Friday, March 21, 2014

Big Plans for the Basement

Construction on our basement finally started this week and I'm in the midst of finalizing paint colors, materials and a design scheme. If you missed the story of the great flood of 2014, you can read about it here. But long story short, a particularly epic cold streak this winter caused one of our water pipes to burst, flooding our entire basement. Thankfully we have excellent homeowner's insurance, and not only are they bringing the basement back to it's former pre-flood glory, they're also allowing us to add extra insulation to the walls so this sort of thing doesn't happen again. I'm having the best time conceptualizing the new space, and am getting a bit weepy about the fact that we'll only get to enjoy it for a short time before we move to Boston. But it's fun to daydream about our future buyers and the awkward struggles they'll have with house guests who will come for a short visit and then refuse to leave because the in-law suite will be that great! ;-)


There's nothing I love more than natural materials, and I'm very excited to incorporate them into the basement redesign. I'm waiting to hear back from our contractors on whether or not we can install butcher block countertops like these. There may be an issue with using wood because of our induction stovetop. We may have to choose a stone countertop instead, in which case I'm really hoping we can get honed granite or soapstone. Either will be beautiful, so I'm trying not to get too attached to the wood countertops. If we go with the stone I'd love to add a floating wood shelf where the wire rack is in the photo below (if we get the wood, I'll still add a shelf, but it will be white.)

basement before we moved in
There are ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and bathroom area that will stay put, but for the rest of the basement, we're hoping to install wall to wall seagrass:

Seagrass is durable, non-absorbant, and really good looking. The only downside I can see is that it's not the softest underfoot. I'm planning to throw down a large area rug to show potential buyers who are thinking of using the basement as a kid's play area (as the previous owners did) that rugs look beautiful layered over seagrass. Right now I'm looking at these three rugs, all of which I know we can take with us and use in whatever space we end up in Boston:

We're keeping the walls a nice crisp white to let the countertops, art, furniture, and accessories really pop. My design scheme is very simple... using mostly what we have, and maybe buying one or two new objects I've had on my wish list FOREVER. You may recognize a few from previous posts! 

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I'm so glad this project is finally underway and I can't wait to share the progress with you. Here's what the kitchen area looks like right now:

It's all uphill from here.

Have a great weekend!

xo Christine