We're in the middle of planning stages for our basement reno and we're leaning toward redoing the entire basement, including the finished den. The area appears to be a weekend warrior's mediocre shop project complete with faux wood paneling and "trim" that's really just ill fitting strips of paneling nailed up in weird places. But our main reason for wanting to redo the entire basement is to maximize the dead space behind the paneling and to create a seamless hallway to the new bathroom, bedroom and storage areas. Since it's very likely that our den will become unrecognizable very soon as we begin demo work, we thought we'd share a few photos of how things are today.
S claimed the area as his man cave when we first moved in, but it remained mostly a no-man's land of cast-offs up until a few months ago when we created a sewing nook for our growing sail bag business. The space was always neat and clean, but it was more of a hallway from the stairs to the utility room where we store nearly everything that our tiny kitchen can't hold. Since adding the sewing nook and defining the room's three main areas, we've started to spend a lot more time down there.
As you walk down the newly painted stairs from the dining room you first step into S's office area with his "I love me" walls filled with diplomas, photos and plane stuff. The desk might look like it's filled with files and important papers, but don't be fooled, S has sat at his desk for a total of one hour tops since we moved in over a year ago. I'm filing that desk under the "useless purchase" category!
my little sewing nook where I work on sail bags and other fun projects.
Everything is nice and clean and organized, just the way it should be before demolition begins!