Here is another overdue post. The basement has been fully functional since July. There were some finishing touches that we only recently completed, so I was waiting for that before doing the “reveal” post. We have been using the basement regularly since July though and I can tell you, it is awesome.
In my last post, we had just completed putting the lament wood floors down. We needed to complete the moulding in the laundry room. We did that next before installing the utility sink in the laundry room. A little plumbing was needed to hook everything up, but all in all, it went smoothly.
After the sink was installed, the majority of the basement was complete. We had the carpet guys come and install the carpet in the second half of the basement. We already had the TV hooked up and a new couch. We went to IKEA and got a media stand that Jim figured out how to install against the wall (so it is “floating”). Jim also worked on installing his heavy punching bag to hang from the ceiling so that it would be as quiet as possible while he worked out. Once all of these things were finished, we took a few months off.
The finishing touches had to do with the railing and guard rail by the stairs. We needed to install a railing on one side and guard rail on the half wall. Jim didn’t want nails to show on the railing and it took some time to figure out the best way to install the guard rail. This is part of the reason we didn’t finish it right away – the other part was the laziness of summer. Installing the long railing wasn’t too difficult and just required a lot of measuring and some painting.
After much debate, Jim decided to use screws to install the guard rail. He decided to drill a large hole before the screw, so that he could cover up the screw by placing a wood cover over the hole. It worked even better than we could have imagined. The guard rail went up securely and there were no visible screws anywhere.
Now what you have all been waiting for…the reveal!!
The basement is bright, new, and a place you want to spend time in now! I did not do a full reveal of the laundry room because there are still things we need to finish in there that are not high priority (drop ceiling, closet doors, closet racks, etc). Once we get around to it, I will do a new post just for the laundry room. I also want to give credit where credit is due – in May, Jim became very motivated to finish the basement. This was about the same time that we found out I was pregnant. While I struggled through first trimester exhaustion and nausea, Jim spent many hours working alone in the basement. We are a team through our DIY projects but Jim really picked up all of my slack towards the end of this project. He is so talented and amazing, it is not surprising we ended up with such an incredible result!