As I hear clanging and banging coming from the basement, it’s a good sign for me. We’ve been planning our basement renovation for several months now and it’s finally underway. Yesterday everything was mapped out on the floor and the rest of the week will be framing, with the electrical work starting on Monday.
Although we’ve put a lot of thought in to the design, there are always obstacles that come up in any renovation. I’ve already had to make some quick decisions about door placement and exactly how high we want the flat screen TV mounted on the wall. With my husband being away on business this week, I’m feeling a little pressure and I’m crossing my fingers that it will be in the right spot.
One feature we want in the media room is a snack bar (similar to a wet bar, but without the sink). We decided the best place for it is within the niche below the stairs and it will serve as a place to store a few snacks, some glasses, bowls and beverages. We’ve decided to install a stainless steel beverage fridge (which I’ve already changed from my previous basement post as I didn’t like the quality when I took it out of the box), as well as a base cabinet with a drawer and door. What we’re still determining is whether or not we want open shelving up top or a cabinet with double glass doors. This will influence the placement of the lighting as well, to either overhead or under cabinet.
Here are some photos I’ve pulled inspiration from:
I love the cabinet paint color, as well as the backsplash of this wet bar configuration shown above via Decor Pad.
If we decide to go with glass door uppers, I may paint the cabinet interiors a pop of color like these via Better Homes and Gardens.
Or perhaps we’ll do a classic white cabinet scheme similar to this one via Houzz.
I adore the look of open shelving in this photo from House Beautiful, but I question how practical it will be. Do I really want to add more dusting to our weekly routine? Is it worth it?
The space under the stairs only measures about 37″ wide, so the configuration is limited. Here is a pre-construction photo.
As you can see it needs a lot of work, but with some cabinets, a beautiful backsplash, solid surface countertop and lighting, I think it will really transform.
What do you think? Would you do a closed cabinet up top with glass doors or opt for open shelving? I’d love to have your input, as this is one more decision I have to make asap!
I’m off to my niece’s graduation later today, so I’ll see you next week. Enjoy your weekend and have a beautiful Mother’s Day!