Brett, admiring the uninsulated stud walls while the home inspector does whatever home inspectors do!
The day we took posession, it honestly didn't look much different. The prior owner had left the ugly plastic shelving, any half empty bottle of household chemical he didn't want to take with him, broom handles with no broom, hedge clippers that needed to be sharpened, etc. We cleaned some of it out, but it was still SO UGLY because in the 25 years and 5 owners our house has lived through, no one took the time to finish the room, or even insulate it.
I always enter the house through the side door after work because opens out into the driveway. Talk about a bummer. It just made me so depressed to walk through that door when I knew what kind of potential the room had! Look at those high ceilings! My front entry does not have room for a proper foyer, so this is pretty much my chance, but it needs to be a double-duty room. The lovechild of a mudroom and foyer.
Well, here is what it looks like today...better but still not really a room! My dad and husband spent a weekend putting up the drywall, and it has been cleaned of dustbunnies and ickies. (You guys rock!!! Now it feels more like a construction site than a dump, and at least its clean...
Here are some photographs of what I would LIKE for it to look like when its done! (I believe they are all from http://www.bhg.com/) I want it to be very light and airy. Maybe a tone on tone vertical stripe in blue with a dramatic light fixture to highlight the high ceiling. I want there to be storage, but for it to be tucked away and neat.
Here are some of the current problems with the room that I would LOVE some input on:
1. the stairs--I would love to finish them with some pretty hardwood treads and maybe even install drawers in the risers!
2. the concrete block "wainscoting"--the concrete blocks intrude into the room and I am not sure what to do to cover them. Would it be a bad idea to put on straight plaster? Do I need to put a barrier between the concrete and wall board? We have contemplated keeping the walls recessed and possibly putting a shelf there. It goes all the way around 2 walls.
3. the heat pump--how to hide it...I would like to put up some lattice or paneling to hide it, but the problem is that we still need access and I don't want to mess up its function and cause a fire or something.