Our Basement Build Project – The biggest project we have tackled to date!!

 This is a project that I didn’t think we would ever see finished. When the plans we had to build a new home fell through (thank you COVID) we decided to finish our basement! Throughout this huge project I’ve been asked the question “Are you happy you didn’t move?’ and I can honestly say it was the biggest blessing in disguise!! It was hard to see at the time, but now sitting here I feel so incredibly happy for where we are!!

For our basement we knew we wanted to build 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchenette, a living room, and a game room! It was a bit overwhelming to think about all the work but also super exciting. We knew it wasn’t going to happen over night, but I’m excited to say we are officially finished with phase one of our basement build!


We did nearly all the work ourselves, from the framing to all the finish work. We hired someone for the drywall and had some help with the electrical and plumbing, but other than that we did it all. It was a fun family project getting this space done!

The finish work was obviously my favorite part. One thing we knew we wanted from the beginning was vinyl plank flooring. We needed something waterproof for the basement but didn’t want tile. I wanted something that was a close match to the wood laminate flooring throughout the rest of our home. After some research I found and fell in love with Select Services LVP flooring in the Sandbank color. It’s almost an exact match in color to our other flooring and 100% waterproof, making it the perfect choice for our basement.

This flooring is not only beautiful but it’s high quality, easy to install, and thoughtfully designed. My favorite part is each plank has the underlayment attached to the back so it can be installed as a floating floor right over subfloor without any additional layer of padding. If you have ever fought with a roll of underlayment then you know how big of a bonus this is!!

The flooring snaps together easily and only took us a couple days to lay all the flooring throughout our entire basement! This was one of my best design decisions I made for our basement! It has such a beautiful look and feel, and makes the whole space feel large and open. It’s also super low maintenance and stands up to the use from our large family and pets!

The last part of this project was bringing in all the furniture and decor. In the living room area I went with white furniture and light woods to make the black shiplap wall pop!


In the first bedroom I painted an accent wall with Nor’Easter by Sherwin Williams. It’s a beautiful medium blue/grey color. We then attached our reclaimed wood headboard to the wall and used white bedding with a pop of rust color to complement the wood tones on the reclaimed wood.

For the second bedroom I also used the Nor’Easter color by Sherwin Williams and put up a white shiplap wall. I added a bold black upholstered bed and kept the bedding neutral with black accents throughout the room.

Lastly, I tackled the kitchenette/ dining area. I continued with the light wood and black accents since the majority of the basement is an open floorplan. White kitchen cabinets, black countertops, and black floating shelves make up the kitchen, but the real showstoppers are the huge black double sliding barn doors! This was the last thing we did to finish out phase one of our basement and it really did tie everything together!

I’m so happy we took on this project and I’m beyond thrilled we can finally enjoy it as a family!!

To see videos of this project from start to finish and every project in-between check out the saved basement highlights on my Instagram!

-Grey Birch Designs-

  1. Terra Mennone says:

    Beautifully done Kaycie. We hope to finish our basement some day and this gives me lots of ideas.

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