Basement Renovation Progress

After Andy built out the walls on our basement a lot needed to happen. We had a plumber and electrician come in to install new outlets and move the plumbing – and whatever else it was they did down there that required big checks. I’m sure it’s all worth it 😉 Then we did what only the most experienced DIYers do – we brought in professionals to do the drywall! Praise the Lord! I can confidently say that was worth every single penny.

With new drywall the basement was starting to take shape. Andy began what I refer to as “the worst project ever.” One weekend while I was away he and a friend installed [built? assembled?] our stone accent wall. It was messy. It was back-breaking. I helped for a mere three hours and pretty much whined the entire time. But now that it’s done, I love how it looks!

Pardon the mess…

Basement Stone Wall

Each stone had to be placed and adhered individually. So you can imagine.

Stone Wall Closeup

After the wall mess was cleaned up Andy spent the next weekend installing a cork floor. Why cork? Well, we originally considered doing it in other areas of our house [but am glad we didn’t] so we. Cork is warm, reasonably priced and easy to install yourself. It feels soft under your feet and will be easy to maintain.

Basement cork floor

After that was complete Andy moved the washer and dryer to their new home and moved the cabinets that had been waiting patiently in our garage to their new homes. These cabinets are in the laundry room.

Laundry room cabinets

The cabinets in the picture below will be part of the main room of the basement. We will buy a fridge to go between the cabinets and the sump pump closet. We’ll install granite and a sink. The cabinets will mainly be used for storage.

basement cabinets

Here’s a look at the laundry room. So exciting, right 😉Basement laundry roomThere is lots of work to come. Installing a drop ceiling, building shelving. This project is far from over but it is exciting to see the vision coming to fruition!



Making a Multi-Purpose Basement Space

In my last post [nearly two months ago…whoopsies] I introduced our basement renovation project. You might think that two months later we’d be done! Hahahaha…no.

Other than our kitchen renovation I think this is our biggest undertaking. It has been a massive and complex project to try to maximize our partial basement. When we first started talking about redoing it Andy wanted that home theater. I was more focused on storage and usability. As much as I hate doing laundry, the laundry room needed to be there too, and ideally be more functional. We also wanted to create an additional “hang out” space. Sound travels in our house due to the open floor plan and wood floors. So having a spot in the basement where our friends can hang out or in the future we can be and the kids can be sleeping upstairs was essential.

I touched upon the demolition in the last post. After we cleared out all the trash Andy got to work building out the walls to our new basement.

Here is coming down the stairs.

basement renovationOne of the challenges to most basements is they were created to be utilitarian. Meaning they often house your furnace, water heater, sump pump, etc. In order to disguise our sump pump Andy built a closet. You can see the door open below. We found a great deal on Angies List for a brand new sump pump. Now the sump pump will be easily accessible when we need to check it, but hidden from view. Perfect solution!

basement renovation sump pump closet

The other challenge was what to do with the laundry room. We decided that the space that the washer and dryer were in was not really going to be usable otherwise so we kept everything there. Andy built walls to enclose it. I was concerned about feeling claustrophobic so he left a very large opening and is planning on doing some kind of sliding door.

basement renovation laundry room

Tomorrow I’ll show you where we are today. Get ready, it’s a big jump!