I had the pleasure of working with a client on a project recently where were configured their existing basement layout.
Their wish list included:
- Adding 1 bedroom
- Creating a smaller laundry area
- Adding a ¾ bath
- Creating an area for a desk
- Adding more storage
The client wanted to incorporate an office area, but they didn’t want a full-blown desk in the middle of their family room. Before our work, they had a rather large office area that was rarely used. The desk area was meant to be more of a side-line feature than the star of the show.
This is the final layout design we came up with (before on the left, final on the right):
In the process of space planning, we realized a few things. By changing the location of the garage entry to what used to be the “office” area and re-purposing the old bathroom/laundry room area as a new bedroom, we didn’t really have a dedicated space for a desk that wouldn’t infringe on the family room or storage areas. We came up with a solution that not only provided the family with a desk area, but extra storage as well. We utilized a typically underused portion of the basement…the underside of the stairs.
We created a multi-function desk and storage area under the stairs. The shelving above the desk is set back to allow for headroom, and the shelves on the left are scaled to fit bins for toys and office supplies.
This was an extremely rewarding project because we completely transformed the way this space functions and feels. The clients now have a light, bright and beautiful basement space that they can enjoy for years to come.
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