For years we thought about finishing our basement. We found ourselves at the point of deciding whether to move or just bite the bullet and utilize the space we had downstairs. I’m so glad we choose to finish it.
Here I will share the design elements that went into our industrial farmhouse design as well as the process.
Design & Planning Basement
When it came to planning our finished basement, the first thing I did was determine how the space was going to be used. I knew we wanted a large open area, a bedroom, a storage closet, and a bar area. I had to take pen to paper and determine where it would make sense to put everything.
Next, we had to decide if we wanted to hire a company, or do it ourselves. We got 3 quotes from companies and with the lowest coming in at over $50,000 for the bare minimum bones, we knew we could do ourselves cheaper and nicer.
Next came my favorite part: the design! For our finished basement, I had a few options: rustic, industrial, or farmhouse. I decided to go for an industrial farmhouse design (with a bit of rustic mixed in). Knowing what design you want will help you to make all the little decisions when it comes to finishing the basement.
Basement Storage Closet
Our basement storage closet was a project we did before we went ahead and finished the entire basement. We had storage under our stairs but I wanted more of a closet area that I could put bins on shelves.
On the back wall we added shelves all the up to the ceiling.
On the right side, I wanted a hanging bar to store all the winter coats during the warmer months. We added a shelf under and above for more bin storage.