industrial basement stairs after

Industrial Basement Remodel 800 square feet

Thank you to MSN // Family Handyman // Shutterfly for featuring our space.

Like the rest of the house, we did most of the paint and finish work in the basement ourselves, but hired out the big stuff. We’ve always had a thing for industrial style rooms. It turns out choosing this route is super practical and saved us several thousand dollars in finishing costs. The grand total was around $16K. In 2012 not many people were finishing basements in this style, so contractors were trying to talk us into a full finish for around $35K! We stuck to our guns and came out ahead financially at the time we sold the house. This was a huge hit with millennial home buyers. And it’s a really inexpensive option for basement refinishing and it looks awesome with painted rafters.

Some Fun Features:

We Added A Bonus Room (Bedroom or Office)

Our bonus room can be anything. An office, craft room, or even a bedroom. We didn’t invest a lot of money in new furniture and used thrifted and secondhand items and converted it into a craft room. But at the time we sold the house we staged it again as a bedroom. 

 We added a full bar with sink

Mark created this drawing – these were our original plans for the bar.

Bar Render
Our drawing for a new bar. Behind that wall is a full bath.

Here is what we ended up building. Now the new owners can be inspired and take it a step further if they want.

One last shot before we moved. We left all of what’s pictured for the new owners.

A full bath with stand up shower

We have very few photos of this room. It shared the right wall of the bar so it was easy to plumb this room. We also added faux wood ceramic tiles.

Industrial Basement Full Bath view of vanity

We also painted the interior doors black.  

Here is an in-progress of the bonus room / bedroom paint project. Outside of the craft room we set up a small sitting area using our DIY vintage mantel as an accent piece, plus an old window as a room divider. I also ordered a new rug and love it!

The tufted furniture…$179 each for the chairs!

350 Square Feet of Storage

A peek into the storage area. This entire L-shaped space offers about 350 more square feet of storage which was my furniture paint area. Vertical storag is where all of our real “junk” was stored.

craft room

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  1. What an impressive job Jeanette. It’s beautiful and so well executed. Congrats!

  2. How long did it take you to finish?

    1. The construction portion was 2 months long (hired out), then the finish work was our responsibility. We would stop or slow down because of lack of time (thanks to our day jobs) or budget. So it’s ongoing!

  3. Would you be able to tell me what colors you used for your basement? I love the whole thing!

  4. I think you’re genius!! And I’m so inspired by you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 💗Shay

  5. Irma Turek says:

    did you make the fire place surround or were so lucky to find that at an antique store?

  6. How did you meet fire code? We are trying to do our basement ceilings like this and the inspector says it doesn’t meet fire code.

    1. Jeanette, DIY & Decorating Blogger says:

      Aw bummer for you guys! We had contractors who pulled permits to do the work, and we also sold the house which went through inspection. Maybe the codes are different in different cities & states?