When we moved into our 3rd flip house, I was pregnant with Evelyn and we had decided that we wanted an au pair to watch out kids for the year. Not only did the cultural aspect of this experience excite us, but it made more sense financially in terms of childcare in Denver. The basement was a blank canvas that was perfect for creating a guest suite for our au pair, Maria.
The basement was half finished with drywall and half unfinished for storage. We took half of the storage room to create a private bathroom for the basement bedroom. We then took most of the finished space in the basement to create a private bedroom. The extra room at the bottom of the stairs landing was turned into an office space for our guests.
Install an Egress Window
There was a larger window but it did not meet the current building code which allows firefighters to enter the bedroom in full gear.
This window is the appropriate size to allow for an evacuation if necessary.
Where we Hired the Pros:
- Egress window
- Electrical – removing that weird light in front of the cage on the window
Where We did the Work Ourselves:
- Relaying carpet
- Door installation
We planned on reusing the carpet so we rolled it up prior to framing the walls. Yay for saving money!
In this house I focused on three paint colors for most of the rooms. Using three colors on the same spectrum helps to keep the rooms cohesive. This will appeal to more buyers when you have a neutral palette. I chose three colors from Sherwin Williams: Repose Gray, Eider White and Mindful Gray. For the bedroom, we used Eider White (color matched at Home Depot) & Repose Gray for the bathroom.
Having this guest suite was such a luxury! It was perfect for our au pair to have privacy and relax after a long day with the kids and it was perfect for guests that came into town. I know my parents were grateful whenever they came to visit.
Building a closet is imperative when creating a bedroom to meet building code.
The bedroom had a private bathroom attached.
The little office area outside of the bedroom was a great bonus space for all of our guests (and potential home buyers!).
Thanks for checking out our basement renovation!