We are so excited that today marks DAY ONE of our lower level renovation! When we built our home in 2016 we knew we wanted to live in our home for a bit to determine what exactly we’d need before we finished our lower level. Our home is slightly elevated allowing for a lookout or garden basement, meaning we have windows along the entire back wall, which is wonderful. If I could give advice to anyone building a home, I would say put in as many windows as possible because there really is nothing like natural light! This is especially true in the Midwest where we have long, cold winters.
*Exterior view of our lower level windows
The first step in designing this space was to figure out exactly what our family needed. I workout at home nearly every day on the elliptical along with free weights so an exercise room is a must.
A kitchenette will add extra convenience for entertaining and for guests.
We also want a great room for movie watching, entertaining, and lounging.
My dad is selling our childhood home and resides in Florida much of the time so a guest suite is very important. Despite our sons wanting a ‘Papa sleepover’, he will be much more comfortable in his own bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath.
My inspiration for this space has come from many of these photos. The style will flow with the rest of our home but will be slightly more relaxed, coastal and modern. (Think Serena + Lilly.) I will be sharing my design boards, along with before and after photos as this process unfolds. As always, I love to hear your feedback and recommendations!