Our basement was partially finished when we moved in. The other half of the basement had a laundry area, a storage area, and a workshop.
Right after we moved in we pulled up the old carpet in the finished half of the basement and had laminate flooring put down. And then this spring we went on vacation and a pipe broke and we came home to a flooded basement. All of the flooring had to be thrown out and the drywall had to be cut where it got wet. After a week of some heavy-duty fans, the basement was dry.
We decided we were going to redo the entire basement and add some additional rooms. I wanted a playroom for our son and since we have another baby on the way we need some extra room. Currently my husband’s office is upstairs next to our bedroom. I want to make that room the nursery for the new baby so we decided to add an office as well as a guest room in the basement.
So the plan for the basement was to add a playroom, office, guest bedroom, half bathroom, laundry room, and to keep the workshop as is.
In the playroom, we decided to take out the two poles in the middle of the room. In order to do that, a steel beam had to be custom-made and installed since the poles were load bearing. We also decided to add a walk-in closet to hopefully try to keep toys organized. The other major thing we did in the playroom was move the stair case back. Originally, you couldn’t make it down the stairs if you are tall without ducking. The first time we looked at the house my husband hit his head going down the stairs.
On the other side of the basement that was originally unfinished, we added three new rooms plus a laundry area. An office, guest bedroom, and half bathroom were all added.
Once all the rooms were framed and sheet rocked, we needed to choose paint colors. I always find this to be difficult. I usually know what color family I want for a room but once you start looking at all the samples it’s so hard to pick the exact color you like. Is this too dark? Is this too green? Am I going to hate this once it’s on the wall? You know how it goes. These are the colors we finally decided on. They are all Benjamin Moore.
Playroom – Bird’s Egg
Bathroom- Ocean Spray
Guest Bedroom – Sage Tint
Office – Ashen Tan
Hallway & Laundry Area – Sidewalk Gray
For the floor in the bathroom we chose tiles that look like wood flooring and the other rooms were all done in a dark walnut laminate floor. We decided to carpet the stairs so it wouldn’t be so noisy when people were walking up and down.
It took about 5 weeks but it’s finally finished!
Now that construction is finished it’s time for my favorite part….Decorating! Stay tuned for the final basement reveal.