Livable & lovable lower level remodels


Turn an ordinary remodel up to eleven to give your home the maximum livable space possible.

Lower level finishing and basement remodeling open up a wide range of opportunities for your home. Today’s basements and lower levels are truly usable, livable spaces. They are no longer damp and dark unwelcoming storage spaces where the laundry hides.

Today you can design a basement room to be almost anything you can imagine. Whether it’s an entertainment and theater room, a wine cellar, a bar and entertaining space, a hobby or craft room, an exercise room, a sauna, or another specialty space that’s unique to you. Let your imagination run wild and McDonald Remodeling will make your lower level or basement truly become a part of your home and living space.

Traditional Luxury
Lower Level

Rustic Recreation
Lower Level

This cold, unfinished basement was transformed into the go to spot to hang out. Now wide-open spaces give way to game areas, a wet bar and the entertainment center. A craft room, home office and bathroom were also added. Finishes include curved walls, civil war-era barn wood ceilings, stone walls, and granite counter tops.

Cozy Mountain
Lower Level

The Hangout
Lower Level

Gun Library & Garage

What Man Cave doesn’t need a Gun Room? Not this one! The goals for this Gun Room have to be wide reaching. Starting with unique, stylish, functioning, entertaining and above all – secure, this owner is able now able to showcase his personal and growing collection of firearms in an unique and yet responsible manner.

Movie Lounge
Lower Level

A home theater with adjacent bar area is the focus of this basement’s remodeling project. It also includes a private exercise studio and a bathroom that features a steam shower. Custom cabinetry houses speakers and electronic equipment, while the TV screen retracts when not in use. The customized maple bar features a chiseled rock face-edge granite countertop, and is highlighted with a raised glass snack bar that repeats the chiseled rock face-edge motif. In-floor heat is used throughout the entire lower level, including the distressed, polished concrete floor in the exercise studio and bar area.

Game on

In the main room, comfortable seating and a snack bar invite relaxation next to a gaming area surrounded by multiple flat-screen TVs. A 10-foot length of cabinets packs maximum function into an efficient space housing everything from refrigerator and dishwasher to microwave and ice maker. The separate theater with marquee-style curve suspended from the ceiling draws your attention to the 106-inch fixed screen includes a projection TV, surround sound and facilities for multiple video games. Sound-isolating design keeps the theater from disturbing the rest of the home. Down the hall, clever details include a ventilated closet for organizing and storing sleeping bags and other outdoor equipment; a “boys” bathroom with electronic urinal; a sauna and guest room. All rooms are wired for extraordinary sound so everyone’s taste can be satisfied in various rooms at once.

Sports Bar

We designed and created a “sports bar” at home, with a fully equipped kitchen and snack bar, spacious gathering space highlighted by a stone fireplace, and four televisions to catch all the sports action from any vantage point. By removing a load-bearing wall, the bar and kitchen area was carved from space that was previously a storage room, and now includes full dishwasher, refrigerator and sink. The custom entertainment center and kitchen cabinetry are alder. Just out of the photo, to the right of the bar, is a dedicated games area with pool table and arcade games.


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