Utilizing your basement is one of the most effective ways to maximize your home’s value and square footage. Adding additional living space to your basement can make a huge impact on the flow of your daily life. Creating high-end, custom basement spaces is something our team specializes in, and we have worked with many local homeowners to create some really unique living spaces. As you envision your ideal lower-level space, here are the top features to include in your basement remodel.

Kitchenette / Bar


A basement kitchen or wet bar provides convenience and organization to your basement. For movie and game night lovers, a custom snack bar is a must-have. Keep snacks and treats close without running up and down the stairs. We’ve seen an increase in accent walls with kitchenettes and bars, especially with wood for an industrial look.

Wine Display


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Create a fine-dining ambiance for your at-home dining with luxurious details and a home bar to match. Show off your wine collection with a custom wine cellar, fit for both display and climate control. Wine and charcuterie nights won’t require restaurant reservations with a space like this!

Home Theater


Barrington Hills Home Theater




Smart home tech continues to advance, and one area where smart technology shines is in home theaters. Movie nights are forever elevated with a custom home theater! Our Barrington Hills Home Cinema seamlessly blends the feel of a classic theater with modern theater technology.


Secondary Living Space




Many homeowners utilize unfinished lower levels to create a secondary entertainment hub. Hosting friends and family for the holidays or for game nights is much easier with a secondary living space. Consider adding a fireplace to create a cozy seating moment to utilize during winter months. The extra living space will allow everyone to be together without feeling cramped. Our Huntley basement remodel is a great example of a basement entertainment hub as it includes a kitchenette, living space, guest room, and fireplace.


Kid-Friendly Spaces

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Specialized spaces for your children are always a fun addition to your home. Give your kids space to play with a custom game room, playhouse, or toy room! Our Elgin basement remodel is packed with family-friendly spaces for all ages, from a custom playhouse and bunk nook to a kitchenette and home theater.

Home Gym



Curate your ideal private fitness center with a custom basement home gym. Choose your favorite equipment to best suit your workout schedule, from weights and machines to sport-court and mirrors. Consider including a sauna or steam room for workout recovery. Our Barrington Hills Basement Remodel features a private home gym and sauna room.

Creative Hidden Storage



If you’re looking to keep part of your basement for storage, our team can help you utilize your space efficiently. Smart storage solutions will help keep your basement both highly organized and visually stunning. Our designers have utilized bookcase doors to create hidden entrances to toy rooms, a hidden speakeasy, and mechanical rooms.

Ready to make your basement uniquely fit for your family and lifestyle? Now is the best time to start the process to enjoy your new basement for the winter months. Our designers will help you navigate through the design process to find the design solution that works best for your space. Basement remodels often come with ceiling height limitations and structural beams, so working with a team who can creatively navigate these potential challenges from design through construction is critical. 

With our “Common Sense Remodeling” approach, the process of renovating your home has never been easier. Call us at 847-836-2600 or schedule an appointment with one of our talented designers to get on our project calendar right now!

ADS Pet Corner: Stella & Oakley



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This week, say hello to our Specialty Designer Kelsey’s dogs, Stella & Oakley! Stella is 3-year-old Yellow Lab, she is very loving and outgoing. Oakley is an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, he enjoys spending time curled up with a blanket on Kelsey’s bed.

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