Basement Family Room Reno

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Project by Calmudgeon posted 06-03-2018 01:37 PM 1041 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second in a series documenting our basement reno; the first was the laundry room.

To recap – flooded in 2010, then took seven years to tackle a reno, which ended up being a gut. I took a year off doing work for others to complete this project for ourselves.

Cabinets are all cherry. These photos were taken before it had aged much. As may be evident, storage was a priority in this reno, as we eliminated a storage/junk room in the process (the area that now houses the exercise equipment and bar area.)

We’re not big entertainers, but we did want an area to mix a drink or pour a glass of wine; hence the fridge, bar sink and so on.

The recessed area along the fireplace wall houses a murphy bed. We have two other spare bedrooms, so we didn’t need another dedicated bedroom, but thought this would be a good option for spill-over if we had more company. If I had it to do over again, I’d build out the murphy bed to be flush with the other cabinetry and put a bookcase/headboard behind it, but as this was my first go at one, I was reluctant to get too creative. The units on either side of the murphy bed have closet rods, should some future family every need to use this space as a bedroom.

We contracted out the drywall and the gas fitting. Everything else we did ourselves.

The window in the bar/exercise area is new, replacing a much smaller unit. It’s position tight to the cabinetry was dictated by exterior considerations.

The recessed drawer unit with 30” slides (second-last picture) is tucked under the front door landing of our bi-level, making the best possible use of the otherwise awkward space. There’s a similar unit on the other side of the landing, opening into a bedroom.

There are still a number of stand-alone items that need to be built to complete this area: a bookcase, some proper end tables and a craft desk for the corner by the recessed drawer unit, but as it stands, it’s now quite livable. For decades, we never made proper use of this area of the house, and now, this is where we spend our evenings. The gas fireplace makes it quite cozy in the winter, and it’s nice and cool in the summer heat (we don’t have AC).

Anyway, thanks for looking. As always, constructive criticism welcome.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#1 posted 06-03-2018 03:25 PM

Very, very nice looking.

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#2 posted 06-03-2018 05:44 PM

Impressive use of space. Well done! Alot of time no doubt but the end result is worth it.

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