Playful and Practical: A Cramped Basement Becomes a Bright Playroom/guest Room. (Home Guide)

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Playful and Practical: A Cramped Basement Becomes a Bright Playroom/guest Room. (Home Guide)


After the arrival of their first child, the owners of this home found they needed a guest room and playroom, so they converted a 485-squarefoot basement apartment into a multifunctional space.

The remodel combines practicality with a sense of fun in a cheerful palette of soft blues, yellows, and reds. The new L-shaped, butter yellow playroom/guest room wraps around a bathroom hidden behind a blue plaster wall. The dominant feature of the playroom is a periwinkle blue storage wall that contains cabinets, drawers, a display niche, and a long, narrow counter. A former closet behind the storage wall became an elevated, child-size play alcove. Another wall contains a Murphy bed for guests.

DESIGN: Burks Toma Architects, Berkeley (510/524-4255)

Peter O. Whiteley

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