Posts Tagged ‘Basement’

We introduced our plans for the basement bathroom here. After actually tearing the walls out, we found out that Plan A will not work :/ We were planning on having a doorless shower.Like the image below,you would walk past the glass panel to enter the shower from the left.

Shower Layout

After demo, we found that the entire width of the bathroom will be 7 ft, not wide enough for the glass and an entrance.

One to plan Beta.

We considered a two person shower the full width of the room. The door would have this layout.

Custom_Two_Panel_and_Frameless_Glass_Shower_Door_2009_051but the glass estimates (had to be custom at that width) were $1800 to $2100… our entire budget.

We also considered make the bathroom narrower. 5 by 8  is a very standard bathroom size, and that makes the bedroom 12 feet wide. Our new layout for the basement would be this:

Basement layout

But that would make the den cramped,and it’s the most-used room down there.

We decided to frame-in a standard 5 ft shower and leave the 20 inches to the right (next to the toilet) as a small storage area.

Basement bathroom layout

I’d like the storage to look as much like this as possible.

Bathroom Storage

After demo and modifying our plan, it’s time for procurement.

We got the floor tile, shower drain, and grout from the Tile Shop (40% off black Friday sale, yay)  The tile is porcelain 12 x 24  ‘Burma Negro’ at $3.89 a square foot. It was over budget,but it is super awesome. We spent $945 on the tile materials for both the bathroom and mudroom. 1/3 of that will be used in the bathroom. This picture is from the tile installed in a  mudroom at Fat Hydrangea blog with London Fog grout.Burma Negro Tile

We grabbed this sink (complete with faucet) off Craigslist for $100.

Kohler Sink

The mirrors (KOLJA,$20), lighting (BASISK, $20), and glass shelves (BAREN, $30) were picked up at IKEA.basisk-ceiling-track--spotlights__0138856_PE298668_S4

A rain shower head came from a local Homegoods-style store ($30):


And the ceiling light/vent  (Hunter/Ventura Exhaust Bathroom Fan) was $54 from


The shower door was our big-ticket item. We wanted a frameless pivot-door shower. The Dreamline SHDR-20597210S was $776.

Shower Door

Option B (Dreamline SHDR-21587610) was $542 after a handy 10% discount.


We chose the second, which was $542 beans at . We went about 10% over budget for the shower door, but we’re still doing great overall.

We still need the wall tile, shower pan materials, and miscellaneous hooks, plumbing, electrical outlets, etc. The shower pan materials will be at least a hundred dollars over budget, but that’s what that $345 buffer is for 🙂

Item budget spent
shower door 475 542
floor tile 320 285
sink 100 100
plumbing 100 35
ceiling vent 55 55
glass shelves 50 30
Mirrors 45 20
vanity light 30 20
Total 1175 1087
shower surround tile 500
tile materials 155
wall hooks,etc. 50
outlets, light switches, etc. 25
buffer 345
Total 2250

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Our basement is officially gutted.

We’re finishing this floor before we start on the kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs. This way, we can escape the remodel disaster zones and maintain slightly more sanity.

Here is the current layout:

basement layout current

And the intended layout:

New Basement Layout

We’re making some large changes, but we have our reasons 🙂

Reasons 1 & 2: Bedroom-caves

The two rooms down here are pretty useless. They need an egress window to be a legal bedroom.

Bedroom of Cave-ness

The plan is to combine the two rooms into one legal bedroom with a gigantic storage closet. Since we’re turning an upstairs bedroom into the master bath, this will keep our bedroom count at 4.

Reason 3: Terrible bathroom

As we talked about in this post, the bathroom has a terrible layout. Actually, the only thing I like about it is the adorably ugly sink.

Mini Sink

We’ll be removing the space-eating linen closet, and redoing the resulting 7.5 by 8 foot bathroom.

Reason 4: Utility looking room

We’ve introduced this project, also.

Utility Room

We’ll be covering the pipes and wires when possible, and upgrading the floor.

Reason 5: Wandering layout

The basement is currently split with this short hallway.Maze of Doors We’ll be opening the wall up to make the basement feel less cramped and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost in the maze.

Reason 6: It isn’t pretty

Spider Room

Brick linoleum and paneling is not my idea of a good time.

We started demo in the laundry room. Then we scratched our heads a bit about whether we were starting on the laundry room, the bathroom, or the entire basement. The only thing we used on this floor was our 35 year old dryer and it’s slightly younger pal. We decided to gut the whole floor, and hook the new washer and dryer up in their sad little concrete room full of pipes. At this point, that laundry room is frightful looking.Somehow, it looks worse

After making a mess with the laundry room, we realized that step 1 should have been removing all of our stuff. Whoops 🙂 A ton of it is being sold or donated, and we moved everything else upstairs into a spare bedroom. Just emptying out our junk took most of one day. Note to self: have less stuff .

Then we removed bits of the building 🙂  We listed the paneling, carpet, media cabinet and interior doors on Craigslist for free, and it was gone in a weekend. Someone actually paid us $50 for the carpet… even though it was free.

Less basement

Electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures were donated, and we knocked down the hallway wall and  linen closet. The only trash was the carpet pad, some linoleum, broken trim, and the shower.

Voila! Empty(ish) floor.

Empty Basement

After Demo came Discover. The best thing was this linoleum hiding coyly under the bathroom floor.Beatiful vintage find

I think I may keep it.

We also found 29 mice skeletons in one wall. That’s not an exaggeration; we counted. They had a lizard buddy hanging out too.

The less fun discoveries include water :{ Water seeps between the floor & concrete block in the laundry room.  That seam is easily fixed, but both corners of the basement  have seepage through the wall. Shucks

The adhesive on the floor looks like a puddle in that pic, but only the concrete bricks are damp. Coincidentally, that’s exactly where the gutters drain to. Our plan is to improve the gutter drainage, which should fix it. We’ll waterproof the interior corners as a back-up.

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Utility Room

We have an awesome laundry room. It’s huge, has a great sink, and tons of storage.

Laundry Room

Plus this nifty light.

Clothespin Light

But it also has exposed utility-ness. Everywhere. PS: that dryer works perfectly… and it’s 35 years old.

Washer Dryer Wall

Our goal is to make it look less utility cave, and more like this ridiculously beautiful room. Minus 90% of the budget that I’m sure this thing involved.

Luckily for the budget, we already purchased tile for this room and the basement bathroom, and the cabinets and sink will work just fine.

Priority #1 is to cover this wall. We’re going to frame it out about 4 inches and install drywall. That will make Things 1 and 3 flush with the wall (less wire art, yay). Plus, things 5-8 and thing 9 will be hidden. Thing 4 is getting removed; it’s an incorrectly installed inlet for a backup generator.

Wall of Things

Even after bumping the wall out 4 inches, Thing # 2 (The water pressure regulator) will stick out 4 or 5 inches. The water main shut-off requires access, so it will have a door. We’re planning to build the wall out a total of 12 inches there. It will be as wide as the counter.

Currently, a mess of pipes are hidden behind the washer and dryer Those pipes are priority #2 in operation cover-up.

The pipes are alive

Here’s a sketch from Floorplanner with our goal.

3D Sketch

In front of the pipe shenanigans, we will frame in a front-loading washer & dryer with a counter on top. We’ll put built-in storage ( possibly just two Ikea shelves) on the wall behind them. That will both cover the pipe explosion and give us more storage.

Luckily, we have a 4 ft bi-fold closet doors upstairs that we can use to block that lovely view into the utility closet.Cave of Darkness

Then I get to paint. Any room that I get the brown out of feels like victory 🙂

We already have the tile, the cabinets, and the bi-fold door. Here’s the rest of the budget:

2×4 Expedit Shelves for Built-in (2) 180
Counter tops 130
New cabinet pulls 50
Framing & drywall materials: 50
Paint 30
False cabinet for W/D 30
Plumbing/dryer vent/electrical 25
Overage 55
Total  $  550

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We have a tiny, tiny sink in the basement bathroom.

It has to be that tiny in order to fit past the awkwardly placed door.

However, once we remodel this bathroom (spoiler alert) that door is going to move about 3 feet farther away from the tiny sink. We’ll still need a narrow sink, but at least we can have a full depth one!

Kohler Bancroft Pedestal Sinks would make a good fit. These are $225, and we could pair it with a Kohler Fairfax faucet ($106) for a good quality, compact sink at $331. That same setup would work perfectly in the half bath that we want to install later. Despite how well pedestal sinks would work, Michael and I don’t like them much, so we wouldn’t spend $662 on them.

Luckily for us, someone listed three of them on Craigslist for $125 each. We landed two for $100 a piece. Here they are in their previous house;

We’re planning to get the basement ready for us to live in while we tear to shreds remodel the upstairs, so the  basement bathroom will be one of our first projects, but we’re still on Phase 1 of the remodel (pay the mortgage down to 80%… boring!) so they’ll be sitting pretty in a shed for a few months. In fact, I shouldn’t even be thinking about this bathroom yet 🙂

However, the sink has kicked me off into full-on planning mode… In fact, the plan (I really want to have a solid plan before kicking off any of these projects) is 90% done. I may have even picked up two mirrors, the vanity light fixture, the new vent fan, and some glass shelves for above the toilet already 🙂

I’ll be back on here with the basement bathroom plan in a few months (or weeks?) when we can legitimately start a new project. Until then, I’ll be agonizing over paint colors.

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