Lexington Au Pair Suite

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Lexington Home Renovation Storyline

A young family with four children, living in a relatively new home in Lexington, approached Feinmann to renovate their basement with a complete au pair suite, including a separate entrance. By reconfiguring the unfinished square footage and moving the heating system, our design team created a floor plan with multi-use spaces. The basement now contains an updated playroom, a future exercise area, storage, and a beautiful au pair suite.

The wall beside the staircase to the basement was opened up to allow a stronger connection with the playroom. Shelves and a desk were custom built to fit into that newly exposed area of the finished basement. With four growing children, the expanded playroom is adjacent to the existing playroom and next to an equally large storage area. In the future, both areas can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes.

The au pair suite is in the opposite corner from the playroom, accessible at one end of a new corridor. Featuring a sitting area with a kitchenette – a 10’ stone counter top with a sink, cabinets and a small refrigerator – and a sleeping area (large enough for a king-size bed), closet and deluxe bathroom, the comfortable suite provides additional, private living space.  Two of the existing lally columns were encased in wood and incorporated into the half wall design, adding elegance as well as providing a visual boundary between the sitting and sleeping areas. Breaking through the original foundation wall, Feinmann built a deep, double window-well and used large Andersen gliding windows, complying with state building code providing egress from a sleeping area. The oversized windows also bring natural light into the au pair suite and lessen the below-ground feeling.