Ahhhh....I love home projects. They keep me up into all hours of the night scouring the internet for ideas and inspiration. Hubs and I have decided to finish our basement. After toiling for the past two years over whether or not to do it, we've decided to bite the bullet.
We made the decision based off of a few things. One, we knew we wanted to finish it before we sell because houses in our area sell so so much better with finished basements. And if we're going to do that I want to enjoy it for the next few years while we're still here! Two, I feel like we will be able to get a good price with the economy the way it is now, and I am happy to give someone a job for a couple weeks. Third, the hubby needs a man cave. I can only take so much ESPN.
So, within the next couple of months we hope to get this project going. We have went back and forth over doing some of it ourselves. I still think we will do some of it, but, mostly we will have professionals do the job. I don't want it to become a 3 year project. However, that doesn't mean we won't try to cut costs in some areas.
One of the ways we were thinking about cutting costs was to paint the basement ceiling as opposed to dry-walling or drop ceiling it. Here are some inspiration pics. I don't know where I got these, so sorry for the lack of credit.
I like the more industrial look. I think after all is said and done, it is still a basement. It will also save us a TON of money. Our basement is close to 1500 sq ft. So to ceiling all of that....well....we're waiting on the estimate, but it's a lot.
Has anyone ever done this or know someone who has? I think the biggest drawback is going to be the noise between the two floors. But, I'm not sure how bad it would be. This is one of the first decisions we have to make because it is the very first thing you do.