Although we’ve only completed the framing and rough-in electrical work of our basement renovation, I can get a pretty good sense of how the rooms are going to look. We’ve made some adjustments along the way, but careful planning beforehand has definitely paid off. Our original plan looked something like this sketch below. (I will post a new sketch with the revisions at another time, but this at least gives you a sense of our basement layout.)
The entire room that you see at the bottom of the stairs will be our media room. The wall to the left is where we will mount our TV and speakers. We’ve added extra support for the mounting bracket and created boxes to recess the speakers. In addition, all the wiring has been integrated to keep it hidden once drywall goes up.
Our electrician has installed a tube in the wall leading to the connections for the TV down to those for the PVR, gaming device and DVD player. These electronics will all be housed in a media console.
The small area to the right of the stairs is a niche created by the top portion of the wrap-around. This is where our snack bar (aka non-wet wet bar) will be, including a beverage fridge and cabinets.
We also had a recessed light installed directly in front of the upper cabinets.
Directly beside the snack bar will be the entrance leading to our storage area. Originally we were going to install a regular door, but we quickly realized that moving the treadmill, as well as larger items in and out of the room would be a challenge. We decided to frame for double doors instead.
They will look something like these double shaker style closet doors below.
A few other features of the framing and electrical work in the media room included a closet, recessed fixtures in the ceiling, additional outlets and heating vents.
The next stage of the process will be installing the sound barrier and insulation in the ceiling and then on to drywall. I’m looking forward to the peace and quiet!
Thanks for following our journey!