I'm excited about it though - I need a good project, and this should be just the trick. My plan is to make good use of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and Kijiji to make the space as useable and friendly as possible to last us until we can finish it properly. That will leave us with a more spacious upstairs living room that can be more of a playroom for Vivian
The basement is a pretty big space, so I'm not talking about finishing the whole thing, just the area that we would be using the most.
This part of the basement that I have earmarked for a bar in the future, but for the short term I see a card table and chairs and hopefully a ping pong table.
We're lucky that the area is already drywalled and primed, so it's not like we're starting with concrete walls or anything.
Eventually I want to put in built-in bookcases along this wall...
And build a long cabinet/counter area overtop of that weird little cabinet on this wall...
My plan is to get it ready over the next 2 months. By that point, Vivian will be 6 months old and will hopefully be sleeping in her own room, which would put the playpen back in the living room. Between the playpen, vibrating chair, swing, exersaucer and whatever else she might be playing with by that time, we just won't have the room for the two couches, big TV and giant coffee table that currently reside in the living room.
Don't worry piles of books and CD's. You'll have a home one day.
If you have any thoughts on how to do a slapdash version of finishing a basement, let me know! Or if you're getting rid of any furniture, let me know!