First though...a little background. When we bought our home several years ago it was a 1966 ranch that we pretty much took down to the basement foundation and rebuilt. We wanted to be in a certain school district and in a certain area, but finding a house we loved was tough so instead we took on a major project. We loved the property. It felt like we were in the middle of no where, but we are literally minutes away from everything. There is a small creek running through the property, right beside the house, so we had to keep the existing foundation during the rebuild. If you walked in our front door you'd think everything was new and for the most part it is.
However, the basement still looks like 1966. It's like a deep, dark dungeon that we didn't use except for storage. And when I say storage, I mean all of the stuff we never needed, but held onto just because we had the space to store it. Before we could get started on the basement we had to tackle cleaning it out. We moved a bunch of shelves to the garage so I could store all of my holiday decorations and other things we were keeping. The rest of it we either donated or tossed at the dump. We had SO much stuff down there. Teaching supplies I hadn't used in 10 years, old furniture, a pressure washer that had NEVER worked in the time we owned it...just so much stuff.
I'm lucky that the Mr. is really handy and he also is very knowledgeable about construction and design so he drew out our plans for the basement and with a little feedback from me he finalized the layout.
When we were first getting started I did what I always do when I have a home project to make decisions about. I consult my favorite design source...Pinterest! When we were building our house a few years ago I had so many people ask me if I had a designer to help me, but I didn't. I always tell people who are building or remodeling to use my method. I pinned a bunch of things I liked or that caught my eye and then looked for a trend in what I had pinned. For example, when we were picking out things for the kitchen I looked at my Kitchen Pinterest board and saw that I loved a certain type of cabinet, a certain style of tile back splash, a wooden counter top, etc. I printed off pictures, took them with me to the design appointments with those vendors and tried to recreate what I saw in the pictures I had pinned.
For this basement project I'm basically doing the same thing. We're planning to have a kitchen/bar area, a tv space, a workout room, bathroom and bedroom so I've been pinning things for those spaces. Here's some of the trends that I've narrowed down in all of my pins that I just love and plan to incorporate in one way or another!
I blame Chip and Joanna for my love of shiplap, but it adds such interesting detail and I just love the look of it. I really love any unique paneling, woodwork, trim and shiplap falls into that category for me. Anything besides just plain ole drywall gives me big heart eyes!
While I'd love to do a fun color on the cabinets in the basement, I'm leaning towards an off-white like we have in our kitchen just because I feel like it is pretty classic and will last with the times. However, we plan on having a very large island in the basement so I'm hoping to do something fun with it. Maybe a different color or some interesting details on it?! I really wanted an X on the end of our island in the kitchen, but it just didn't work out so I'm hoping to do that for the basement. Love all of these details!
Another thing I really wanted in our house that we couldn't work in anywhere were barn doors. I'm literally obsessed and love them so much. I think we have the perfect space for them in the basement so I can't wait!
One of the main reasons we ended up rebuilding our house instead of our original plan to renovate was the low ceiling heights in the original home. Tall ceilings just make everything seem so much more open, but we won't have that option in the basement. The ceilings are 1966 low so I'm going to be doing everything I can to trick the eye into thinking they are higher than they are. One of the big things is to keep everything neutral. I plan to paint the walls and ceilings the same light color, keep the furniture and accessories pretty neutral.
These are obviously just some of the many ideas floating around in my head and there is no telling if we'll be able to do them all, but I'm really hopeful! I want this space to be inviting and comfortable for our family and our guests because I see it as the place where we will do a lot of entertaining. I'm excited to share the progress with anyone who is interested in following along!
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