The Pierce family wanted to finish their home’s basement, providing both themselves and their kids more space to play and entertain.
“The kids are getting older,” said Shirley Pierce. “We wanted to create a nice space that they could enjoy, and would want to invite their friends over to. However, we wanted to also make it something that my husband and I could use and entertain in as well.”
The Pierces had planned to finish their basement for some time, and when they were ready to begin, they contacted Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling.
“I interviewed Dan Kliethermes extensively before the project began,” said Pierce. “After talking about the design issues and end goal, I felt Kliethermes Homes and Remodeling was the best choice.”
Even after the Pierce family decided to go with Kliethermes, Dan met with them several times before the project began. This allowed him to get a better idea of specifically what they were looking for, and how he could address their situation.
“They wanted an entertainment area that provided some natural light,” said Dan Kliethermes. “But they also wanted direct access to their outdoor swimming pool. The initial designs proved to be quite a challenge.”
The in-ground basement foundation and several beams withstand a tremendous amount of the multi-level home’s weight. Kliethermes worked with the Pierces to achieve their goals for the basement, which would require overcoming the constraints of the structure. Kliethermes developed an impressive design that made the absolute most out of the area. The design called for the moving of some of the beams, the construction of a door and a stairway cut out of the foundation to the pool.
“We had to do a number of calculations on this project,” said Dan Kliethermes. “It was very technical dealing with the beams and the structure, but we wanted to ensure that we got the best out of a very defined area.”
The project began with the most challenging portions first, moving the beams and digging the stairway. Over a the months the project was being completed, the Pierces were kept informed at weekly meetings with the project manager and superintendent. At the meetings, schedules were discussed to ensure that construction did not disrupt or intrude on the Pierce family while they were at home.
“Our privacy was never intruded upon,” said Pierce, “and the workers cleaned up at the end of each work day. Everything went great with the work.”
The completed project included some additional features that made it simply spectacular. Aside from the major items, such as the big screen television and surrounding cabinetry, Kliethermes added small details that made the project complete, including archways, trim, Corian countertops on the bar area, and a mock Cool Deck sidewalk to the pool.
“It accomplished what we had set out to do,” said Kliethermes. “We were able to get some natural light into the room, a view to the television from the pool table, a staircase to the outdoor pool, and ultimately, and an inviting area for the children and adults.”
The Pierces are delighted that their children are around the house more, and have already had several opportunities to utilize their new space.
“We just hosted a ‘Prom Party’, a ninth grade formal party, and we entertain all of the time now,” said Pierce. “It’s absolutely fabulous, and with teenage children, it’s nice to have some privacy in both directions.”
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Scott and Barb Buchanan
"At first everything seemed so overwhelming. But your design/build process turned a dilemma into a positive experience."