With 180-degree ocean views, this Manhattan Beach, California, home, perched on top of a hill, is a sight for sore eyes. It wasn’t always the case, though. Before designer Kate Lester got her hands on it, the 6,000-square-foot Mediterranean house was dark and dated, and the spacious basement was a dumping ground for the family of four. “The space wasn’t being utilized properly,” she says. “It was just extra storage off the garage.” So, after she transformed the upstairs into a “Spanifornia” (Spanish-California) haven, she tackled the downstairs. The family wanted an ultracool hangout that could host both their teenage son and his friends, and the adults. “The main goal for me was that it didn’t feel juvenile,” says Kate. “It still had to be sophisticated.” The end result is a functional and fashionable gathering place, perfect for sleepovers, game nights and more.
Scroll down to see the before and after of this dramatic basement makeover!