The fireplace box was offset within a wall of textured porcelain tile, above which storage cabinets frame the TV.
The wet bar was expanded to make more room for storage.

Light & Airy

NKBA Awards • SPECIALTY ROOM—First Place

Clients in Bethesda wished to better utilize their finished basement, which was dark and outdated. Their goal was to create a stylish, light-filled space for gathering and entertaining, as well as a guest room, workout area and casual play area for the kids.

They tapped Shannon Kadwell of Anthony Wilder Design/Build to devise a plan that would open the above-ground rear wall with expansive panes of glass and wide glass doors to admit as much natural light as possible.

Dated and inadequate, the existing wet bar was expanded to make more room for storage; behind it, a niche frames shelving against an illuminated onyx backdrop. The fireplace box was offset within a wall of textured porcelain tile, above which storage cabinets frame the TV. Media equipment is hidden and a décor of warm, neutral materials and textures, punctuated by metallics, keeps the whole space looking fresh, cheerful and sophisticated.

DESIGN: Shannon Kadwell, CKD, CBD, Allied Member ASID, Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc. CONTRACTOR: AWDB. CABINETRY: Elmwood Cabinetry through Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, Rockville, Maryland. FIREPLACE SURROUND: Porcelanosa, Rockville, Maryland. ONYZ, GRANITE COUNTERTOP & HEARTH: Marblex, Fairfax, Virginia. FLOORING: Hallmark Floors Inc. through Universal Flooring. LIGHTS: Studio Italia Design USA through lumens.com.