Basement Questions and Tour

Most of you know that we're finishing the basement in our house. However, a few major questions keep coming up, and I realized I've never really explained the reasons for our plan in detail. These are the answers to some of the questions I've gotten - let me know if you have any more!

Why are you finishing the basement in your house?

Mainly we decided to put the money into finishing the basement because it will double our square footage and add value to our house. We live in a raised ranch home - meaning that we have a walk-out basement, but the main living rooms and bedrooms are upstairs. Most homes in the mountains are like that.

When we bought the house the basement was roughed in to be finished, but there were no walls up or anything down there - so when you walked into our house through the basement door it just looked like it was still under construction. Now that we have the basement nearly finished, we will have a four bedroom/two bathroom house(well, one room is technically an office, but we'll be using it as a nursery)instead of a two bedroom/one bathroom house. We also have another family room space down there.

If we ever sell this house in the future, it will go for a lot more than we bought it for, even considering the money we've put into it, so we think it's a good investment.


Why are you moving into the basement?

When I refer to "moving into the basement", I mean that we'll be moving our bedroom down there. One of the bedrooms we built down there is much more spacious than the one we're living in now, so it'll just be nice to have more space.

Plus, once we finish the second bathroom (which will be a few more months, probably), it'll be our "master bathroom" - with a nice big tub! Unfortunately we weren't able to connect the bathroom to the "master bedroom", just because of the way we had to lay out the rooms, but it'll still feel like our "master bathroom/bedroom" to me anyway.

The nursery will be across the hall from our new bedroom as well, which works out nicely, because I wouldn't want to be upstairs with my baby downstairs or visa versa.

We'll still be using the upstairs as well, so we aren't moving everything into the basement - just our bedroom.


What are you going to do with the upstairs?

The upstairs will still hold our kitchen and main living area. The two bedrooms will be turned into a spare room (so if any of you blog friends decide to visit me, there will be a room for you!) and an office/library. Derek may be working from home one day a week next year, and he'll need a quiet place to work, so he's going to turn the one bedroom into an office. At least until we have more kiddies and eventually need it for a bedroom, but it will probably be several years before we get to that point.

I'm not allowed to touch the office - Derek is going to set it up and decorate it exactly how he wants it. I think that's fair, considering that before we got married we originally talked about Derek having decorating rights to the basement once we finished it - which he graciously handed over to me now that it's actually happening. So the office is his territory. Though I'll probably have to take him shopping so that he'll actually get it decorated, but he gets full creative license with that room. I think he'll do a good job - he has good taste!

Basically our house will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living room areas, a kitchen and laundry room, and an office when all is said and done.


Okay, enough about all that (though if there are more unanswered questions, leave me a comment). Now on to the video tour! We took this right before we left for a coffee date, and the camera was about to die, so we were kind of rushed. And I'm afraid it's not the best quality, because the camera was rather fuzzy and I didn't realize it until later. But you can at least get a peek . . .

Basement Tour from Callie on Vimeo.



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Kristin said...

I love love LOVE this post! The basement looks great and the video is awesome. Thanks for posting! I love the paint colors.

Emily P. said...

It looks really great!

Anne said...

The basement looks great! I can't wait to see it all decorated.

Chloƫ said...

Ahh I get it now! Very cool! Loved the video...everything is going to be so gorgeous!

And I also love that you have a spare bedroom for me for when I come to visit. How thoughtful! :]

Kara @ KSS said...

Haha your video is so cute. And the basement looks so nice!!!

Just out of curiosity...what are you going to do when you need some "private time" and your little boy or his friends or any company can look through your glass bedroom doors and see everything?

Rebecca Louise. said...

It looks brilliant!!!

Kristin said...

Lookin' good! LOVE the color you chose for your bedroom. So soothing and pretty :-). Like the new blog makeover too...so classy! Happy Wednesday to you.

Becca said...

WoO-Hoo!

Go you. That's a big project but have fun!

Amber Hansen said...

Love the new bedroom paint color! It looks great!

And I'm jealous of the snow sitting outside ;)

Jessie Szmanda said...

I have no sound on my computer, BUT that looks absolutely fantastic! I love it!

Megan said...

Such a fun tour & so fun to get to know you better through your video tour! The basement is lovely!

Jennifer said...

I bet it's so nice! I couldn't watch the video, my internet connection is pretty slow. :(

Melanie said...

Love your video!! Your basement looks amazing! Those french doors really make the entrace-way to the master bedroom too! I love your color choices for the walls too..subtle but pretty!

Rachel and John said...

I had to watch it without sound (At work) but I LOVE the green of your bedroom! Plus your nursery has a nice ledge all the way around. I love that too!

Sarah Louise said...

What a beautiful space! I love the layout, and the french doors leading into you bedroom!

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