As I mentioned last week Sébastien and I are finally going to start renovating our basement! Yay! You can read about it here: Basement Renovation – Where to Start. We can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be a fun project. However, before we can get started, we need to plan the renovation.
We’ve always wanted an office / craft room and figured this space would be ideal for that purpose. Before we can start the process, we decided it would be best to make a list of things we need to do.
Basement Renovation: Office / Craft Room – The Plan
– Remove everything from the space. (Which we have already started to do.)
– Remove the shelving that was installed by the previous owners.
– Remove the very old drywall.
– Clean up (vacuum everything including the spider webs. hehe)
– Replace the two windows with new ones. (We ordered the new windows yesterday, we should get them within 3 weeks.)
– Apply a Basement & Masonry Waterproofer on the concrete wall.
– Add power outlets to the space. (We have 0 plugs in this room, we want to add 6.)
– Add more lighting.
– Install DRIcore Subfloor.
– Install DRIcore SMARTWALL on concrete walls.
– Install Drywall on the rest of the walls.
– Work on the ceiling??
We’re not quite sure what we should do with the ceiling. Should we finish it with drywall or ceiling tiles? And we are thinking we may need to wait to to do it. Our upstairs bathroom (which is half taken apart, for renovation) is right above this space. We want to replace the bathtub and the plumbing, so if we finish the ceiling completely we will have to take it apart to finish the bathroom upstairs. What would you do? Would you leave it completely as is or would you partly finish the ceiling into the upstairs bathroom is finished?
Then we have another issue with the toilet/shower in the basement. The previous owner framed the wall behind them, however if we put up a wall over the framing, we no longer have access to the main water line. We are going to have to get creative with the wall. Perhaps we could put in a sliding door/wall so that we have access to everything until that bathroom is fixed up too?! Or put a curtain up? Or maybe we can make a closet leaving the back of it open to give us access, however I don’t want to lose space either.
As you can see, we have some work ahead of us. But it will be totally worth it! So, what I need from you…
Should we finish the ceiling right away or should we wait until the upstairs bathroom is finished?
What type of ceiling? Drywall or ceiling tiles?
And what would you do about the wall access to the water line?
Have a GREAT one!