Sunday, February 12, 2017

Basement Bathroom Reveal

The basement bathroom has gone through multiple phases since we bought the house. It started as space that was totally open to the rest of the basement, but at least the plumbing was in place.
During the many months when the first floor was out of commission we used it as a temporary kitchen.
It then became my office
But eventually we were able to turn it into an actual, functional bathroom.
Most of the items in this bathroom were clearance finds or leftover from other projects, but they actually work together pretty well. Though not my favorite layout it is clean, bright and feels spacious.
Luke and I love the shower tile.  It's has a glossy, easy to clean surface and the vertical orientation should keep the grout lines from holding water.  Luke started finding excuses to shower down here even before the bathroom was finished.
I think we need a cabinet over the toilet for storage. I've been keeping my eyes out for the right one but it will be hard to find one that matches the vanity. For now we don't need the storage so we'll live without.
Next up the basement bedrooms, they've been  90% finished for months now.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Family Room Before and After

When we bought the house the basement was classified as unfinished. The previous owners had made a haphazard effort to convert some of it into living space, but the carpentry was so bad that you would have to be drunk to consider it livable. From what we have heard about the previous owners drunk was probably how the work was done. Anyway, this space at the bottom of the stairs was used as two bedrooms; one directly in front of you and the other through the door to the left.
We moved the bedrooms to the far corner of the basement so they could share an egress window well and used the two bedrooms as one large media room.
The tray ceiling hides the pipes for the radiant floor heat and also distracts the eye from the beam running down the middle of the room. While we needed the tray in in one spot for practical reasons running it all the way around the room created a nice visual effect.
The basement stays comfortably warm from the radiant heat for the 1st floor but we also added a gas fireplace. The ambiance is nice and it also gives us a backup source of heat if we lose power.
Because this space is primary for watching movies we painted the ceiling a dark color to keep the tv screen from reflecting on the ceiling. Dimmable wall sconces also make for easy viewing.
We kept the hallway ceiling at the same height as the tray ceiling. It provides a visual distinction between the hallway and the media space.