I'm starting a basement remodel and thought I'd document it here. Currently, we have room for about 10 games and our goal is to finish an unfinished portion of our basement that will accommodate about 15 games. For those of you who have followed my threads in the past, you know you're in for a slow burn. So, buckle-up, buddies, and let's spin this yarn...
Prior to purchasing and moving into our current home, I mocked up a basement space that looked something like this:
At this time, 2014, we had 4 pinball machines. This made me feel pretty good, because I knew we'd have room for a few more games. When we moved in, it looked like this:
...which was a pretty amazing feeling to OWN our own house and have a few games to set up in a playable space.
But you guys all know how this story goes once you have one, so let's fast track this...
Circa late 2016:
...and eventual resurrection:
Finally, this is how our space has settled down as of 2019:
...but that doesn't mean there aren't a few more lurking in the wings :
Because of that, I've had my eye on an unfinished portion of our basement that, until now, has been used largely for storage. I did some mock-ups of that space for our contractor:
And started the daunting task of putting all our games on their butts for a couple (few? ) months and moving all of our accumulated sundry junk out of a particular space to be finished (the half-wall storage area):
So, presently, this is what our glorious gameroom looked like during our Easter party:
Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Sunday, April 21, 2019, my helpful topless son assisted me in disassembling our fleet:
...and eventually it looked like this:
...ready to receive an avalanche of outgrown baby stuffs and mystery boxes largely unopened since we moved into this house 5 years ago:
So that was today's task (Tuesday, April 23, 2019), which essentially cleared out roughly half of that half-wall storage area, which had very little organization.
Just a large open area that we hope to turn into a more usable and organized space with the addition of shelving and padded carpet (shown in the mock-ups above).
In an effort to compartmentalize this little venture and make it feel like perhaps some progress is being made, I tried to organize this undertaking into phases:
Phase 1: Clear-out half-wall storage
Phase 2: Remodel half-wall storage with wardrobe, shelving, and padded carpet
Phase 3: Move junk into remodeled half-wall storage and migrate junk from new game room onto new half-wall storage
Phase 4: Remodel new game room with drywall, electrical, and padded carpet
Phase 5: Paint walls
Phase 6: Move games into remodeled game room
Phase 7: Paint feature wall mural and incorporate neon sign
Phase 8: Regain sanity and enjoy new space
I'm trying to have that storage space cleared and ready by May 1st, which is around when our contractor will be ready to start. ...still gotta pick out some carpet before then.
Here we go!!! Thanks in advance for taggin' along on this exciting and daunting ride with us.