given the task of transforming a rough unfinished basement space into a
functional, light-filled open area on the Lower Level-in keeping with
the contemporary style on the main level. The ultimate goal for this
space was to include a guest suite, TV-theater room and a home office
that would be a pleasure to work in day in and day out. At the onset, we
had to design around troublesome low ceilings that were littered with
low-hanging ductwork, plumbing pipes and unyielding structural elements.
Working with a local architect, we developed and implemented a plan that
disguised ductwork in mahogany cabinetry running the length of the
outside wall-along the floor-and we varied ceiling planes which helped
to create the illusion of higher ceilings, and that provided us with
areas to tuck overhead lighting. The design technique of lowering
portions of an already low ceiling, serve to trick the eye and make the
ceilings appear higher than they are. They also help conceal some of the
mechanical elements that were immovable and allow for the added feature
of a light trough above the sitting area.