“I have always wanted to live in a house with a basement and now I finally do. I grew up in a place where this wasn’t an option because the ground was way too hard for that. But now we have a home that has a basement and so we can utilize it in a way that works best for our family,” Katrina Collum stated to the interviewer. Katrina was recently reviewed on her basement remodeling project and what she did to choose what to do with her new space.
“We called a custom home basement company and they told us there were a lot of options for us. We could turn it into an exercise room, game room, guest bedroom, extra bathroom, family room, home theater or tornado shelter. Choosing one of those things felt really stressful and overwhelming because, to be honest, I wanted them all. So guess what I did?” She paused. “I chose them all!”
How were you able to pull that off?
“Well, we are fortunate enough to have a really big basement. We were able to create a spare bedroom with a bathroom attached and then that left a huge open space where we were able to put in a family room or game room that doubled as a home theater and still had room to put all of our gym equipment in there too. I am a personal trainer and so I have plenty of work out stuff and my husband is in the army, so that is really important to us. We also have three children so having a space where we can all be together without having to worry so much about the nice furniture is awesome.”
So how did you set up the home theater/family room part of your basement?
“We actually bought bean bag sofas and chairs which are awesome and set them up in front of our big screen television. Then my husband put in surround sound. There is no outside light down there so we didn’t have to worry much about lighting. When we did our basement remodeling planning, we decided to put in plenty of shelving so we could put all of our kiddos games downstairs for easy access. Also to keep all of their unsightly toys out of the upstairs so we could entertain family and guests without the fear of stepping on a sharp metal car or get glitter all over them.”
Do you actually spend a lot of time in your basement?
“Absolutely. In fact, we spend more time in our basement than we do anywhere else in the house. I work out every day and we watch a movie or play games together almost every night. Plus the basement is so big the kids really utilize the space down there as their game room. It makes clean up so easy because all of their junk is allocating to this one space and we don’t have to worry about guests seeing it as soon as they come over. It’s been perfect.”