Washington Highlands Pub Room


The Washington Highlands contains historic and gorgeous homes and we’ve been lucky enough to do multiple projects for these historic residences.

An extra basement room with great windows and a brick fireplace was the beginning of a pub room inspired by travels throughout Europe. Our clients requested a space for entertaining to be built within an existing room in their basement. It must be functional – remain warm and dry though the worst Wisconsin weather and include a variety of lighting to suit any atmosphere from wine tasting to football games. The homeowners have adolescent children, so all alcohol must be under lock and key.  They requested display storage for a collection of pint glasses and other sports memorabilia.

The new space features new windows and insulation to keep the cold at bay, and in-floor heating combined with the gas fireplace keep the space warm. Existing beams recieved new casings, set with lights, and plastered into place. This allowed us to run electrical within the beams, keeping the costs down by avoiding the need to drill into the existing plaster ceiling. Wood-look tile was installed in a herringbone pattern and a cast concrete mantlepiece as created to draw out the colors in the existing brick surround. Custom cabinets, including a distressed wood countertop, were created to fit the space and convey the “pub” feel of the room.  The homeowners say this Washington Highlands basement pub has become a gathering spot for the whole neighborhood – we’ll drink to that!

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