Finishing the Basement: Done! (Well, Mostly)

We have finally made it! The fastest renovation in history. While we aren’t completely finished (I will break that down at the end), it is done to the point where it is usable and contractors aren’t in our home every day. Sources linked at the end. So without further ado, the (mostly) finished basement!

Also, keep in mind that any decorating or furniture is simply placed there at this point. It is not decorated or complete in that aspect, merely finished. Mostly. Sorry, without further ado…

The view coming in from the garage. I still smile every time I walk through the door!

Turning slightly to the left. Where that giant TV is, I would like to put a smaller one and a full length mirror. This was the TV we had in the living room in our old house, but we upgraded when we moved in. So if anyone wants a giant TV, let me know 😉 You can see some of the workout equipment found a home in that little nook under the stairs. While that won’t be their home forever, it is nice to have them out of the way until we actually set up the workout area.

Here’s a little closeup of that under-the-stairs nook, sans equipment. Super cute, right?

I am picturing a ton of pillows, books, and some other toys for the kids when they want to hang out with me while I am working out.

This is the view standing in the guest room looking out. That little storage unit is a placeholder until my uncle installs our built-ins (praise hands!). I am picturing a storage closet on the left and right of that bump out, with a bench and cubbies in between. Check out my Pinterest board for the basement to see what I am brainstorming! I picture all our kid shoes and jackets (the kid stuff is out of control!), winter gear, and sporting equipment having a nice, organized home here. Eventually.

Now turning slightly to the right, standing in the guest room doorway. That is the door that goes out to the garage. I am planning on putting a treadmill in the corner, maybe a spin bike and a weight rack on the right wall.

Looking at the garage door, stairs to the first floor on your right. The built-ins would be on your left here. Can you picture it? My mind is racing with the potential!

You can see the area where the built-ins will go a little better here. (Pardon the orange. Not at all how it is in person!)

Now onto the guest room! This was taken before the trim was done or I mopped. But you get the gist.

We actually fit a queen bed in here! It is tight, but it fits AND we got two small nightstands. I can’t wait to show you more! That door there is the closet/AC unit.

Because of the tight squeeze, picture taking is difficult. Here is my attempt at an angle where you can see the other side of the room.

Onto the office! This is the room on the other side of the stairs. This is the hallway, with the office behind you. The door directly ahead is the water pump. Having the door there would give us easy access to change the filters and turn the water on/off if needed. The door on the left is where the mechanicals and storage is. I will spare you the horror of seeing that room. It needs some major work… We installed an oversized door so we can easily move in/out bigger object if needed.

If you did a 180 degree turn, here you are, in the office! Again, not styled, so don’t judge. Do you spot anything new? Maybe a WINDOW?! This was one addition I was adamant about adding, and I am glad I stuck to my guns. It lets in so much natural light! Since Marcus uses the office daily, it was important for him to have actual daylight. If you are ever considering adding a window, just do it. You will never regret adding more light!

This is the view if you walked into the room and turned around. This acts as a second guest room (hey, pull out couch!) so safety wise, I liked the idea of having a window for a quick exit in case of emergency.

Standing further back. You can see this is actually a pretty good size room! With the couch pulled out (because of course we had to break it in the weekend it was finished! Told you we have guests over a lot!) it fits right up to the desk. Of course you can move the desk back more, but we still have a little wiggle room which is nice.

We are almost done with the tour! If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. I am impressed! So remember how I said we aren’t completely finished? Well here’s one of the big ones. We still haven’t installed the stair treads. The walls in this hallway (and a few other areas) need to be finished a little better and painted again. It isn’t super noticeable, just something that I notice and will drive me nuts #perfectionist. 

Excuse the cute little assistant.

You can also see the mess of wires from the TV. Wires are my nemesis!

This is the view coming down the stairs. You can also see the mess in the basement before I cleaned for pictures. Real life, right? (Also, if you are reading this and recognize those shoes, they were left at Eloise’s party. Please claim them!).

And now you are on the first floor looking down! That mirror is coming down (poor placement if you are using the powder room and the door is open. Not that I know from experience. I have kids, ok? You are welcome for that visual) and I think I will do a couple picture ledges.

So that’s it! For now. We are so thrilled with how it came out! Obviously we still have a lot of work to do to button it up, and a long way to go in terms of decorating. But at this point we can pick away at it slowly instead of rushing to get it done. See below for sources! 

Items that needs to be done still:

Stair treads

Install handrail in stairway

Add new light in hallway

Add built ins

Switch out TV

Add mirror in gym area

Finish sanding/painting rough areas

Finish out closets

Add picture ledge leading up to office

Organize mechanical/storage area

Thanks for following along 🙂

As a side note, the colors are hard to show exactly as they are in person. The gray is the perfect gray with no purple or green undertones. The floor is a true brown with little orange influence.

Walls: Grey Owl, lightened 50% (colormatched in Behr)
Floors: Red River Hickory COREtec Laminate 
Doorknobs: Schlage Gregorian style in oil rubbed bronze  
Contractor: CR Ayers (603)553-0517 and as side note, yes, he is my uncle. But his work is phenomenal and reasonably priced! I highly recommend if you live in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts area.

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Finishing the Basement: Before Pictures and Plans

Two weeks into owning our new home, my husband looks at me during dinner. “Want to finish the basement off tonight?” Um, yes.

It was something that we were planning on having done, just the timing was never set in stone. Now is as good as time as ever! We actually really needed it done because Marcus works from home and with three kids under four, he needed an office way away from the noise. The house has a first floor office but we are using that as a playroom while the kids are young and noisy… We learned the hard way in our last home that kids on the same level as work does not go well!

So that night after the kids went to bed, we demo’d a small room that had been framed out and moved all our things into the unfinished portion of the basement and into the garage. What can I say, when we decide on something we get it done.

So this is what it looked like when everything was cleared out. Boring, I know. But at least you can see the general layout.

Stairs to the right of the frame, garage door to the left.

Same area, looking straight on.

View from the garage door looking in. Where you see the junk is where a wall will be for the mechanicals and storage.

Here’s a mockup of the basement. The little room on the top wall was the one we removed. If you’ve watched the progress over on Instagram I’ve shown a general layout of what we are going to do. 

 

You can see by our very official green lines of our anticipated layout. It has changed slightly since we physically laid it out, but not by much. Basically we are dividing the basement into four areas: office, guest room, workout/mudroom area, and mechanicals/storage.


We are undecided which room is going to be which at this point. I am team guest room on the right. My reasons are:

  1. More room for a bed
  2. More room for guests (which we have a lot) and the accompanying baggage that comes with them. So room for suitcases, crib for baby, etc.
  3. Because it will look better aesthetically…

Marcus wants the bigger room to be the office. His reasons are:

  1. He pays the mortgage so he should get the bigger room.

I mean I can totally see his point of view. So we will see where we end up 🙂 But I digress…

Now onto the cool stuff! Here is the space in 3D so you can really visualize the layout. Awesome, right? It isn’t perfect (there won’t be a wall in the stairs obs) but it’s close.

   

So that is part one. There is a lot more coming! Stay tuned 😉