Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Hey all!

New guy here! New soon-to-be homeowner as well!

Have a question...

My wife and I are currently looking at a 1920 tudor. It has 1000 sq ft of ground level rooms, and a completely finished basement.

Being that the house is nearly 90 years old, the bedrooms are a bit small to fit our king-size bed so we are contemplating how realistic it would be to transform the basement into a master bedroom suite.

I am not thrilled about living in a basement. Concerns include spiders, mice, moisture, not to mention a complete lack of egress.

I guess what I would like to know is; how realistic is it to transform a basement into a master bedroom without it feeling like a ... well... basement, not to mention the other aforementioned issues?

Thanks for your opinions in advance!

drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2009, 07:34 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Codes require an emergency egress window/opening in any basement area for sleeping. It is foolish not to have one, but not easy to install in existing old construction.

Proper HVAC is often overlooked and that can make a big difference in comfort. Often, outlets are added without considerations for air return, you need both. And dehumidification is usually needed below grade level.

Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Yeah, you know the more I think about it, the worse it sounds. Unfortunately, given the age of the house, our only other bedroom options are two disjoined 10x10 upstairs bedrooms.

Hmm. I will have to ponder this quandary further.

Thanks for your thoughts Bill.
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 01:45 PM   #4
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


10 X 10 rooms are too small for today's living, why not just combine this into a nice big room and bath?
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 02:45 PM   #5
Newbie Bill
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,056
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Quote:
Originally Posted by drlsubaru View Post
our only other bedroom options are two disjoined 10x10 upstairs bedrooms.

Hmm. I will have to ponder this quandary further.

Thanks for your thoughts Bill.
Hey Bill,

What do you mean disjoined bedrooms? Is there a way to make the two rooms into one, with a large closet and bath like Bob suggested?

Can you post a quick sketch of the floor plan.
drtbk4ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 08:48 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Sorry,

By "disjoined" I meant to say that there are two 10x10 bedrooms separated by a standard bathroom. We've considered combining the three rooms and re-routing the plumbing to one end to make a master bedroom with an attached master bath. Obviously this would be a very pricey endeavor. However, we find that the biggest hurdle to going forward with this isn't so much the price but its more that we think it might hurt the re-sale price to go from 2 bedrooms to 1 since, as of now, those are the only two "legal" bedrooms in the house.
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2009, 08:05 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Buy a different house, this one does not and will not adapt to your needs.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2009, 01:46 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron6519 View Post
this one does not and will not adapt to your needs.
Ron
Well I don't know if that's necessarily true. I'm just trying to find the feasability of transforming the basement into a master bed. Of course, if that is impossible then yes we will have to move on to a new house but I want to gauge my options on this house first.
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2009, 02:45 PM   #9
Newbie Bill
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,056
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


OK drlsubaru,

I get the feeling that you are somewhat enamoured with this house and are trying to make it fit your lifestyle. So how about giving us some more information about your family. Is it just you and the wife? Do you have, or are you going to have kids, or are they already grown up?

Personally I wouldn't hesitate to have a bedroom in the basement as long as egress and moisture are not problems. But I would make the basement bedroom the "2nd bedroom". I wouldn't want my Master Bedroom downstairs, I would turn the room/bath/room configuration into a nice Master Suite. And if you are starting a family or have young kids already, I wouldn't want my kiddies in the basement while I am upstairs, or vice versa.

Now the cost of improvements start to get significant and if you add that to the purchase price, you may be able to look at more expensive homes that suit your needs without huge renovations.


Or maybe get a smaller bed?
drtbk4ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Haha actually I was the one who pressed my wife to look at other places. I was trying to remain skeptical yet fair about the house, which is why I was honestly exploring ideas about a master bed suite in the basement.

That being said, we looked at about 7-8 other houses that were comparable in price and more or less in the same location and after looking at those this place looks like a STEAL!

As far as we can tell, the reason why this house is so much less than the others in the area is that it is located on a major road - a yard that probably most parents wouldn't want their kids playing in. Also it should be known that my wife and I are childless and plan on staying that way forever. Absolutely ZERO interest in kids.

So anyway, we revisited the house today and I actually found most of my lingering concerns to not be as bad as I originally had thought. Of course I will have to get used to the basement thing but honestly, the overall quality of the house and yard, and the area in which it is located, is in retrospect, a steal.

I'll let you all make up your own minds though... here's the website for the listing.

http://966suniversity.com
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 12:57 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


That's a very nice house. I wouldn't pass on it due to a furniture issue. I would get smaller furniture to fit on the second floor bedroom. I think sleeping in the basement would get old pretty soon.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron6519 View Post
I think sleeping in the basement would get old pretty soon.
Ron
I keep thinking that as well, but everyone keeps telling me that it is pretty standard for a lot of houses in the neighborhood since it is mostly really old houses with small upstairs bedrooms.

Also, I did some research on the neighborhood last night and the median home value is $644, so I am currently thinking low 4's is a heck of a bargain.
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 01:37 PM   #13
Newbie Bill
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,056
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


That link explains a lot.

I think that house looks very very nice. I wouldn't want to touch too much on the main floor as they have done a very nice job. Well except for that pepto bismal colour, although that may grow on me over time.


Are you sure you can't get your King size bed in that bedroom? It looks like it is connected to a nice closet/dressing space.

Let us know how this turns out.
drtbk4ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 07:18 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Quote:
Originally Posted by drtbk4ever View Post
Let us know how this turns out.
Will do. We should hear back from the seller by Friday noonish. Keeping my fingers crossed til then!

... and the bedroom you are referencing is probably the one that is currently in the basement. The one upstairs is the photo with the bed in the tiny wood floor room. lol.
drlsubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 07:43 PM   #15
Newbie Bill
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,056
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Transforming a finished basement into a bedroom suite


Quote:
Originally Posted by drlsubaru View Post
Will do. We should hear back from the seller by Friday noonish. Keeping my fingers crossed til then!

... and the bedroom you are referencing is probably the one that is currently in the basement. The one upstairs is the photo with the bed in the tiny wood floor room. lol.
Oh I see. Well that bedroom in the basement looks rather nice.

drtbk4ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vapor barrier requirement for finished basement JTK Building & Construction 13 02-05-2011 05:30 PM
22x22 addition, basement workshop, mater bedroom above. iMisspell Project Showcase 26 07-21-2009 02:35 PM
New poster, looking for advise on heating cooling in basement that is being finished blthomas HVAC 11 12-07-2007 11:07 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.