to the family room, a narrow bar had to be designed due to the width of the room.  Having a raised snack bar with seating, and not encroaching on the walkway would take some creative design work.


The wet bar for this Lakeville Minnesota basement was designed and built out of Oakwood and stained with Valspar Dark Cherry Stain.  The important features that were on the list of wants for this bar included seating for four, a sink, an under counter fridge and storage for wine glasses and bottles.  The design that worked for this tight area checked off all the wants on their list.  A Lazy Susan was designed into the corner of the bar to provide a much-needed storage area.  The upper cabinets included a center cross bar wine bottle storage area and stemware holders were added for wine glasses.  A glass copper mix tile was installed for the bar backsplash area to compliment the granite tops.  A timeless old world Alcarria Porcelain tile was selected for the bar and bathroom floor area.


The design for the family room area had to incorporate built in cabinets that would fit an 80” TV with a place for all of the audio and satellite equipment and an area for storing video games and board games.  The built-in cabinets were designed and built with raised panel doors, concealed hinges and 3 ¼” Crown molding and stained to match the bar.


As you can see from the pictures, finding a contractor that has the experience to design your project before the construction begins ensures that most – if not all – of your wants can be included in your basement project.

This basement project turned out better than the homeowners had envisioned. The plans gave them a clear picture of what the project would look even before Country Creek Builders even started the project. Let us know if we can help you create the basement of your dreams. Contact us at 952.484.9812 or visit our website.

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