Finally over. We worked hard but I think we succeeded. A good idea for those who want to change the basement. I did it to be more comfortable and comfortable. Alternative areas are the right choice for anyone who wants to do everything in one place..The construction phase Four under opened by putting out new exit window. we got the permissions and we started to work officially. There were cracks, many heating channels to move and attach, cement to crack and wash. Then, the framing was about to install, wrap and seal electrical installations. This time the drywall is over. We are all molding, priming, paint, sealing etc. we acted in finishing work. and also other shortcomings have been fixed. and the end is over. I’m sure you’il like it. It was so much fun for the basement.
A finished basement has many advantages and a lot of people choose to finish their basement in order to add living space for their growing family, entertaining guests or as a hangout area.
Basement is also very important for a comfortable life. And you should think about the inner details.
With simple concepts that create a comfortable space, you can turn your basement into a truly fashionable spot within the home.
Wallpaper, furniture, flooring, chandeliers create an unlikely and distinctive atmosphere.
That’s an old bunkbed ladder that some dear friends gave us. It sits in holes to hold it steady, but leaves it so we can remove it when moving furniture down or slide it up into the hole if we don’t want small kids to use it. We have two sets of stairs going upstairs and this set had this wonderful empty space. We really had to search the internet for a tube slide that would fit between some tricky beams and poles. My determined engineer husband twisted the top section and added an extension piece and made what I call “the death drop slide.” It’s very steep at the start, making it fast (perfect for our kids!) It does a zig-zag and comes out gently downstairs (you’ll see in a minute.)
Needless to say, there was a line at the slide the whole night of our party! And, yes, the adults can slide too and they do too!!
As you turn the corner of this landing, you can see down the next set of stairs to the actual basement.
Straight ahead it the bathroom, to the left are the two bedrooms and to your right the main room.
If you turn to your right, this is what you see:
Here is MY favorite part of the basement, the bookshelves! I have always wanted a library for our whole family’s books. We had a pipe that had to be soffited along this wall, so it made a perfect place for built-ins. I pulled out a bunch of pictures of what I thought would work and my husband built it!
We found some lovely, wide crown moulding and some fluted trim at Habitat REstore (if you have a Habitat for Humanity REstore near you, you ought to check it out! The prices are amazing!) Since this was going to be a long wall of shelves, we divided it up into thirds and bumped out the center section to add visual interest.
Here you can see the almost-complete exit for the slide. We still have a bit of mudding to the trim area and touch up to complete that. We slanted the wall leading into the main room to make a nice, wide entrance to the room. The door lends access to the slide and should someone want to remove the slide, it would be easily done and leave a nice storage closet behind.
You must notice the biggest drawback to the slide- the piles of socks! After a few rides down, the kids end up shedding their socks so they can climb up the slide, leaving me with a constant pile of socks down there! Oh well.
We threw down some furniture we had and I’ve since found the perfect smaller-sized sectional. I plan on slipcovering it and those red chairs with dropcloth.
I found the cabinet sitting by someone’s trash on garbage day and brought her home. I fixed her up, added some cute paper to the inside and it made the perfect media stand. The DVD player and Wii fit beautifully inside and I don’t have to look at it! We chose this wall to place the TV on because I didn’t want the TV to be the focal point of the room as you walk in. We did add extra wiring in the bookshelf wall in case someone should ever want to mount the TV over there.
The kids also love the swing from Ikea. We reinforced some boards between beams and marked the spot before we drywalled the ceiling. The air hockey table was a $60 score at a garage sale a few years ago and the $10 foosball wasn’t out of reach either!
A quick subject highlighting some of the steps involved in finishing a Basement from start to finish.
I pulled together a collection of posters, maps and prints from a few places we’ve traveled to. My handy-dandy mat cutter made it easy to use some old frames from Goodwill and a few standard, cheap frames to frame the artwork.
I found this huge clock for a measley $5 at a garage sale and the old door pediment was also in someone’s trash (yup, no self-respect!)
Here’s a close-up of the moulding treatment we chose.
This is looking into our storage room just past the swing (which is nice because if a long-legged kid is swinging, we open the door to the storage room and the door doesn’t get kicked to bits.) We still kept a good sized store room for all our “stuff” and space to work on projects. We’re still working on making it neater and adding another shelf.
A small, unfinished basement has been completely converted into a multifunctional family room with TV area, guest room, games area, bathroom and laundry room.
Alright, this is heading back towards the stairs and the rooms.
It was a big project, but it taught our whole family how to do things on their own and how satisfied they are. Thank you for patiently reading me…