Our Basement Renovation {Part One}

This week I’ve been finalizing the plans for our basement renovation. When we purchased our home 8 years ago, it was unfinished and we didn’t have any intention of doing much with it. Over the years it has mainly served as a place for storage, somewhere to hold my work table for messy projects, a place to work out (sadly, not very often) and the occasional mini sticks game.

As time has gone by and my son has become older, the need for more room in our home has grown. When we decorated our upstairs family room about 6 years ago, my son and his friends were small. Fast forward 6 years and we now have 16 and 17 year old ‘men’ walking around the house and the noise that comes with them is astonishing! (I’m not sure how it happened, but all of his friends are 6’2″ and up. That takes up a lot of space!) Finishing the basement (or at least part of it) seems like the right solution. I don’t know about you, but as a teenager I loved having friends over to watch movies and having a space for us all to crash.

Over the years the main room at the bottom of the stairs has become somewhat of a hangout anyway. As new furniture was purchased for other parts of our home, the old stuff made its way to the basement. Currently there’s an old TV, stand, floor pillows, lamp, side table, and a large area rug. It has all served a purpose, but it’s time to create a proper hangout space.

Throughout the renovation in the coming weeks, I’ll be documenting the entire process. Topics will range anywhere from selecting doors and trim, to paint colors, to flooring, to furniture and accessories. I know it’s going to require a lot of work and decision making, but I know it will be worth it in the end! Here are some lovely pictures of basement family rooms I have found as a source of inspiration:

Sarah Richardson Red and Grey Family RoomSarah Richardson via HGTV

Basement Renovation- Sarah RichardsonSarah Richardson Design

Sarah Richardson Basement RenovationSarah Richardson Design

Candice Olson Basement Renovation Candice Olson via HGTV

Candice Olson Basement RenovationCandice Olson via HGTV

Candice Olson Basement RenovationCandice Olson via HGTV

There are certain elements I like from each of these rooms and will be incorporating them into our basement design. Ultimately we want it to be a warm and cozy space to watch movies and sports, host the occasional get together and a place for my son to hang out with his friends.

What about you- do you have a space in your home that’s perfect for hanging out? Do you have any suggestions for creating a teenager proof space? I’d love your input!


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  1. Sharon says

    We’re just in the process of de-cluttering so that we can start a plan for our basement too. I can’t wrap my mind around how it’s going to work until we get rid of all this stuff!

    • says

      That was our first step too. I couldn’t believe how much stuff came out of our basement. The thrift store got a pretty hefty load! Good luck with your renovation. Let me know how it goes!

  2. says

    You have the perfect inspiration photos to start with!  I sometimes wish I had a basement… everything here in Nor Cal is on concrete slab!  Good luck with the reno… can’t wait to see it come together!  And I will follow with Linky… Thinking I my need to change to it also!

  3. says

    I think that that first Candice Olson basement design with orange brick walls is a nice look if you are searching for a concept. Its very cozy and warm. I think your teenage kids will love it!

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