"I can seat 19 people down here," she said. Her son, Brian Kuhn, and son-in-law, Chris Ojeda, helped with the sound system and with moving all of the pieces into place.
Prints and posters adorn the walls, with the images of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Barney Fife, Lucy and Howdy Doody prominently displayed.
Last fall, as a kickoff to the newly remodeled space, Kuhn gave a '50s Halloween party.
"They came dressed in '50s costumes; we had a Mouseketeer, a soda jerk, a couple of 'Pink Ladies' and, of course, there were a lot of 'Dannys' in black jackets and white T-shirts."
Upon entering Kuhn's home of 29 years, visitors get no hint of the doo-wop basement hidden below. The main floor's soft palette, antiques and the gleaming kitchen are all current with today's design aesthetic.
Doug Wilson, her contractor, worked on many parts of the house before tackling the basement. The living room's cozy coffered ceiling reminds her of her childhood home off Loudon Heights Road. Built-in bookcases with a modern gas fireplace fill one side of the living room. Kuhn always wanted a craftsman-style home, and so she "eyeballed" a design for her porch and Wilson created a stacked stone facade and craftsman columns.
A former resident had added the basement after the house was built.
"He was an engineer, and he had it dug out," Kuhn explained. Steel columns were needed to support the house above. Wilson boxed in those round columns and Kuhn painted them turquoise, but the walls are white, allowing the basement room to seem spacious.
Kuhn, a fan of HGTV, has done a lot of the work on her home.
"They call me 'Roberta Vila' at my office," she said, referring to the popular television handyman. "If something needs to be fixed, they just ask me."
But when it comes to the basement, it was Kuhn's son-in-law, Chris, who asked the $64,000 question.
"Who knew she could redo a '50s-style basement and make it cozy?"
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.