To give this basement even more of a purpose, he and the homeowners decided to add a wine cellar, which Monticello Custom Homes helped build. As wine enthusiasts with a penchant for hosting, the homeowners' wine cellar was a dream come true for them.
“The clients wanted a wine cellar with a tasting area, but because of the existing windows, we decided to make the wine cellar smaller to create an opportunity for a dining experience, in what now became a grotto,” Taylor says.
Fortunately, the basement already gets natural light, so Taylor could pull off a slightly darker color scheme without making it feel cramped. The deep red in the woven rug stands out against the neutrals but doesn’t compete with the warm wood tones. “We wanted the feel to be that of a Tuscan winery, still traditional but updated and relaxed,” Taylor says.
The family entertains a lot, and although this space is not their main dining area, Taylor says it has become their favorite place to dine.