Downstairs Tavern in Stoneham

Project: Home Bar in Stoneham (AKA #ProjectDownstairsTavern)

Our clients came to us wanting to transform the downstairs level of their split-level home into an entertaining oasis, complete with a wet bar and games area. With a baby on the way, they were looking to maximize the space in their home and give themselves a new relaxing space to enjoy during COVID.

The design goal was to create a cozy and warm tavern feel, with rich colors and textures. We grounded the palette with rich blue-green cabinetry and a rustic walnut wood top in the bar area, layered in bistro-style brick subway tile floor-to-ceiling on the sink wall, and topped off the space with dark cherry wood cabinetry in the adjoining “library” area, complete with a games table.

To give even more character to the space, we wrapped the entire downstairs with chair rail and applied molding detail in a moody taupe paint color. Custom lighting design by Buttonwood Communications, including recessed lighting, backlighting behind the TV and lighting under the wood bar top, allows the clients to customize the mood (and color!) of the lighting for any occasion. Now our clients have a wonderful tavern retreat to enjoy any day of the week with friends and their growing family.

Photos 1-4: Regina Mallory Photography

Downstairs Tavern Home Bar in Stoneham MA
The gorgeous walnut wood bar top entices friends and family to gather and relax at the stretch of bar-height stools. The rich teal-blue cabinetry creates a cozy, tavern vibe.
Downstairs Tavern Home Bar in Stoneham MA
The wet bar is fully operational with an under-counter beverage fridge, ice maker and petite dishwasher (each dressed up with a cabinetry-paneled front), and a bar sink and faucet. On the serving side, open cabinetry provides ample room for glassware, and a large wine grid cabinet allows the clients to build their wine collection.
Downstairs Tavern Home Bar in Stoneham MA
Opposite the bar area sits a cozy “library” nook of bookshelves and a games table. Wood-look plank porcelain tile provides a warm foundation for the entire lower level, and the structural beam at the ceiling is wrapped in rough wood panels for an additional rustic detail.
Downstairs Tavern Game Room in Stoneham MA
Custom bookshelf cabinets perfectly fill the space above the lower level’s foundation sill, creating a stately “library” feel and maximizing functionality in the games area. Chair rail and applied molding add extra interest around the room.
Downstairs Tavern Home Bar in Stoneham MA
Layers of materials, colors and details come together to achieve a rich, warm and inviting entertaining space.
Downstairs Tavern Materials Selection in Stoneham MA
Every selection in #ProjectDownstairsTavern was made with the feel of a warm, rich and rustic space in mind, favoring materials that felt worn, weathered and textured.  

Take a walk-through tour with our designer Jenni Jacobs, while she explains how this gorgeous entertaining area came together!

If you would like to see what this space looked like before the remodel, please check out our Before and After Gallery, and check out our full photo gallery for this project on our profile at Houzz.

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