When we moved into this house just before Christmas last December, one of the things that I said was “we don’t need the space, but that basement needs to be finished at some point”. Well about 3 or 4 months later, we realized we needed the space. My husband is self employed and works from home often. Up until now, he has been working in what should be our dining room area on the main floor. Which is fine, because we are not really using the space at this time. The problem is that when he is on conference calls, the entire house has to be quiet, so the people on the call don’t hear us
fighting talking. So we started getting quotes to get just a room finished in the basement to make into his office and we quickly realized it would make more sense to finish the entire space (minus the bathroom). So, I decided to be the project manager on the reno and hire the different trades. We decided to take out permits for a finished basement, and let me tell ya, building code for a new basement is complicated. Add in a strike at city hall, and this reno has gone for on 7 months now. But I can see the end. The electrical inspection has passed, the HVAC and insulation has passed and plumbing has passed. I just need to get inspectors back after all is said and done to close off permits. My goal is to have space ready by Christmas!
So that takes us to now, this is what the basement looks like.
Get ready for the ugly pictures… cause it will make the after so much sweeter.
This is what I look at everyday when I wake up. Such a pretty sight isn’t it? That board is there to stop the dog and cat from going down and tracking drywall dust everywhere.
Looking down the stairs into hubby’s future office (and hopefully my little craft corner). That green tape is there so that the drywall guy knows he has to sand that spot.
My craft corner in hubby’s office (that door leads to cold room). Debating on changing door to a six panel door or leaving it as is. What do you think?
Other side of craft area, which will hubby’s office.
Around the corner from stairs. Future wet bar on left (where paint cans are), door to future bathroom, bedroom, and Media room.
The spare bedroom. This room needed to have the window changed out to be an egress window to meet building code. They did not have to cut into structure of house, only cut down to double the length of window, so we didn’t need a permit for the window itself.
Our break panel is located in the bedroom. I will need to figure out how to hide that and still make it accessible.
Media room. This room is huge! Trying to figure out where to place the furniture so that the TV is by the window or on the wall behind where the couch is. I need to figure out soon, because where ever the t.v., the wall colour will be darker to make it an accent wall.
Just outside Media room is a space that we will be adding a wet bar to. We will be adding a small beverage fridge here too.
So far this reno has involved a framing guy, window installer, electricians, plumbers for wet bar, HVAC guys, insulation installers, Drywall installers, and taping and mudding guys. That’s a lot of guys creating a mess down there. And my check book is about to get a workout when all the invoices start arriving.
I have drywall guys coming today to sand a few spots, I’m starting the priming of the ceilings and walls, and all electrical is scheduled for tomorrow. First week of November I have someone coming to install all the doors. I’m hoping to have flooring done in November too. I will be installing all the trim and painting all the walls myself before flooring is installed. Can you hear my arms screaming already?
My goal is to have the space completely finished before Christmas. I would love to have the bathroom done as well, but we are not sure whether it will wait until next year. I’m tired of renovation chaos.
Have you ever done a complete basement renovation? Any tips?
BASEMENT PROJECT LIST:
Finish the electrical – install spotlights and light fixtures
Prime ceiling and walls
Paint ceiling and walls
Add doors to office, future bathroom, bedroom
Make enclosure to hide breaker panel
Instal Wet bar area
Install flooring throughout
Install trim after flooring is done
Decorate!! (the fun part) (Follow me on Pinterest to see what inspiration I’ve been Pinning)