Basement Designs in Essex County NJ

The Essex County clients wanted to renovate their basement. They hired Design Build Planners to create designs for the basement remodel. A dollhouse overview can be seen on the right.

In these designs, we show the design option of leaving the ceiling unfinished and spray painting the floor joist above white or black. We prefer black because we think it gives the better feeling of extra height. Plus painting it white on an old home like this as people walk across on the first floor dust and dirt from crevices will make the white look dirty quickly. See which you prefer in the CAD!


The computer images were created by the talented Design Build Planners design team under the direction of Jason Parsons.  Jason Parsons is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler. As a part of the design process, we ask our clients to create a Houzz Ideabook to give us a better insight into their likes/dislikes stylistically. Here are a few samples from this client’s Ideabook:


Here are the photos of the existing basement:


Below you will find the three design plans and their related scope of work.

Plan 1: ROBUST


  • Frame basement per plan
  • Paint ceiling and exposed HVAC with white paint
  • Exposed beams for ceiling painted white
  • New treads on lower steps and new cable rail
  • Enclose mechanical area
  • Enclose washer and dryer
  • Laundry sink and storage area open with beadboard wall covering
  • ¾ bath with framed sliding shower door, tile in shower and on floor
  • Wet bar with seating and under counter beverage center
  • Bar area behind the couch
  • Storage closet next to the bar
  • Enclose the electrical panel and gas line areas
  • Add a media cabinet with storage
  • Knee wall to separate play area
  • Cortec or similar flooring
  • Teak wall paneling on TV wall
  • Stone accent in bar
  • Hanging lights




Plan 2: MODEST (Changes from Plan 1


  • Follow architect’s plan for design
  • Paint ceiling and exposed HVAC with black paint
  • Exposed beams for ceiling painted black paint
  • Lower steps with wood white/stained rail
  • No beadboard in laundry sink area, standard undermount sink, tile rear wall
  • ¾ bath per architect plan
  • Wet bar without seating. Tile on rear wall
  • No knee wall to rear (office) area
  • Carpet flooring
  • No teak accent wall
  • No stone
  • Boxed in recessed lights




Plan 3 ~ WOW (changes to Plan 1)


  • Alternate design plan
  • Paint exposed ceiling area white, left side of home ceiling covered in drywall
  • Framed railing on stairs
  • Relocate laundry sink to mechanical wall with ejector pump to waste line
  • ¾ bath per architect plan with neo angle shower
  • Wet bar without seating. Tile on rear wall
  • Rotate wet bar and enlarge seating area
  • Wide plank flooring
  • Thin veneer brick on TV wall, and upper walls in bar area
  • Stained beadboard on lower walls in the bar area
  • Stepped wall framing for upper and lower foundation walls on the left and right side of the basement
  • Enclosed play area with double barn doors
  • Mini recessed lights in drywall ceiling area
  • Add pendant lights over bar and couch





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