GREAT SPACE: Lounge + Bar + Brewery + Spa = One Fabulous Basement

This article was originally published as “Basement Boîte” in CityHome 2014. For more photos of this project, visit our Facebook page.


Photo by Doublespace Photography
Photo by Doublespace Photography

While most of the projects that Just Basements undertakes are quite elaborate, this luxe project is in a league of its own. The homeowners, Kal and Victoria*, wanted a well-appointed lounge and bar area, a home theatre, and a spa bathroom. They also requested that a functioning brewery be integrated into the space. “Who knows if we’ll ever get to do another brewery in a basement,” says Just Basements president Norm Lecuyer. “Knowing this could be a one-off made us even more excited to make sure the room was visible. It was a real opportunity.”

The brewing operation is both a hobby and a business for Kal, founder of The Electric Brewery, which sells electric brewing kits and accessories. With that in mind, Lecuyer gave the microbrewery a clean, contemporary look, then installed large windows, making it visible from the lounge and bar area. The room, though separated from the main basement space, becomes part of the experience of being at the bar.

Photo by Doublespace Photography
Photo by Doublespace Photography

The couple, who are huge movie fans, also knew they wanted a serious home cinema with a real movie theatre layout. The tiered seating allows for that vibe but obliged Lecuyer and his team to move ductwork to allow for the height needed in that section of the basement.

Photo by Doublespace Photography
Photo by Doublespace Photography


“A basement is a very restrictive space,” explains Lecuyer. “It can be like a puzzle — fitting in the necessary elements like ductwork around a client’s wish list.” Happily for them, everything came together perfectly.

* first names only at owners’ request

Just Basements

Contractor: Just Basements

Home Theatre Projector/Screen: Supplied by homeowner

Chairs: Supplied by homeowner

Carpet: Victory carpet tile in Gunmetal, Westboro Flooring

Lounge Area
Chairs: Mikaza Home

Coffee Table: Mikaza Home

Fireplace: The Bio Flame (Calgary)

Fireplace Surround: Ridalco Industries

Area Rug: HomeSense

Potlights: Lightolier, from Nedco Electrical Supply

Light Fixture: Eurofase Dervish 5 large pendant in chrome, Multi Luminaire

Bar Area
Counter (main): Cambria Minera #5360, Urban Quarry

Counter (waterfall): Cambria Whitehall #0120, square edge, Urban Quarry

Bar Stools: Mikaza Home

Bar Sink: Boholmen, Ikea

Bar Faucet: Delta Trinsic pull-down, Boone Plumbing and Heating Supply

Bar/Brewery Floor Tile: ITC Metallic Black, Euro Tile & Stone

Tiles (bath/sauna):
Costanto — Gallarata Series, natural finish, Euro Tile & Stone
Cinza — Gallarata Series, natural finish, Euro Tile & Stone

Tiles (shower niche): Opus Stick, Blend #1, Ceragres


All equipment from The Electric Brewery