Personal Basement Project: The Plan and Before Pics
Now that it’s cooling off, we’re focusing our attention on inside projects. And by we, I mean I’ve been obsessively thinking about finishing the basement so I can have a bigger office and a non-creepy laundry room! Ryan talks about it here and there, but he doesn’t understand how happy this project will make me. When looking for houses, a basement with high ceilings that didn’t get water was a priority for us because we knew eventually I’d need a bigger office. The previous owner installed french drains right before we closed (woo-hoo!) and we’ve lived here a year and thankfully haven’t gotten any water. We wanted to live here a bit, during a few big storms to test the system out.
We live in a center hall colonial, so our basement is broken up into 3 rooms: the laundry room/utility room, the main space, and a small storage room. Here’s the plan:
This space is pretty big and has pretty high ceilings for a basement. We’re going to remove the fluorescent lighting and install recessed lighting, and we’ll have to have a minor soffit around the perimeter for pipes. It’s an old house and we don’t want to mess with the plumbing. We have baseboard heat down there too which is a bonus!
I want to have a long desk along the back wall, with pin boards above. I can use this to create fabric schemes, instead of having inspiring fabrics get lost in the shuffle. I’m working on a desk design now, but it will be simple: lateral file storage below and shelving on each far side.
I need a huge table to lay out papers, especially for presentations. I’m a very visual person so I need to have things laid out to ensure everything stays organized and completed on time.
This picture is looking towards “closed sample storage” on the plan.
This picture is looking towards the laundry room entrance.
This picture was from when we first moved in so it is not as clean. The fancy bar from the previous owners has since been removed and replaced with several boxes of samples for projects. This view is looking towards my soon-to-be desk. We’re hoping to frame and close in the crawlspace access since we don’t need it.
The creepy, dungeon-like laundry room:
I hate this room so much. The layout doesn’t make sense, most of the lights don’t work, and the slop sink was broken. We removed that last month finally and it was extremely heavy to haul up the stairs. (Thankfully I didn’t have to do it. :) I’ve always dreamed of having a bright, clean laundry room that was organized and a happy place to do chores. This room will probably be phase 2 of the basement project, but I wanted to have the plans in place.
Looking towards the laundry area. Boo.
Utility area when we first moved in. The boiler was a BEAST. This picture doesn’t do it justice because it was about as tall as I am and so heavy. It took a year to finally get a guy who was willing to remove it. Thankfully, our basement now looks like this below:
Ryan works for an HVAC supplier, so we got this fancy equipment for an awesome price. I don’t know what any of it does, but every man that comes into our basement is impressed by it. Wait, that sounds weird… it’s not like I have lots of men hang out in my creepy basement. Anyway… How bout that fancy interior designer cat litter box?! haha.
This is area will hopefully eventually be our laundry area. We have plumbing on that side and it’s room enough to have a large hanging bar for drying clothes. I hardly dry anything so I’d love to have a space to hang clothes.
I’ll do a separate post with the inspiration images and furniture I hope to use since this post is getting wordy and my son is waking up from his nap… gotta’ love cold season and sick days…