Lakehouse Family-Friendly Basement Remodel in Lake Monona, WI


When our clients moved into their new lakefront home, the location was perfect. Dreamy in fact. The basement, however, needed to be remodeled. It was about one thousand square feet of unfinished space with support poles in the middle of the room. Used primarily for miscellaneous storage, it had the potential to become this family’s dream basement—a family room, media room, guest suite, and room for storage.

The adults wanted an open, inviting place to entertain guests and family. Their “wish list” items also included a sauna, a home gym, and a basement bathroom. The daughters had their sights set on creating a place to have slumber parties, watch movies and play pool.


The dark, unwelcoming basement became the focus of this remodel, turning the unused space into a warm, practical, and even fun place to spend time. Designed to our client’s stylistic tastes and functional needs, budget and timeline, the basement was transformed into a luxurious, multi-use open space, featuring Adura and Four Seasons flooring, custom shelving displays, concealed structural columns, stone finishes, a beautiful glass chandelier, and even a large fish tank that created a striking focal point and visual interest in the room. Other unique amenities include Grohe plumbing fixtures, an InSinkerator, Braun fan and Pella windows, for controlled circular airflow.


The basement remodel is now practical and beautiful, fit for entertaining, movie watching, and accommodating guests. It also comes with loads of storage to tuck away games, toys, and other cherishable items. A perfect home, indeed!

“Sweeney recently did a full basement remodel for us. When we bought our house in 2001, we knew we would need to do major remodeling. We first worked with Sweeney in 2004 to gut and remodel our kitchen as well as do a refresh (new windows, siding, wood floor refinish, etc). We were so pleased with the quality and professionalism provided by Sweeney that we have since hired them to gut and remodel two bathrooms, replace all the doors, and now gut and remodel our basement. Tim Sweeney and all the Sweeney staff are great to work with, and they stand behind their work. In our experience, they do a good job of budgeting (can’t blame them for our change requests!) and stick to their schedule.”

—Cathie E.

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1008 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison WI, 53715

Phone: 608.257.3034