After weeks of planning, and what turned out to be months of construction, our basement is finally ready to occupy. If you’ve been following along on this renovation journey, you know that back in early May we set out to create a family TV and entertaining area. With a few obstacles, combined with summer holiday trade schedules, our timeline seemed to expand. But, as of this week, we are finally able to make use of the space.
Remember what we started with? It was basically an open space to store everything from hockey equipment to Christmas decorations. It was also where my teenage son and his friends would hang out (reluctantly). Definitely not the most welcoming area in the house!
I don’t think we have anything to feel guilty about anymore. Somehow I think the basement may be preferred over our upstairs family room! Here’s a shot of the newly added closet that fit perfectly between those two support posts.
As you may remember, we wanted to fully utilize the area to the left of the stairwell and decided to create a storage room.
We added double doors to allow for easy access to our treadmill and large storage tubs.
We also wanted to optimize the space under the stairwell.
We managed to fit a small snack bar equipped with a beverage fridge and cabinets for glasses, snacks and other entertaining essentials. (As you can see, we still need to add a kick plate to the bottom cabinet.)
Although we decided not to add a bedroom and bathroom at this time, we finished the hallway in case someone decides to in the future. Leaving the hallway open from the media room also helps expand the space.
It also gave us somewhere to add an extra vacuum outlet and hide duct work.
Considering my husband and son’s love of watching sports, as well as enjoying the full movie experience as a family, the media wall was important to get right.
After deciding on a Bose sound system, we opted to have the speakers recessed in small niches, as I didn’t want them protruding. We also integrated all the wiring (since exposed wires are a big eye sore). We chose a dark paint color to help the TV blend in a little better. (As you can see, we need a cabinet below to house all the electronics!)
With only one window in the media room, we tried to expand it as much as possible.
The entire surround and trim were painted out in the same off-white used throughout the basement.
The stairwell really needed some brightening and softening.
After painting the walls and trim soft colors and adding plush rug throughout, it sets a better tone for what’s to come. (I can’t wait to paint out that oak trim!)
Finally, any light fixture would be an improvement to what we had before the renovation.
To bring a touch of nostalgia, we added an antique nickel prism glass fixture which mimics the reeded glass in our cabinet doors. I plan on replacing the current bulb with a vintage reproduction filament bulb.
Remaining on our list is installing the marble mosaic backsplash. It isn’t anything we have done before, but I’m told it’s quite simple. If you have any advice, I welcome it!
Next we will be furnishing and decorating the space. I have gathered a few goodies already and I’ll be updating the process as we go along.
Thanks for all your support and cheerleading through this process!