Tuesday, July 19, 2005

the basement "before" photos

Sensitive persons are strongly advised to stop looking RIGHT NOW! It's messy. It's ugly. But it wouldn't be a great "before" photo set-up if it was all nice and beautiful.
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This one shows the wall where I will put up my massive storage shelves. These are 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide and will hold a significant portion of my yarn stash.

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This one shows the wall that my two knitting machines will sit against. I'm having the electrician run a line of outlets along here at about 40 inches off the floor. I might paint the ugly fake panelling, but haven't got a lot of enthusiasm for that idea right now. I will probably mount wall standards above for extra shelving here, which will cover a lot of the panelling.

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This chaotic corner will have my worktable on the wall to the left, under the wall-mounted shelves. My sewing machine and serger will go on this table.

The part you can't see, is that I'll use a floor to ceiling bookshelf to make a half-wall across the open area. This will help keep kids out of my stuff. Also, on the other half, we're going to bring our TV and all the extras down from the living room and probably buy a loveseat and some chairs (pray to St.Vincent on that one). We also need to work out a way to hide all the board games that are taking over and get all the extra toys out of the living room. It's a big project.

I'm reflecting on that famous quote from William Morris. "Have nothing in your house except that which you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I may have skewed it, but that's the gist of it. That, and "Less is more," are my new words to live by.

8 comments:

rincaro said...

I like that quote. And I have an office like that. I have grand plans to make part of it into my knitting nook.

HappyPiranha said...

One of the drawbacks of living here (South Florida) - no basements . . . unless you want a swampy indoor pool LOL. I envy you your basement workspace! But I think if I had that much space, I'd be in serious stash accumulation.

Leslie said...

Wow, that's a big project, but you'll surely enjoy the space once it's finished. I feel so much better when things are organized. Good luck!

katmeow said...

Elizabeth-
Congrats on starting your basement remodeling! Anyone who can get over the anxiety of just THINKING about remodeling deserves a congrat. Heh. Sounds like it will look amazing, and have lots of storage. I love storage! I love how almost every home in Madison has a basement. I have one too that my other half wants so badly to remodel into his office/rec room, but it sure will be a pain in the butt to get internet cables down there. So....good luck on your remodeling, and I can't wait for after photos!

Elizabeth said...

If you look at the top photo, you can see our network hub and DSL modem sitting on a stereo speaker. So getting internet down there isn't a challenge for us! I think my husband snaked along heating ducts to reach the rest of the house.

I am going to try to do some painting over the weekend. The wall will look so much better painted white.

katmeow said...

oO yes...white would be nice. very...um...beachhouse-y. i never know the real decorating style names... :P This weekend, I'm having the significant other try to sneak the wires down to the basement! I hope it works....

hotknits said...

Looks about the right amount of messy to me for a basement! I can really envision it, and I am sure it will be great! Have you tried looking at Ikea for some sort of storage for the board games? A big ottoman/coffee table with open shelves underneath might work. I can see it in my head- a big revolving cube with floor to top shelves on every side- and they always have what I can see and at fairly reasonable prices. Prayers for finding loveseat and chairs.

katmeow said...

i got so inspired by your pics that i told my boyfriend about how your husband re-routed your internet cables. then i made him promise to look into. and today...he did. and got it done!!! woot! so thanks for the tip, and thanks for the lil kick in the butt i needed to give BF a lil kick in the butt to get it done already. :)