Basement Plans

Now that our new sofa is in place, I'm feeling motivated to deal with the other aspects of the Basement of Doom. (Take the original photo tour for a reminder of what the space looks like.) Here's the list of tasks as they currently stand.

Task #1: More Seating

I would love to add a row of seating behind the couch -- something similar to this set-up. I can easily envision having the neighbors over to watch the game, and I think we could get a comfortable 6 chairs behind that sofa. That would also make it easier to prohibit eating on the sofa. While the slipcovers are washable, it was a gigantic pain to get them on and off the cushions and I would much prefer simply to have people sit at the table when they had food or drinks.

Task #2: Bigger Game Table

Right now we have the small round table with four swivel chairs. The table has seen some hard wear and tear, and the chairs have lost their cushions. We could probably fix it up (again) although I still think that a more substantial table (at proper table height) is going to be the best long-term solution. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that our current dining room table (which has already been slated for upgrade to something bigger and more fitting with the historical natural of the house) would be perfect. So that's something to consider farther down the road.

The current dining room table would be an excellent game table for the basement.

The current dining room table would be an excellent game table for the basement.

Task #3: Fixing the Audio Set-Up

There are several things wrong with the audio set-up in the basement. Let's start with the most obvious: there is something wrong with the audio connections. It's probably a loose wire somewhere, but it's often difficult to hear what's going on, and there is occasional crackling that is very annoying. 

The larger issue is the visual state of the audio set-up. Right now it looks like something constructed in a frat house. 

I'm totally embarrassed to have visitors down in the basement. I want to cry "we are not animals!" but I fear the mayhem indicates otherwise.

I'm totally embarrassed to have visitors down in the basement. I want to cry "we are not animals!" but I fear the mayhem indicates otherwise.

I'd love to get some bookshelves with doors to help hide those unsightly cords. Or maybe a long cabinet/dresser to sit underneath the television to hold all of the equipment? The sight grates on my nerves every time I sit down to watch television, but since I'm not sure what direction we're headed in, this task probably won't be addressed any time soon.

Tasks #4 through infinity!

Here's the other stuff that's on the basement agenda, but way down the road.

  1. Remove/replace the beadboard with traditional drywall.
  2. Replace the acoustical drop-ceiling tiles with something nicer.
  3. Upgrade the kitchen cabinetry (maybe with the cabinetry of our current kitchen, once that renovation gets underway?).
  4. Upgrade the kitchen appliances, including (maybe!) a kegerator.
  5. Restain the concrete floor. I love this option.

Then there is the huge list of changes we want to make to the unfinished laundry room and cellar room, but that is just too exhausting to contemplate. Lucky that I have a nice big sofa to lay on while I contemplate the options.