Remodelers Corner – May/June 2012

0047When Tim and Cara Tracy were looking to expand their living space, their unfinished basement presented the perfect opportunity. With two of six children still living at home, the Tracys liked the idea that the remodel would afford them more room. It also meant more living space when grandchildren and guests come to visit.

    The Tracys worked with Mickey Elias of Elias Construction to realize their dreams while staying in budget. Tim said Mickey was easy to work with. “He listened, was flexible, timely, did beautiful work and we like how he utilized the space.”

    The basement redo includes a wet bar, fireplace, bathroom, bedroom and a host of detailed features. “The rustic hickory cabinets and woodwork with painted trim and doors give the space a beautiful contrast of color,” said Mickey.

    The Tracys said the decision to go out or stay in to entertain is now easier with their new wet bar. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and pendant lighting are enhanced by a custom hickory-wrapped beam and post.

    The Tracy’s also gained a walk-in, under-the-stairs closet. “I wanted a place for grandkids’ toys and a place for them to play,” said Cara. “This worked out perfectly.”

    Cara’s favorite portion of the remodel is the new bathroom. Powder blue walls provide a soothing backdrop. The shower features custom tile with accents of marble and glass. The makeup vanity includes a large drawer and access to storage in the nearby vertical cupboard.

    “It’s important to envision what you want, gather pictures and share them with your contractor,” advises Cara. “And if what you want doesn’t match up with your budget, look for alternatives to get the same effect.” For example, Cara was hoping for a particular shape for the front of the fireplace. When it didn’t fit into their budget, she worked with Mickey on an alternative option to achieve a look resulting in the same appeal.

Penny Marshall is a Rochester freelance writer.