Oct 12, 2012

basement update tour...

I haven't posted about the basement for a while. Everything is still a work in progress but let me show you some updated photos. It's been a little more lived in (i.e. decorated) and is definitely being enjoyed.

Here is a before just to jog your memory...
Upon entering the basement you are at the bottom of these stairs. There used to be a doorways at the top of them. The doorway was removed in order to create a more welcoming space which flowed with the rest of the house.


The far wall contains the built ins we made with six pieces from the IKEA Hemnes line. They are definitely the main attraction of the room with an incredible amount of storage as well as display areas.







At the opposite wall is the play area with a huge closet for the toys. And since this is the pretty tour, I will not be showing you the inside of that black hole. Even though the area is the designated play area, it doesn't scream it. As my children grow this area will grow with them. 




To the right of the play area, near the stairs is the laundry room. I'm still waiting to install a shelf in there running the width of the room so for now it is in design limbo. 



It has been such an easy area to decorate. The board and batten walls add so much character on their own. In this case simplicity is best. Adding too much would create such a busy looking space and take away from the architectural interest. 

So, what do you think?

31 comments:

  1. This looks amazing Christina!!!! love it!

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  2. Dropping by from HomeTalk! That basement is incredible! Love the barn door, I have been thinking about doing that in my home as well. My husband is army and deployed until December so all of our home renovation projects will soon be going strong again! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. I think I'm in love! So clean but your pops of color and pattern add spice and even more visual interest. It's a space both kids and grownups would want to use . . . a huge success!

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  4. It seems a hard work but it is really worth it! It looks so peaceful now!
    Love, Olga

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  5. this is gorgeous! wow... what a transformation. love the walls, the sliding door and your "poufs". i have one of those in a guest room. great job!

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  6. I think it's fantastic! Is it possible to tell us the IKEA material costs? Always interesting to know!

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    1. This wall of built ins cost roughly $1,500, just for the IKEA pieces. Not included in that price is the molding we used to frame it in and create the look of one built in. I had priced built ins out just out of curiosity and was quoted four times that amount! The Hemnes is a great line in that the frames are wood. I measured out the width I had and was able to mix and match pieces until I got the look I wanted. I also bumped every piece forward since the tv bench stuck out a couple inches and I wanted it all flush.

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  7. What shade of yellow on the walls,love it

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    1. The board and batten area of the wall are bright white and the top section is Benjamin Moore Muslin, a great neutral!

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  8. Incredible taste you have...I love the "wall paper" and the doors...hardware...everything! Great job!

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  9. Wow...what a basement....just lovely!

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  10. Amazing! love the idea of one big closet for the kids stuff to keep things under control.

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  11. I'm wondering if you would mind sharing the budget/cost for the basement reno including all the necessary work to make it in to a livable space - we are wanting to do something similar (and love the architectural detail!!) and would like to get an idea of the 'realistic' cost rather than the quotes we receive... thanks again!

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    1. If you'd like to email me I can answer your questions for you. Happy to help!

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    2. I'd also like to ask about this budget and planning - how does one obtain your email address?. We have a similar basement/unfortunately low ceilings in an old bungalow 1800sq ft. - you've inspired me to look into it further. I found you here via link on your project featured on Houzz.

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  12. Wow! What a renovation! The board and batten and the barn door really warm up the space. It doesn't look anything like a basement...it looks so inviting!!

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  13. Where did you get the wall paper at the top of the stairs?

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    1. The wall treatment at the top of the stairs is actually a stencil. Here is the link to a post I wrote about it.

      http://www.no29design.com/2012/05/royal-design-studio-stencil-review.html

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  14. Do you have the tutorial on the bookcase? I love how you made the wall!!! Actually, the whole thing is just beautiful. Found you on "Hometalk" :)
    Hugs

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  15. If one wants this to be forever, one has to go for basement waterproofing, then search for paradise is over.

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  16. Your before picture looks exactly like my basement. I like what you did with the paneling and especially how you framed out the little window and opened up the stairwell. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. What color is the stain on your stairs?

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    1. The stain on the stairs was a mix of Minwax Classic Black and Walnut. I was working with two different colored floors above and below the stairs so I mixed until I got a shade the matched both.

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  18. Wow. This is gorgeous! I love how light and bright everything is, and the board and batten everywhere is beautiful!

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  19. Gorgeous job! I'm wondering if you were able to use real wood on the floor or if it's something different. You must be very happy with the room. It's beautiful!

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    1. The flooring is Allure TrafficMaster vinyl flooring which looks like wood. We have had water issues in the past so I felt safer going this route. We love it!

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  20. I also am as impressed as everyone else here and was wondering what the more realistic costs were. Love love love ur taste. How do I find ur email

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  21. Would love a more realistic quote on ur costs. Absolutely love love love ur taste

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  22. Hi Christina- It looks beautiful! I love the IKEA built ins! Was it easy to match the white of the trims to the white of the IKEA pieces? There are so many shades of white!

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  23. Hi Christina- It looks beautiful! I love the IKEA built ins! Was it easy to match the white of the trims to the white of the IKEA pieces? There are so many shades of white!

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    1. I had the built in as well as the walls and trim sprayed all the same color once the project was complete. That way everything is the same white, Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White. I agree, lots of whites to choose from out there!

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