Newly finished basement!
We FINALLY are just about done with our basement renovation project. Our contractor started late last winter and finished in the spring. It's taken us this long to paint it ourselves (a huge job--it's about 900 sq. feet, and we had to prime everything, paint ceilings, walls, trim, and tons of doors--we're also new to painting so weren't so speedy). We recently finished putting down carpet tiles.
Here's what's down there: 2 main rooms, a large playroom, and a media/guest room. They are divided by two sets of pocket doors. Each set of doors is comprised of two 3' doors. So there is a total of 12' that can be either open or closed off. The pocket doors and pocket door walls that they tuck behind also hide two structural posts. The pocket doors and the other door to the media room are solid to help sound proof.
Ceilings are drywall--we like the clean look. Since the house is new construction, we had a lot of height to work with, and the contactor was able to bring the ceiling height below the heat runs to create a flat ceiling (nothing boxed except in the stairwell.
The little built-in was created from a niche that was already there. The cabinet was special ordered from HD--brand is Premier. The bulletin board was made by the contractor to cover a door he put up over an electrical panel. I hated how the door looked, so I had the idea to cover it with cork. Below it is my kids' art table and chairs. Sofas in the play room are old and can be climbed on, lol. We still need more toy storage--are looking for a unit to fit on a wall without baseboard heating (probably the wall by the stairs).
The sofa in the media room turns into a king bed. It's super comfy, as it has no bars and the mattress is foam. The sofa is by AU furniture, the "child" company to American Leather. They make a great product. IMO, they are the best sleepers out there.
The t.v. is a 46" Sony rear projection t.v. It's roughly 3 years old (bought before flat screen prices really started coming down). Because it's really deep, the contractor built a drywall enclosure for it--basically, the walls where the shelving units are are built out 6 inches so that the t.v. can be recessed and not stick out so much. DH bought good audio equipment and had thick speaker wire strung behind the walls--music is his thing.
The fridge niche could handle a bigger fridge, but we might not have been able to get it down the stairs. In fact, the entire sofa had to be taken apart, and our green play room sofas may be stuck down there now!
The bathroom's cabinetry is also by Premiere. Counter top is silestone from ecounters.com. Shower tile is Daltile from Home Depot. The toilet is Toto and the faucets are Kohler Forte.
Carpet tiles (Tesserae Spectrum by Miliken) are throughout the whole basement. We installed them ourselves. We are debating whether we should pull them up and put a sealer on the concrete floor. DH found something that's actually approved for concrete floors (a different brand than Drylock which doesn't appear to be recommended for basement floors). The carpet tiles were a bit of a task for such a large area. It was challenging to cut through the thick pad, and we had a lot of cuts to make around edges and doors. The overall look is pretty good. We notice some seams, but they aren't awful and may vacuum out over time.
We are still needing to decorate--are thinking of framed movie posters for the media room, and neduia some child-friendly art on the playroom side. And nice pillows for the media room couch.
Thanks for looking.