Most people wouldn’t describe their home gym as their favorite room in their home, but with an 11-foot climbing wall and colorful monkey bars alongside more traditional gym equipment, that’s exactly how Steve Schwartz and Paige Henkel feel about the activity space in their basement.
In fact, their entire basement renovation earlier this year, which included the gym, a home office, workshop, art space and home theater, served to make their home a more inviting and entertaining place.
“I want to make my house as comfortable and fun as possible,” said Schwartz. “The house is designed for just that — we have playrooms and activities.”
Henkel and Schwartz worked with builder Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta and architect Ebru Ela Ercan of e3 design for the renovation in order to bring their vision to life and create the perfect spaces for their family.
“It’s my happy place,” said Schwartz.
Residents: Paige Henkel, Steve Schwartz and their two children, Andie and Caroline Schwartz. Henkel is a stay-at-home mom, and Schwartz works in IT security consulting.
Size: 5,500 square feet, four bedrooms, five baths
Year built/bought: 2016
Builder: SR Homes
Renovations: Basement buildout in February 2019
Project consultants: Builder Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta; architect Ebru Ela Ercan of e3 design
Architectural style: Traditional brick
Favorite architectural elements: Lofted ceilings in the master bedroom and basement
Interior design styles: Clean traditional
Favorite interior design elements: Neutral tones and clean lines throughout; coffee table in the den; stand-alone tub in the master bathroom and climbing wall in the home gym
Favorite outdoor feature: Screened-in porch
Resources: Decor from Grandin Road, Ballard Designs, Kazoo Toys, Pottery Barn, Scott Antique Markets, DHI, Nadeau, Drape 98, Pine Cone Hill and Stein Mart. Lighting from Progressive Lighting. Paint colors are Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray throughout the living area; Pure White on the kitchen cabinets; Rhythmic Blue and Swimming in the girls’ rooms; Dover white on the master bedroom walls with Hinting Blue on the ceiling; Ski Slope in the master bath; Peppercorn in the home theater and gym; Sea Salt in the art room.
Decor tip: Use bits of nature against a neutral palette to get flashes of freshness. “I love fresh flowers. I have a lot of those around the house just to brighten things up,” said Henkel. “Since I do tend to go more neutral, it’s nice to bring in color with accessories, and if you can get something from nature that’s even a bonus.”
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