The majority of our basement space is finished (walled and carpeted) and in fair/good condition. Most of the finished basement is used as a kids’ playroom. There is also a laundry, a small office/bedroom, a small bathroom with a sink and tub (no toilet). The staircase is walled and confining and breaks the open area in half. There are closets underneath stairs that also take up space and are seldom used. The unfinished area has a workbench for small projects and is mainly used for storage. The unfinished area also holds the oil furnace, hot water heater, etc.
The overall condition of the basement is fair/good; however, the functionality of the space is inefficient and does not meet the family’s wants and needs.
As a family with two active teenagers, we have outgrown our basement space as it is currently configured. The space currently used as the kids’ playroom is narrow and confining with things we don’t use (a wet bar). It has a fireplace hearth which isn’t working, but could perhaps fit a gas fireplace. The office/bedroom is too small for a workout room that we envision. Although the bathroom has a sink and tub, it has no toilet and is never used. The laundry room has some shelving and closet space, but is an inefficient use of space and storage. The unfinished part of the basement is not used efficiently. We would like to potentially finish a portion of the unfinished space to get more usage out of that area.
Finally, as with any basement, the lighting is poor and due to the water drainage, it is prone to water damage if the sump pump doesn’t work. Note that the sump pump is a separate issue and we do not expect to solve that with the renovation.
We envision an open multi-functional basement where the family can relax and watch a movie, play a game or the teenagers can do homework or just hang out with friends. Because we are also active, we would like to greatly expand the workout space that could hold a treadmill or two, a stationary bike, an area for weights including a bench, a stretching/yoga area, and maybe even a wall that can be used for lacrosse ball rebounding.
We would also like the space to be functional and include an area for laundry with its own ample storage and an additional larger area for storage (seasonal furniture, Christmas and Halloween decorations, etc.) We would like to use the unfinished portion of the basement more effectively. We do not need a bathroom in the basement. We also do not need a nice workbench area as we are not handy around the house. What workbench we have can remain in the unfinished area.
We envision a casual open space with big, comfortable furniture for playing games, watching TV and relaxing. We would like the laundry and storage areas walled off, but much of the basement open and accessible. We are presently thinking of a Pergo floor throughout with area rugs; however, we are open to new ideas.
We would like ideas and concepts and we intend on executing the project in the next few months. Because we don’t think this project is not all that difficult, the designer does not need to be on site.
I would like the designer to be aware of the supporting beams in our basement. We have them marked in our diagram. We understand that it is possible to potentially to take a support or two possibly removed and braced with a beam, but we don’t want a design that has the expectation of removing all the supports which we don’t think is possible. We would also like to keep our existing fireplace, but install a gas stove in its place. With that said, we would be willing to consider getting rid of the fireplace if that interrupted the design of the space. We will need to install a new zone of forced hot water to the basement for heat.
Note that there are certain areas where the current piping (water, septic) causes certain indentations in the basement where there are 1 ½ foot areas that can’t be used. It is our expectation that these areas will have to remain as they are.
We would like the designer to consider green eco-friendly design where appropriate, but this is not a priority.
A layout is all that is needed, taking into account supports with potentially a support or two possibly removed and braced with a beam.