After Karah invited me to join the challenge, I started thinking about some of the daunting goals I have for our house. Some things unfortunately had to be eliminated - like concrete countertops (because they won't set right if pour them in the winter) and gutting the bathrooms (which still requires some serious money saving first). So I narrowed down my list to things that can be done in the frozen tundra for next to nothing. And I found my winner. Enter - my basement. While we still have a long list of projects to tackle down there, one big, super annoying, put off for far too long project to tackle...is the junk. Boy oh boy. A years worth of random I-don't-know-where-to-put-this-so-I'll-throw-it-down-there stuff in unorganized piles. But besides the junk I'm going a little bit further. I want this to be a functional, liveable space that we can go ahead and use even though it's not totally finished. I want to figure out what kind of layout we want down there, get things organized where I want them, and find ways to divide up the space. And whatever we use needs to be basement friendly because it is definitely possible to get water down there during storms. Here is a rough layout of the basement:
Here's what we need down there when it's all said and done:
- laundry area that looks nice or is hidden
- bar & living space
- craft/game table & storage
- long term storage for baby clothes & seasonal items
- permanent storage for tools
- pantry area
- space dividers to keep storage out of site from living area
I have a few ideas for how to pull all this off. I would love to do enclosed storage units (like below) to keep everything hidden, but that's not in the budget right now.
basement storage & ideas - via Young House Love
I have a few industrial type shelving units down there for now so I need to find a way to hide them from view since they are out in the open. So I'm thinking about doing some kind of space divider to section the storage off from the living space. Maybe a solid wall?
this divider won't work for our basement, but it is SO cool - via pinterest
Or maybe I'll hang curtains to separate the spaces.
curtain dividers -via pinterest
Or hang curtains just in front of the shelves instead of blocking off a whole section.
Or use pallets to divide the space, which would be cheap and easy!
pallet wall via pinterest
I would love to dress up the laundry area like this and leave it open to the rest of the basement.
And of course we want to generally spiff up the space, maybe something like this:
basement design idea - via Pinterest
So I have big goals, but for now I'm working with what I have to get things just organized and liveable. I'll keep you posted and let you know if I get it done this month! Do you have any impossibility to tackle?