I’m still excited about the end result even if it’s taking forever. Our basement has been a work in progress for the past three months. Originally, we were told 6 weeks but I knew it would be longer. I’m not pressed. I’m all about quality.
We have been in our home for 10 months and it feels good to renovate early on. We have made several corporate moves, and the renovations were always completed in order to sell our house. This time, we actually get to enjoy it and there is no move on the horizon. I’m very excited about that.
Our basement was partly finished with a modest size family room area and a half bath. The rest of the space was unfinished. Our new floor plan will have an open family room area with a bar, bedroom, theater room and full bath. The basement is about 1700 square feet, so it’s a fairly decent size. We are working with a contractor and maybe he’d be closer to being finished if I stopped adding stuff. I see it as my opportunity to get it just the way I want it. I pick everything out, which is the fun part for me. I have a vision for the space.
Here are a few photos to show the progression.
This is the finished area. We moved all the junk from the unfinished area to this area. Believe it or not, this is only a small portion of the junk. My best friend from Atlanta came to visit for spring break and we took two days and went through every box, threw stuff away and donated as much as we could. Who does that? My ace, my homegirl who always has my back. Love her to pieces.
The framing begins. Our contractor used metal studs instead of wood.
The wall was removed and we can see clear through to the unfinished side of the basement. Our basement is shaped like the letter T. The theater room is to the left and the bedroom is to the right.
My contractor really outdid himself by framing an old ugly gray metal pole, and making it look like the other pole in the finished area. See the old pole smack dab in the middle of the room in the photo above.
The dry wall is up and the walls have been primed. The wood trim is completed along with the electrical wiring. I’m standing in front of the bedroom door taking this photo. The theater is straight ahead through the doors.
We also expanded the half bath to include a shower. We had to knock down a wall to make room for the shower. I’m pleased with my tile choice. We even added a border to give it some character. The frame of the shower door is oil rubbed bronze like the fixtures. I was considering the sleek look of a frameless shower door but it was a bit too pricey. I still have to buy furniture and the list goes on.
The new vanity looks great. We had extra tile, so why not use it. It still needs to be grouted. The bathroom is being painted today. You can enter the bathroom from the family room area or the bedroom. That was my husband’s idea. Good thinking. Voila! It’s a bedroom suite.
This is our theater room. It’s not a huge space but nice and cozy. I had to come up with a neutral color scheme since my husband is all about the theater room. I may never see him again after this room is done. He is even creating a built-in beverage center including a refrigerator (in the far corner).
The color scheme for the basement is blue and taupe. Here’s a glimpse of the taupe and blue contrast. I love it! The family room color is Truly Taupe by Sherwin-Williams. The blue is Open Seas by Sherwin-Williams.
Yes, I chose the same color blue for the bedroom as well. Call me lazy. The bedroom is L shaped. It’s large enough to have a sitting area at the other end of the room. This photo is a poor representation of the size of this room. I’ll do better next time.
This is an alcove in the family room area. A large flat screen television will be mounted in the center of the alcove. I thought about built ins here but I’m so ready to be done, maybe later. I’m going to find a really nice long entertainment cabinet for this space for now.
This is another alcove area in the basement that was just unused space. We decided to create a bar area. We purchased unfinished cabinets so that we can stain the bar and cabinets the same color. My contractor and I were going to do the staining but I’m not feeling it. Buying unfinished cabinets is a definite savings. I may ask my painter to handle this, we’ll see. We will also be moving the bar closer to the cabinets. My husband thinks the space in between the cabinets and the bar is too wide. He was out of town when it was being built. Go figure!
All in all this experience has been a blessing. There are times when I want to complain but something in me just won’t allow it. There are people in the world who are really suffering.
I’m so happy I get to create a nice functional space for my family to enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed my basement tour. I’m looking forward to sharing the final reveal.
Peace and Blessings,