Could I be cuttin’ it a little closer?
Um. No. The correct answer is I can not. You should know by now that I have no concept of time. I could say “I’ll be there in ten minutes” and then four hours later, I show up not even realizing that I am late. It makes for very awkward conversations at missed doctor’s appointments. Anyhoo…I told ya’ll that today we would be visiting our dream house again for the basement house tour. And here I am cuttin’ it under the wire. (is that a correct saying? because cuttin’ it with a wire just sounds plain redneck)
Let’s first recap – we found a dream house. It had every single little thing (and then some and then some more!) that was on our list but it’s a foreclosure. We offered, they accepted, we were supposed to close Jan 24th (fail!), the power needed fixed, the bank finally fixed it, and that’s as far as we got.
We did talk about the layout…and gave you the tour of the first floor and the second floor…but now we are to the area that really makes this home a WHALE – the basement. The basement is huge. It’s crazy big. And I’m not bragging. I’m actually a little bit intimidated by it’s size. And even though we hope to put it to good use in the future, right now we are probably going to clean it up and close it off. We aren’t gonna bother decorating it or throw any money in it’s general direction. But since we were sharing the entire home, we want to make sure you see it so you won’t be like WHAT BASEMENT? when we reference it in the future.
I showed you the layout and it looked something like this…
yeah. I was wrong. obviously I didn’t take very good notes because the layout is actually something like this:
Maybe a side-by-side comparison will help you pick out the differences. It’s all kinda in the stairway/bedroom areas.
Isn’t it awful that I don’t even know the layout? Maybe it’s because there was no power and it made it hard to see accurately and yeah…let’s say it was that and not the fact that I’m sometimes slightly afraid of the dark and run through lightless rooms screaming and waving my arms above my head like a JAWS victim. let’s say that.
Now imagine you came to visit. You walk down the stairs and the first thing you see is an eating area. (I said imagine because I have no photo).
Turn left. You are now in one of the bedrooms. You can enter through to the next bedroom through the shared door. The colors are gray. Everything. The carpet, the walls, the ten-foot-ceilings. It’s like the designer was channeling inspiration and an elephant walked by.
Head towards the back of the house and there are these longish narrowish connecting rooms. They are what we affectionately call the play area and the mud area. Genius creative I know. The one in the back connects to the bedroom…it’s the play area. I think we’ll throw one of those train tables down here for Will. It’ll be the only piece of furniture down here.
And the mud area – well, you can imagine what that is for…
It’s the little space that has a door to the outside (under the deck) and connects to the unfinished bathroom. Thankfully this area is tiled so it’ll probably be a great space for potty training. Not far to run? check. Easy cleanup? check. Has a hole you can pee in? check.
(sorry about that crazy white balance in the photo above!)
Okay – so that door on the left is to a storage area. The door in the middle is the back entrance to one of the bedrooms and that door on the right is the unfinished bathroom.
And when I say unfinished…I mean totally tiled and plumbed but that’s about all. It has no toilet, no sink, no mirror, no fixtures. Technically speaking, it doesn’t even count as a bathroom…unless you are in one of those third world countries that has a trough you pee in. In that case…we have a hole…it’s small so you are gonna have to have great aim.
Now let’s wrap this thing up. The biggest space in the basement is taken up by this room. It’s the entertainment room. It’s gargantuan.
One day Jeremy dreams of a theater room…
I can totally see this staying empty. Other moms will concur…less to clean that way. Not that I clean.
As you can see – there is a kitchenette area beyond the entertaining room with a weird window to the storage area and totally stripped of it’s ‘stuff’. The previous owners took the cabinets, the countertops, and even the corbels that held up the countertop. That’s okay with us though – we think it was used as a wetbar – and we have bigger and hopefully better plans for it in the far off future.
So that’s the worst post ever touring a basement. And I say that because I want to warn you…this post gets even worse. We have the video tour…que scary music here…please note that it is pitch black half the time…and you can only hear the sound of my voice as I drone on and on about the house…consider yourself warned…