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Turn Your Bland Basement Into A Lovely Lower-Level

Trever Hill

With some of the most stylish homeowners now referring to their upgraded basements as “lower levels,” we called on Trever Hill Design to show us just how these once-hidden spaces are being transformed.

Photography by J. Alan Paul Photography
Before Photo contributed by Julie Friederichs

With some of the most stylish homeowners now referring to their upgraded basements as “lower levels,” we called on Trever Hill Design to show us just how these once-hidden spaces are being transformed. Hill shows us that with a little design know-how, any outdated basement can become a beautiful and better-utilized extension of the home. Take a tour with Hill as he reveals three basement makeovers that have their homeowners longing to live in the lower-level.

1. The Friederichs Family

Originally built in 1999, this home belonging to the Friederichs family had a basement that was overdue for an update. When working with this family of six, Hill understood that comfort was a top priority.

When Hill was at Market, he found a deep sectional from Four Hands. After checking the measurements, he knew it would be perfect for them. Beyond comfort, it also had great lines. “Sectionals are great in basements for their casual feel with ample seating for family and friends,” Hill said.

He also chose high-back, slip-covered accent chairs. “These chairs swivel as well, which is great for anyone
wanting to watch TV or move for conversation and redirect to the sectional,” Hill added.

Trever basement 1 fireplace

During the refinish, Hill and the Friederichs worked with Patrick Field from Signature Improvements as the contractor. Hill selected all of the finishes including the wallpaper, stone and carpet. They also worked with Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry on the shelving. “I wanted the shelving to float, guiding the eye to the wallpaper and carpet with LED lighting adding depth from below. This gives the illusion of a more expansive space, as you can clearly see the continuance of the flooring and wall covering,” Hill explained.

Trever basement 1 fireplace


Sectional – Four Hands, McNeal & Friends
Accent chairs – Four Hands, McNeal & Friends
Coffee & side table – Arteriors, McNeal & Friends
Fiddle leaf fig tree – Furniture Mart
Baskets – NPD, McNeal & Friends
Console table – Ashley Furniture HomeStore
Art – HomeGoods
Accessories – McNeal & Friends, HomeGoods
Pillows -HomeGoods
Greenery accents – Furniture Mart
Fireplace & stone – Hebron Brick
Accent tile – Ceramic Tileworks
Carpet – Carpet World
Wallpaper – Philip Jeffries, McNeal & Friends
Sconces – Wayfair
Floating stand & mantel – Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry

Trever Hill basement 2

2. The Erickson Family

The Erickson family decided to finish their basement to create more entertaining space for their household of four, which includes two young children. The Ericksons built their newly constructed home in 2016 and wanted the basement to feel like an extension of the light and airy upstairs.

Once again, Hill was on the hunt for the perfect sectional. “I wanted to find a durable sectional that was light and fresh. One of the criteria Danielle explained was that she wanted a chaise lounge on part of the sectional. I found one at Furniture Mart and it couldn’t have been any more perfect for their space. The color was amazing, the size was perfect and the final test was comfort. Everything checked out,” said Hill.

After he found the sectional, Trever ordered barstools and started searching for accessories.

“What we ended up with was a soft, inviting and fresh space for the family to spend time or to host friends for entertaining,” Hill conveyed.

Trever Hill dog

The Ericksons’ dog, Reggie, enjoys lounging on the sectional too.


Contractor – Titan Homes
Bar & fireplace – Wood plank tile
Sectional – Furniture Mart
Accent Pillows – McNeal & Friends/HomeGoods
Art – HomeGoods
Sofa table – Unclaimed Freight Furniture
Floor lLamp – HomeGoods
Barstools – McNeal & Friends
Accessories – HomeGoods

Trever Hill basement 3 wide shot

3. The Bittner Family

Jeremy and Brooke Bittner wanted to transform their spacious basement into a man cave and the ultimate place to entertain. Before Trever Hill, this basement was sheet-rocked and the bar had been installed by the previous owner.


“When working with the Bittner’s their main focus on the basement was a man cave for Jeremy and also a space to entertain with. I knew it needed to feel masculine and solid,” Hill said.

Being that Jeremy Bittner is an avid sports fan, one of Hill’s priorities was to find a way to hang three TVs, which allow the Bittners to keep an eye on more than one game at a time and never miss a play.

Trever Hill wine

Throughout the process, Hill based his designs off of what was important to Jeremy Bittner. “When talking with Jeremy, I found out he loves wine and wanted a place to store it all. I came up with the idea to utilize the space under the stairwell as a wine cellar. I did a sketch for them on the overall idea, and they loved it,” said Hill.

After coming up with a design, Hill collaborated with the Bittner’s contractor, the owner of Complete Home Projects, who was also the original builder of the home.

Hill added a total of five stacked stone pillars to the space along with an entire wall of wallpaper and reclaimed wood to coordinate with the reclaimed wood behind the preexisting bar.


Contractor – Complete Home Projects
Stacked stone pillars – Hebron Brick
Wallpaper – McNeal & Friends
Sofa table – McNeal & Friends
Ottoman – Wayfair
Accent chair – HomeGoods
Pillows – McNeal & Friends
Art – SCHEELS Home & Hardware
Stools – McNeal & Friends
Accessories – HomeGoods
Bar table – Ashley Furniture HomeStore

For more information, contact

Trever Hill Design
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