I absolutely love creating and transforming spaces into something magical. Our latest project is the dreaded basement. I will help lead you through some important steps to get you to your intended goal. This is not for a complete renovation or remodel, taking an unfinished basement to a finished one. Rather, it is working with the space you have, whether finished or unfinished.
What is your space
Before you can go any further, what basement room/s are you focusing on? Start small and then build from there. Don’t try to do it all at once!
Analyze your space
What do you need your space for? Kids Playroom? Teen Lounge? Office? Storage? A place to hide from your family? Laundry?
Figure out what is most needed and most important. In this case, we want a great functional playspace for our kids that will carry them through the years.
I love all the incredible ideas out there, but I find myself getting stuck. How do I justify to my husband that I would like to build a tree house in the basement? And not just any treehouse, an eco-friendly treehouse that is made out of discarded Christmas trees?! How do I explain that it would be really cool to have a slide that starts on the second floor of the house (much like the traditional laundry shoot) and opens up in the basement into a giant ball pen. Or a pirate ship that has a putting area for mini golf. I love all these ideas! But really? The kids are only young for so long. Is it worth the investment? And I don’t think our preteen would enjoy showing off theJake and the Neverland Pirates ship to his buds for years to come. But I must admit, I am a little partial to the slide idea…
Steps when analyzing your space:
Here is a brief list to get your wheels turning:
contemporary, classic, whimsical, traditional, minimalist, retro, country, etc.
warm, cozy, soft, hard, linear, flat, fresh, open
dark, deep, bright, bold, soft, light, neutral
relaxation, play, bar, social hour, games, entertainment, sanctuary, reading nook
Step 1: What?
Step 2: Analyze
Step 3: Coming up….
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