In one of the earlier posts I went over our basement inspirations. We had some general ideas of what we wanted to do, but were also very open to making decisions when all the demo was done so that we can truly assess the possibilities and see the space better. Image below is of our basement layout starting point. During this renovation we have focused on the shaded area only as we have previously renovated on our own area on the right.
In the image below we were looking at the following options:
- create cabinetry and built in desks on our wall facing backyard creating some storage and allowing kids to have area for homework.
- create small bar area
- mask the support post by attaching fireplace (that you can see through from both sides) and have TV on the other side
- arrange furniture on the wall facing the front entry where we would have about 10x17 ft of space
This next image is of a variation of version 1 by not creating L shaped cabinetry to allow for bar area but making this part of one big line on the wall looking at backyard.
Next image is of another version we considered - where one side of the basement would remain the same as in version 1, while the other side would have a different set up:
- use laundry/utility room wall to add fireplace and TV plus some built-in bookshelves (or built in look-alikes)
- leave the support post as is
- idea with this version was to maximize the open space by not adding any walls attached to the support post plus allowing furniture arrangement another foot or two by not closing it off by another wall like in version 1.
- also, arraigning furniture to look towards laundry room wall allowed for more space between sofa(s) and TV giving additional space for play and being able to move farther away from big TV.