Hi Everyone! I hope that you’re all having a great week so far.
I’ve pulled together some photos to share of the lower level in our Virginia house.
Before I start the tour, I wanted to provide a photo of the back of the house, taken from the lake. (This photo was taken before the gray vinyl siding was replaced with cedar shingles.) This gives you a different perspective of the house and is a good view of both the upper and lower decks that ran almost the whole length of the house.
This is what our lake view looked like from the upper deck.
And this was the view from our lower deck.
On the lower deck, we had a small playhouse and sandbox (on the opposite side, not shown) for the girls. We had a metal ceiling with drainage installed on this deck, as well as ceiling fans and lighting. This way, the deck could be used on hot summer days (and nights) and also when it was lightly raining. Our girls used this space as their backyard and they loved playing out here.
I mentioned before that our backyard was basically one long hill with a 60 foot drop to the lake. We did not have the chance to do any real landscaping in back and our dock was unfinished when we moved. Because we had two little babies/toddlers in the house, our priority was to make our home livable for our family and to use the interior space we had. We had visions of finishing landscaping as well as the deck, but we ended up moving before starting those projects. As a reminder, this is what the backyard/hill looked like.
We could not have done the lower level construction project without the help of Chip, Carol, Randy, Mike and Dave. These were skilled folks who all came together to help us complete this project. Vernon was working hard and I was 6 months pregnant, chasing a one year old around, so Vernon and I were not able to work on the construction side of this project. We did do the design work and drawings for the space. (This is something we really enjoy doing together!) Work on the lower level included creating a family room, a play area, installing a new bar area and cabinetry for storage, a guest room, office, and a full bathroom (as well as the work on the deck which I mentioned above).
So, enough background information from me . . .
Who wants to go on a tour?
Let’s begin with some photos of the space just as the construction began.
The stairs were reconfigured to make room for an enclosed storage space. They are an “L” shape here. (Originally, the stairs did not turn at this point. They went straight down.)
And this is what the lower level looked like, just as the construction process was beginning. (This is me, about 6 months pregnant, wondering if the construction might be done in time for baby number two!)
There were 3 sliding glass doors in this space (leading out to the deck). We had them moved closer together to make room for larger windows (not pictured here) at either end of the basement.
This is a view of the lower level from the opposite direction. Again, studs were just going up at this point.
This is what the stairway, going down from the kitchen upstairs, looked like when it was completed.
Come on down!
We basically divided this large, rectangular, basement space into four living areas.
We had a large, open family room with sliding doors going out to the deck.
(The wall paint we used for the lower level was Benjamin Moore 951, Pale Almond. We wanted a neutral color that would work/flow with the upstairs rooms.)
To the right of the photo below, you can see a bit of the play room and bar area at the back of that space.
This is a view looking in the opposite direction (towards the stairs).
We also had an office space (directly through the double doors you see in the photo above).
This space could have been used as a bedroom. ( There was a good size closet for storage in this room.)
Here’s another view of the office.
We also had a play area downstairs. This area was on the other side of a wall dividing two sides of the lower level (the same wall the sofa was up against) in the family room.
There was also a guest room with a walk-in closet.
And a full bathroom (with a shower on the left).
And this concludes our Lake House Tour! We made it! I’m hoping this information is helpful to anyone out there who might need some ideas when it comes to turning a lower level “box” space into one that can add to the livability of their home. Have any of you renovated a lower level space?
Did you find that it was useful?
I’m looking forward to starting some projects in our current home. I have a few spaces that we need to organize and “tweak” to get us ready for the summer. Stay tuned . . .
I hope you all have a great day!