Sip, Socialize, and Celebrate: Unveiling This Beautifully Green Basement Bar in North Oaks

December 20, 2023 | Featured Project

These North Oaks homeowners wanted to turn an underutilized lower level into a bar for entertaining. So, they came to James Barton Design-Build to make it happen. The result was a stunningly green hangout spot that’s become a favorite place to socialize with loved ones. 

Green cabinet in basement bar, part of a lower level remodel in North Oaks, MinnesotaMaking Your Lower Level Stand Out 

  • Custom cabinets

These custom cabinets, painted in Sherwin Williams – Rosemary SW6187, are the star of the show, bringing a pop of color into this sophisticated lower-level wet bar. To accentuate the design, the homeowners opted for sleek Top Knobs cabinet hardware in black.

  • Reeded glass 

Within the custom cabinets, reeded glass inlays give a distinctively textured surface with diffused light. And because it obscures what’s inside, the homeowners can use it for storage without worrying too much about how it’s organized.

Quartz countertop in basement bar

  • Countertop backsplash 

The quartz backsplash is a standout element, adding even more style and texture to the design, giving it a little something special. The team pulled the texture into the countertop to give a cohesive look. 


  • Countertop floating shelf

A well-placed floating shelf adds a modern touch to the bar while also providing a focal point for these homeowners to display books, plants, or whatever they please.

  • Accent lighting 

The right lighting is key to how a space feels and functions. These lighting fixtures illuminate the bar without being overpowering. Plus, the lights add symmetry and elegance to the overall bar design.

“The homeowner had a unique sense of style that made creating this bar area a joy to work on,” said Sydney Monson, one of JBDB’s resident designers.  “Working on a bar allows us to be a little more creative—this is a unique one-off space that’s not the home’s main hub, so we can easily showcase a homeowner’s style and personality.”

  • Ice maker 

Adding an ice maker to the bar was also a request from the homeowner so they could easily make cocktails and keep drinks cold. This bar also features a working sink complete with a Delta faucet so the homeowners can pour a glass of water or wash glasses at the end of the night.

  • Built-in wine rack

The homeowners were passionate about having a wine rack in this part of their home. The JBDB team’s innovative solution lets them easily organize and access their expansive wine collection!

  • Undercounter fridge

In a lower-level bar, convenience is everything. The Zephyr undercounter fridge is the perfect place to store cold beverages, so there’s no need to travel up to the kitchen and miss a moment of fun.

“We love how this project turned out,” said these North Oaks, Minnesota homeowners. “The JBDB team did such a great job listening to our needs and translating them into a fully realized design. It’s become one of the most used parts of our home.” 


Enjoy More Space in Your Minnesota Home

Put your home’s square footage to good use! With a lower-level remodel, you can finally enjoy parts of your house that are just sitting there. The James Barton Design-Build team knows how to implement your style preferences into a space you love spending time in. 

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