"The owners wanted a modern industrial look and this project  [designed by Timber Innovations] nailed it! The feel is consistent down to the shower fixtures. The use of indirect lighting and glass takes a lot of planning. It has every type of room that you may need."

2021 NARI Milwaukee RotY Award Judges

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Eclectic Industrial Basement: Guest and entertainment suite

Award-winning basement remodel; Appleton, Wisconsin: The homeowners wanted their traditional home to reflect their modern, ascetic aesthetic. Their unfinished basement was a blank canvas and the perfect place to begin updating their house. They envisioned a modern, versatile space that could be used for entertaining, guest accommodations, exercise and wellness. Making the most of the available space, they added a home theater, a kitchenette, a guest bedroom suite, home office workspace and a personal gym with sauna and spa area.



Challenge: Lack of natural lighting, a support post that couldn’t be moved and a cracked foundation were the major design and construction challenges faced during this project. Work onsite began after the “Safer at Home” mandate was lifted. Fortunately, the basement had a separate entrance. A safe work environment was maintained by limiting onsite workers to ensure physical distancing and by using the basement entrance.

Timber Innovations transformed an unfinished basement and designed a vibrant industrial space that is warm and intimate, yet open; creating privacy without walls. By incorporating the homeowners modern aesthetic contrasted with sensory details — accented wood grains that add visual interest, wood slats on black doors adding texture and dimension, and multi-level floors and surfaces to define spaces — Timber Innovations created a unique and inviting multi-use, guest and entertainment suite in a basement with natural light streaming through glass walls to the interior.

This project won the following awards and recognition:
2022 NARI Regional CotY Award for Basement $100,000 to $250,000

2021 NARI Milwaukee RotY Gold Award for Basement $100,000 to $250,000

Featured in the May 2022 issue of Fox Cities Magazine, "NARI Honors Transformational Remodeling Projects"