Basement Brainstorming

December 23, 2010   //  Posted in: Basement   //  By: Emily   //  Leave a comment
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Here's the wall of tools that's been in my dining room for 7 months.The wheels have been turnin’ over here.

I’ve been living with tool bags and tool boxes along the wall in my dining room since the deck construction began in June. It’s looked something like this pic to the left. Now that the deck (and the pergolas!) are completely done, we’re trying to figure out a great way to store the tools in the basement. I had lucked out over the summer, finding a set of hardwood cabinets in someone’s trash – I stacked them against a wall in the basement and they’ve served as pretty good storage, but for bigger things (the saws, the drills, the sanders, oh, all of the levels, nail guns, and boxes of nails, we’ve decided to come up with a way to make some more storage space in the basement.

Yes, it probably involves more demo and more construction. Smile.

Here’s the current layout of the basement (another brought to you by floorplanner.com). It’s a fully-open area with a big brick column in the center (the base of the fireplace). The walls are all cinder block, and the floor is cement; it has some minor signs of water damage, but I’ve never seen water down there myself (except when the washer drain was on the fritz, all my fault). New glass block windows were installed (read more about that here!), so it’s much brighter during the day than ever before.

A floor plan of the basement. The washer, dryer, a hefty double-cement sink, water heater, furnace, and a small table are in the southeast corner (the top left of the floorplan), and in the northeast corner, a framed (not yet dry walled) half-bath (I use the term very loosely) was installed by previous owners. Here are some of the before photos (yes, it’s messy):

  • View from the base of the stairs - "bathroom" to the left, base of the fireplace in the center.
  • Southeast corner with the washer, dryer, and sink.
  • Here's the framed (but not finished) basement. Sink, toilet, lighting.

Stay tuned for our plan. (The idea’s still being birthed.)

P.S. If you want to see the floorplans for the upper two stories of the house, check them out here.

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