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Judy Mozen
505 Boulder Way
Roswell, GA  30075
Phone: 770-642-1010

2015 Basement Remodel

A Client’s needs and desires often begin as separate entities, but tend to merge or are adjusted as the plans for a project progress through the creation stage. 

Such was the case with our clients. They wanted to enjoy entertaining spaces in a less formal atmosphere than their very traditional main level.  They wanted comfort and fun, too. They gave us the license to create spaces through the use of architectural elements. The column became the signature feature of this new Terrace Level and the use of different woods added warmth.

They wanted an open Entertainment Room with a bar. We removed hall walls and staircase walls.  Columns took the place of walls. We wanted flair in this space, so the bar became a semi-circle. The staircase wasn’t on the need or want list, but as the design developed it became a desire. We designed a new one with a lower rise and thicker, deeper treads, and enhanced the flow by curving the wall at the bottom of the stairs to guide one to look out to the room instead of into a wall.

They wanted an informal Media Room - not like a theatre.  We wanted the TV viewing room to relate to the Entertainment space, so we removed the wall between the rooms and utilized columns again. The TV was suspended between the columns. This became a dramatic feature of the Terrace Level and allowed the rooms to be open.

A Wine Cellar was on the list, but there was no space with all of the other requirements, such as a Playroom, a Nanny/Guest Suite with bath and closet, a separate Powder Room for the Entertainment space, a new Mechanical Room, and, of course, storage.  So we transformed the space under the stairs. We tucked in a Wine Cellar and then extended it back into the new Mechanical Room. The Cellar is small; but the glass door and windows create the illusion of a much larger space!

The clients wanted in-town living with a dramatic flair. They love dramatic, modern, clean architectural lines, but the original gas fireplace all was practical…but not dramatic. The challenge was to design and build a modern fireplace wall with wooden veneers and display shelving. After doing some research, the decision was made to use the new EcoSmart fireplace, which uses denatured ethanol. To include wood veneer and shield the flame with fire resistant materials, the design for the firebox included using brushed and polished stainless steel in a multi-dimensional fashion. A granite hearth was created, but not a typical one. It was raised to float across the floor supported by steel in the wall and stainless steel columns. To create the shelving, glass became the exciting solution. It was spun around a column in unusual shapes. This was no easy task to produce something creative from small pieces of veneer, a burner kit, large unfabricated pieces of granite, and sheets of stainless steel, but it was done and the result has all the drama the client’s wanted.