Monday, July 2, 2012

The Basement Remodel, Part 4: The Built-Ins

The basement project has taken over most of the first half of 2012 for us.  We're still working on final details, like things on the walls, but there has been quite a change already!  Check out Parts 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to see what I mean. 

I think these built-ins actually took the most time out of anything we did, even building new walls, but they turned out even better than we imagined. :)

The "plans" were literally drawn by me, quite roughly, on a sheet of notebook paper and then we improvised as we went along.

To me, this space was screaming for something like this.  We had the bulkhead that made a perfect spot for a television, a small space to the right for shelving and then just made the same size shelving on the left.

I wish I could provide some kind of tutorial for this, but there really isn't one.  We were winging it the entire time and just thankful that it turned out so well.  I'm not joking when I say winging it.  Ryan was originally going to build the doors himself, but we LUCKED out when I found some ready-made doors at Menards that actually fit our openings.

Everything is built out of 3/4" MDF.  The 3/4" probably wasn't necessary, but we wanted something quite sturdy.  It is built on a base made out of 2x4s.

Just as a refresher, this is what we were dealing with before, a whole lotta nothing:

And after :)

You can see here how the middle section is a little deeper than the bookshelves. 

We had an electrician wire the television, soundbar and all of the other cables that run down to the little cubbies.

I am beyond thrilled with the final product and with all of the soon-to-be organized storage we have.  Space for board games!  Space for those pesky DVDs!  Extra toy storage! 

I'm in love.

Now, I just need to get some fun stuff on those shelves!

I'm linking up:

DIY Show Off
Home Stories A2Z
Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures
TDC Before and After


Colleen said...

Love it!! So spacious and you are going to have so much storage space for all that stuff.

Gina said...

Super fantastic! Love love love it!!

Gina said...

What camera are you using? your pictures are so clear!

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Thanks gals!

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Gina, I use a Nikon D40. It's 3+ years old, but still does a great job!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Very nice built ins Laura. What great storage space. Stopping by from Debbiedoo's newbie party.

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Thanks Pam!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my goodness this is just gorgeous, can't believe you just "winged" it! I'll be fearuing it next week.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Featuring that is :)

Angie said...

That is gorgeous! Everything looks so fresh and clean. I am really digging the stripes on the wall, too. I found you through the newbie stop over and say 'hi' if ya get a chance!

Hugs, Angie
Sandals & Daisies

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Thanks Angie!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

WOW! Your new area looks amazing! You did a great job sketching those out -- beautiful!! And I LOVE all the Storage!!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Totally in love with these and putting them on my facebook page right now!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great built ins. Hard to believe y'all just winged it.

Rashed Khan said...

I’m really like it! Very, very dgdeeac good!
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