Built-ins in the basement renovation by TriVistaUSA. Photo: Darko Zagar
The home gym. Photo: Darko Zagar
BEFORE: The basement, pre-renovation.
The rustic-modern kitchenette. Photo: Darko Zagar

Family Retreat

BEFORE & AFTER: TriVistaUSA transforms a mundane basement in a multi-purpose gathering place

After three years in their Arlington home, clients decided it was time to overhaul its builder-grade basement. They contacted TriVistaUSA for the job, which initially encompassed building a gym, remodeling the bathroom and creating a crafts room for their young daughter. However, flooding in the main area of the basement during construction caused a change of plans. “They decided on a total remodel at that point,” explains TriVistaUSA principal Michael Sauri. “It was the impetus to do it right.”

Working within the existing footprint, Sauri and his team converted one room into a gym—decked out in the colors of the husband’s alma mater, LSU—with mirrored walls and a punching bag. Another space became a crafts room. And in the open-plan main area that was once relegated for storage, they integrated a full bar styled with shiplap siding and cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. A Sub-Zero fridge and wine column are clad in walnut, and poplar crops up as a ceiling accent and wraps a support column. Walnut flanks the linear gas fireplace. A durable, wood-look vinyl floor unifies the space.

Renovation Design & Contracting: Michael Sauri; Interior Design: Pam Harper, TriVistaUSA, Arlington, Virginia.