Our basement renovation is starting soon, and I’m under pressure to make some final decisions. See what they are and weigh in!
How was your weekend? Mine flew by and I cannot believe it’s Monday already!
On Saturday, my husband and I went and checked out some of the new showhomes that opened up in town in an area called Mountain View. Sounds beautiful, but the lots that are currently available don’t have what you’d call a mountain view. Those lots won’t be available until a later phase.
We also drove through the mud to check out a series of new acreage lots just outside of town that have recently opened up. Many of these have beautiful views and certainly piqued our interest. We definitely have a lot to think about!
Back to the current task at hand…
While we were going through homes, I was also looking for ideas for finishing our basement. Construction is going to start in one week, and we still have a few decisions to make.
I’m still determining whether we want a completely smooth ceiling or a knock-down texture. I have been advised that smooth ceilings show every mark (from fingers, balls, etc.). Although I like the look, I’m worried about the maintenance. I think I’m willing to chance it and I figure if it works for Sarah Richardson, it will for me. (Hopefully my teenage son and his friends will take it easy!)
I’m also not sure what type of carpet I’d like to install. Unfortunately our basement doesn’t have heated floors or I’d probably go with a solid surface floor instead.
I’m leaning towards a patterned low-pile mix of loop and cut. I want to select something that is family-friendly and resilient, but also doesn’t show footprints like so many carpets do. Any suggestions?
Budget-Friendly Beverage Cooler
One thing we did make a decision on yesterday was the beverage cooler for the snack bar area. I have been sourcing one for a while, and it seems like there aren’t very many options available in a mid-price range. Many wine/beverage coolers at a lower price point come in a stainless look rather than true stainless steel. I wasn’t willing to bend on this aspect, but I didn’t want to pay $600-1200, which seems to be the going price. Because it’s a family room, I also wanted something that holds both cans and bottles.
Luckily I found a new one made by Cuisinart. I’m crossing my fingers I will like it once we take it out of the box. (Update- we ended up returning this one and purchased the Kenmore Elite beverage cooler from Sears instead.)
This week I’d like to make a decision on the sectional sofa as well since it will likely take 8 weeks for it to arrive. I have it narrowed down to a few selections and I’m going to weigh in on it later this week.
Do you have any home improvement decisions you’re toiling over at the moment? Do you have any suggestions for my basement renovation? I’d love your input!
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Enjoy the rest of your week!