The space is an unfinished basement in our home. It is a walkout basement with lots of sunlight from windows that face south and have a good view to natural surroundings. The house is a three level house, including the basement.
We would like to achieve:
a. light and airy, small office that could be used as a guest bedroom.
b. "man-cave" with wetbar (include counter for stools/ sitting, sink, small dishwaher, and small fridge), large entertainment area, with game table (poker) and wood shuffleboard table, large flat screen TV (60" or bigger). Plan on using red sectional couch seats 6-7 people (11 by 7.5 feet sectional with chaise on the right side when looking at front of couch) in the tv/movie viewing area. Red couch is a prefer, but not absolute.
c. Storage area
d. full bath, tub with shower combo.
e. Wine closet (probably built under stairs?)
f. Hide sump pump and pipes/ duct as much as possible. Sump pump pipe is 1' 2" high and the window ledge next to pump is 1' 7" above the floor.
g. Can we open up stairs to allow more light and open feel?
As shown on drawings hot water and furnace are on window side and block flow of parties and door to access outside (it makes walkway narrow). Outside door is across from these utilities. We would be willing to move hot water tank closer to stairs if this allows more light and options. Duct and steel beam create a challenge for ceiling height. Also, in the west corner (as shown) we have a sump pump by picture windows that can not be moved. See "f" above.
The basement walks out under a deck so the picture windows to the west are under the deck.
Functional use of area is important. Keep the rooms as light and open feeling for flow as possible, so as not to feel like a dungeon (expect storage area). We have as many as 50 people dancing at parties. Using the windows for the rooms is key. We entertain quite a bit and throw parties where movable/multifunctional space options are key for dance space and cocktail tables. At other times we watch movies with small groups and dont want to feel too cold and impersonal.
Note there is access to gas lines and a fire place in floor above on the west side of basement next to picture windows. The fireplace on floor above hangs out from the main structure of the house, so joices below it are opposite direction and canteliever by about 2' over concrete wall of basement (joices run east / west for fireplace and entire rest of house run north/south). This also makes heating/cooling duct hang low in the space along the west wall. This area is a challenge with sump pump and duct.