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A Shawnee basement is transformed from bare to beautiful

When photographer Sharaya Mauck and her husband moved into their Shawnee home, Mauck discovered a major pet peeve. Although the house was spacious, the main floor lacked an open-concept layout that was ideal for their lifestyle.

“We love to entertain, and it started to bother both of us that we didn’t have that space,” Mauck says.

Instead of renovating the main floor, the couple decided to get to work on their unfinished basement. The bare-boned space offered plenty of room to host gatherings, and included easy access to the backyard patio and fire pit.



“The hardest part was coming up with a design for this space, since we had so many poles,” Mauck says.

Although Mauck and her husband had tackled home projects before, they enlisted the help of contractor Tim Champagne of C&L Home Solutions to transform the blank space into a multipurpose area, complete with a kitchen, bathroom and bonus room.



The double doors that lead out to the backyard patio add natural light to the airy room, which is accented with shades of gray, white and beige. Luxury vinyl tile from Lumber Liquidators was a practical choice to fend off moisture. A modern barn door separates the living space from the bonus room, and a built-in media center provides sleek storage and organization.



“We really didn’t want it to feel like a basement, so we kept everything very light with neutral tones,” Mauck says. “Our goal was to create a whole other space in our home that felt warm and inviting.”

The renovation was complete just in time for Thanksgiving, when the duo was able to test out their new living quarters for family and friends.

“I absolutely love design and decorating, and it was so much fun to dream up a plan and see it all come to life,” Mauck says. “I had a blast.”