New Rec Room
Delvin and Eleanor Litman turn to a professional designer to help turn their enormous basement into a place where their family and friends can enjoy many different pursuits.
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Delvin and Eleanor Litman have been married for 36 years, have three grown children and were drawn to a large traditional home in the suburbs of Baltimore. An open floor plan and ample space make it a perfect home for entertaining guests and hosting family holidays, but their 2,000-square-foot above-ground basement feels too big for daily use. They hope a professional designer can turn this enormous space into a place where their family and friends can enjoy many different pursuits.
The Litmans choose Annlynn Best's design. The basement is now a multipurpose fully functional recreation room where they can entertain friends and family in style. The once stark, bare room is filled with furniture, color and warmth. The space is divided into different sections so that guests can use the room simultaneously to play, visit or watch TV and movies without disturbing one another. The pool table and pinball machine, located near the bar, make for a great adult hangout while the home-theater system, with plenty of comfortable seating, is a perfect place for social gatherings.
custom furniture — Shofer's
stair railings — Eastern Stair Builders
billiard table — Cagle's Billiard
Monopoly pinball machine — Weiner Distributors
framing — The Framer's Vise
granite top (Green Hawaii) — Vinci Stone
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