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M.J. Whelan can turn your cold, drab basement into an inviting, functional & comfortable, new living space. One of the greatest assets of a finished basement is they can serve any function that suits your individual needs. There can be something for everyone. A second kitchen for large family gatherings, a bar for hanging out with friends complete with a pool table or maybe ping-pong? Lots of space for busy kids to play or do homework, and well… you can never have too much storage. Theaters rooms and fireplaces are also quite a trend these days in basements. We can add a bathroom and then, who knows… you may not want to go back upstairs!




 
 

Finished Basement - Amazing architecture in this once cement
covered space! This finished basement was the 3rd of a 4 phase
renovation in this spectacular home. A pub style bar is the focal
point upon entering this space. The beautiful brick archways that
were built throughout this lower level along with rustic hickory flooring
give an old world feel. A Wooden Hammer custom door leading to a
brick wine cellar along with a solid walnut bar countertops in this pub
style bar are just a few design elements of this new lower level.  A
home theater, bedroom, exercise room and two new baths are also
part of the design. The basement seems to go forever and then opens
up to the incredible backyard, complete with a Gunite swimming pool
and spa, stone work and landscape all melding with the architectural
style of this gorgeous home. Finished Basements Oakland County, MI



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Reclaim the value of your home. Turn that pile of boxes into an organized living space. From a simple kids playroom to a state-of-the-art home theatre. The possibilities can be endless.

A kitchenette, a bathroom, a fireplace, a wet bar with a bedroom or two can help to define the way you live and entertain. The right design can make it the hub of your family’s activities and the envy of your neighbors.
 

 

Contemporary Finished Basement -
A Picture is worth a thousand words,
but it's difficult to describe this exquisite basement in a photograph. Designed
for a couple who are a party waiting to happen, this walkout basement was
destined to be spectacular. Once a cold, blank slate of concrete, the basement
is now an extraordinary multifunctional living space. The luxurious new design
includes a stunning full bar with all the amenities. The cabinetry was done in
Brookhaven Bridgeport Oak in a Bistro finish and granite countertops. In the
lounge area an older fireplace was removed and replaced with a Lennox
direct-vent fireplace. Gorgeous stacked quartz stone in Glacier white
surrounds the unit and Corian was used for the hearth.
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Continued - A home theater room is tucked away yet open to the lounge area.
Custom woodwork also helps to set this basement apart. Unique art deco columns
were designed by the M.J. Whelan design team, along with several art nooks
peppered throughout the space. Beautiful trim molding wrap the entire space.
Tray ceilings help to define different areas of the space. Lighting is layered
throughout, including indirect cove lighting wrapping every tray. A spa room
and full bathroom were also a part of the new design. Even a room for dogs
Zuess, Logan and Baby Zander! See more photo's of this remodeled basement
in our basement photo gallery. Walkout Basement Renovations.
Milford, Michigan


Contemporary Finished Basement -A picture is worth a thousand words but it’s difficult to describe this exquisite basement in a photograph. Designed for a couple who are a party waiting to happen, this basement was destined to be spectacular.  Once a cold blank slate, this basement is now an extraordinary functional living space. The luxurious new design includes a stunning bar done in Brookhaven Bridgeport Oak in a bistro finish and granite countertops. The lounge area had the old fireplace removed and replaced. The new unit is surrounded in white limestone with a Corian hearth. A state of the art theater room is tucked away yet open to the lounge area.  Custom woodwork also helps to set this basement apart. Unique art deco columns, tray ceilings, art nooks and beautiful trim moldings wrap the entire space. Lighting is layered throughout.  A spa room and full bathroom were included.  Even a room for dogs Zuess, Logan and Zander, complete with a sliding doggy door. Basement Renovation. Milford, Michigan 

 

 Walkout Basement Remodel - With our clients needs in mind, a great finished basement plan with a multifunctional floor plan was created by our design team. The finished result is a fun, family friendly family room with have something for everyone!  The lower level includes a large entertainment and game area. Adjoining that is a generously sized family and entertainment area with stunning views of the wooded area behind the home.  A expansive wet bar was built with maple Seneca Ridge Cabinets and granite countertops and is central to the lower level. A tiled lounge area is adjacent to the wet bar and is reminiscent of an English pub. Beautiful coffered and tray ceilings disguise ductwork throughout the basement but add drama and architectural character. A new bedroom, beautiful bathroom and loads of storage complete this 1800 sq. ft walkout basement.





Walkout Basement Remodel - With our clients needs in mind a great
multi-functional floor plan for this basement plan was designed by our
design team. The finished result is a fun, family friendly room with something
for everyone! This lower level includes a large billiards and game area.
Adjoining that space is the entertainment and living area with full size
windows and stunning views of the wooded area behind the home.  An
unused wall at the base of the stairway was an opportunity to create a
large open office/homework space. A tiled pub room is adjacent to the
bar but tucked into a corner for a quieter atmosphere. Beautiful tray and
coffered ceilings disguise ductwork throughout the basement, but add
drama and architectural character. A new bedroom, beautiful full bathroom
and loads of storage complete this 1800 sq ft basement. Continued Below


 
 

Finished Basement Bar - An expansive wet bar was built in this Highland
basement shown above, using maple Seneca Ridge cabinets and sleek granite.
The dual level countertops create a great serving and conversation area. Boxed
in ductwork with added crown molding is a great example of how M.J. Whelan
turns a design dilemma into a design advantage. Our specialty ceilings not only
gorgeous but help to define the space. This sophisticated and stylish kitchenette
is open to the entertainment and game area and is the focal point of the space.
Basement Remodeling. Hartland, MI





 With our clients needs in mind a great multi-functional floor plan for this basement plan was designed by our design team. The finished result is a fun, family friendly room with something for everyone! This lower level includes a large billiards and game area. Adjoining that space is the entertainment and living area with full size windows and stunning views of the wooded area behind the home. An expansive wet bar was built using maple Seneca ridge cabinets and granite countertops and is central to the lower level. An unused wall was transformed iwas an opportunity to create an open office/homework space. A tiled pub room is adjacent to the bar. Beautiful  tray and coffered ceilings disguise ductwork throughout the basement, but add drama and architectural character. A new bedroom, beautiful full bathroom and loads of storage complete this 1800 sq ft basement.

 

 
- Finished Basement - This beautiful home's basement is a comfortable, well defined space with many amenities. The new basement lounge area includes a simple hospitality center with a bar, created with Brookhaven cabinets and granite countertops. A new bathroom, game area, storage area and exercise room are a few features of this cozy family hangout. Unsightly steel support columns were relocated and integrated into our design. They were wrapped in drywall and layers of molding. French doors lead into a state of the art home theater, which is the highlight of this finished basement. A curved double soffit mirrors the curved stair risers below. LED recessed rope light was installed in the step. A daylight egress window was added to the space. Just add popcorn! Basement Remodeling. Milford, MI


 

Finished Basement & Home Theater - This beautiful home's basement
has been transformed into a comfortable, casual inviting living space. The
highlight of this lower level is the
state of the art home theater room.  A
curved double soffit mirrors the curved stair risers below. LED recessed
rope lighting was installed in the step.
Unsightly steel support columns
were relocated and integrated into our design. They were wrapped in
drywall and layers of molding.
A daylight egress window was added to
the space. 
New French doors lead the way into this space from the newly
finished main living area.
The new basement lounge area includes a
simple hospitality center with a double level bar, created with Brookhaven
cabinets and granite countertops. A new bathroom, game area, storage
area and exercise room are a few features of this cozy family hangout.
Just add popcorn!  Basement Remodeling. Brighton
, MI



Lakefront Walkout Basement - The basement that used to serve as a
dumping ground for family clutter has been transformed into comfortable,
multi-functional living area. The new basement floor plan created a family
friendly space that includes an exercise room, laundry room, bathroom and
loads of storage. The kitchen adjoins to the living area, game area and lakefront
entryway, making it very conducive to entertaining. A beautiful full kitchen was
installed using Merillat maple cabinets, laminate countertops and tile flooring.
The design offers an expansive double level island ideal for serving. A direct
vent fireplace was installed in the living area. A new custom built mantle and
bookcases surround it. The beachy, breezy feel to this waterfront finished
basement will leave this family feeling sunny, even when they're stuck indoors!
Walkout Basement Remodel. Highland, MI


 The basement that used to serve as a dumping ground for family clutter has been transformed into comfortable, multi-functional living area. The new basement floor plan created a family-friendly space that includes an exercise room, laundry room, bathroom and loads of storage. The kitchen adjoins to the living area, game area and lakefront entryway, making it very conducive to entertaining. A beautiful full kitchen was installed using Merillat maple cabinets, laminate countertops and tile flooring. The design offers an expansive double level island ideal for serving. A direct vent fireplace was installed in the living area. A new custom built mantle and bookcases surround it. The beachy, breezy feel to this waterfront finished basement will leave this family feeling sunny, even when they're stuck indoors!

 
 


Finished Basement - This condominium basement was designed to create a distinct architectural look for a space that previously had none. Elliptical archways and specialty moldings were installed to create the look of a Mediterranean style wine cellar. A full kitchen with Corian countertops, a fireplace and built-ins will make this l ower level a great gathering place for friends and family. The fireplace surround was custom built for this space and is solid limestone.  Two unattractive existing egress windows were disguised and concealed by custom woodwork and stained glass. They were designed and built in a way that gives them the appearance of double hutches. Gotta love that! The completed design compliments our client’s tastes and the homes architectural style. Basement remodeling, Milford, Michigan


Finished Basement - This condominium basement was designed to create
a distinct architectural look for a space that previously had none. Elliptical
archways and specialty moldings were installed to create the look of a
Mediterranean style wine cellar. A full kitchen with Corian countertops, a
fireplace and built-ins will make this lower level a great gathering place for
friends and family. The fireplace surround was custom built for this space
and is solid limestone. Two unattractive existing egress windows were
disguised and concealed by custom woodwork and stained glass.They
were designed and built in a way that gives them the appearance of
double hutches. Gotta love that! The completed design compliments our
client’s tastes and the homesarchitectural style. 
Basement remodeling, Milford, Michigan


Finished Basement
- Comfortable furnishings surround a state of the
art home theater unit that is flanked with pillars and built in open bookcases.
Beautiful coffered ceilings creates an inviting space by adding depth and
interest.Basement Remodel. Brighton, MI




“Thanks so much for making a dream come true! Your team
was awesome and we enjoyed getting to know a little about each
one of them. God bless you and your entire M.J. Whelan staff.”

Cherie Forbes, Wixom, MI

 


Finished Basement - Comfortable furnishings surround a state of the art home theater unit that is flanked with pillars and built in open bookcases. Beautiful coffered ceilings creates an inviting space by adding depth and interest. Basement Remodel. Brighton, MI 	  Finished Basement - Comfortable furnishings surround a state of the art home theater unit that is flanked with pillars and built in open bookcases. Beautiful coffered ceilings creates an inviting space by adding depth and interest. Basement Remodel. Brighton, MI






Basement Finishing -
The goal for finishing the basement was to create a relaxing entertaining space as well as a great hangout for family and friends. This beautiful home's basement design includes many great features. A kitchenette was built using Merillat Spring Valley cabinets & granite tops. Built-in bookcases and a TV unit were built onsite to be part of the entertainment area. French doors open up to a new exercise room. Existing steel columns were a turned into something beautiful and integrated into the design. Heat ducts running throughout the space that were also turned into an architectural statement. A daylight egress window helps brighten up the space. From storage to stunning Highland, MI






 


Finished Basement - This well designed basement actually looks nothing like a
basement. The beautifully decorated space includes a custom built cherry bar unit
with granite countertops & Brookhaven cherry cabinetry. A cultured stone fireplace
and coffered ceiling adds architectural detail to this basement. Comfortable
furnishings surround a state of the art home theater unit that is flanked with pillars
and built in open bookcases. Coffered ceilings creates add depth and interest.
Basement Remodeling. Brighton, MI



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Finished basement
- This comfortable and inviting finished basement was designed to include a state of the art home theater room, billiard room, game room with a 2-way fireplace and a kitchenette/ bar. A spare bedroom and music room were also included in the basement plan. Archways built with used brick add lots of warmth and character. Basement Remodeling, Highland, MI

 

"Everyone was always extrememly professional
and courteous. Your commitment to please the
customer truly shows. The basement is amazing!"
Steve & Karen Freed. Highland, MI


 





Basement Renovation
- Reorganizing and redefining this space turned an older outdated finished basement into a inviting new family getaway. The large open space includes something for everyone. M.J. Whelan provided custom built-in woodwork throughout the basement. A stunning bar with granite countertops is one of the highlights of this basement. Custom Brookhaven cherry cabinets were used along with sleek Uba Tuba granite.. The bar was handcrafted to match. A furniture-like TV entertainment unit was built along with built in bookcases in several different areas of the room. Details in the woodwork , such as crown molding, fluted columns, subtle arches and fine finishes make a great architectural statement. All built-ins and trim were hand finished to match the Brookhaven cabinets. The accoustical tile ceililng was removed and drywalled. A new bathroom was included in this home improvement project. Finished Basement, Farmington Hills, MI

 

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Finished Basement Remodel - This beautiful basement delivers high style and sophistication.  A full lower level kitchen using Merrillat maple Sedona cabinetry and quartz countertops with an expansive bar offers plenty of storage and amenities. A beautiful custom tile design wraps the kitchen/bar area to define that space. A custom built-in TV entertainment center with bookcases are not only stunning, they help provide a warm functional piece of furniture to the room. To add light to this living area an Egress window was installed in the pool room portion of the basement. A full bathroom and large storage room were also added to complete this basement remodeling project. Basement Remodeling, Novi, MI


 










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Finished Basement Kitchen Remodel - This stunning full kitchen is part of the basement in the photo above. Materials blend together beautifully in this space to create an inviting place for family and guests. Slate tile surrounds the large island and blends flawlessly into this newly remodeled space. With plenty of specialized lighting, glass cabinets and many other features, this formerly drab basement now feels warm, open, and comfortable. Finished Basement Kitchen. Novi, MI


“I deal with a lot of different building contractors all the time and it is so refreshing to have crews
show  up on time, get right to work, be prepared, clean up after themselves, and do a great job. Now we
have first  hand knowledge of the quality workmanship and service your company provides.”
Sandy Slavens, Kensington Heights Co-Op, Milford, MI

 

“Our basement went from a blank canvas to being functional and cozy. Exactly what we had in
mind. From the moment the job started, the men who came and went from our home were exceptional.
They always kept in mind that they were working in a home environment right up till the job was completed.
And might we add, it finished on time. You kept to your word on timing and quality and we thank you. We
certainly would recommend and use M.J. Whelan Construction for future remodeling ideas for our home.”
Darel & Sara Dickens, Milford, MI

 

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