The first project at our third flip house was to build a legal bedroom in the basement with an attached bathroom. I was pregnant with my second child and Chris and I had made the decision to hire an au pair once our daughter arrived. 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. There was a little space leftover at the landing that was the perfect sitting area for guests.
Building a Legal Bedroom in the Basement
The most important step when building a bedroom in a basement is to add an egress window. The egress must be large enough for a firefighter to be able to enter the space in case of an emergency. This is an imperative step to ensure safety. It also helps to bring natural light into the bedroom. A bedroom must also have a closet to legally be considered a bedroom. We made sure to include this in our plans.
Where we Hired the Pros:
- Egress window installation
- Electrical – removing that weird light in front of the cage on the window
Where We did the Work Ourselves:
- Painting the walls
- Re-laying carpet
- Door installation
Installing an Egress Window
There was a larger window in the basement but it did not meet the current building code for an egress window. Our crew had to cut into the foundation to install the new egress window.
This window is now the appropriate size to allow for an evacuation if necessary.
Framing the Bedroom & Closet
Our crew framed out the bedroom and added a large closet. The carpet was in good condition, so we rolled it up prior to framing the walls to re-install later. Yay for saving money!
Basement Bedroom Color Palette
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. We used Eider White (color matched at Home Depot) for the bedroom to keep the room bright since there is only one window in the room.
In terms of design, we used what we had in our home to create a comfortable and relaxing space for our guests.
Basement Bedroom After
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 too.
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!