Building My Dream Room

Dream Room HeaderI’ve owned this big house now for 2 years and I’ve yet to do anything great with it. It’s a great home. It’s clean, nice furniture, great appliances, but it’s lacking some personality. This year I’m determined to change that.

I’ve been planning a transformation for my basement for a while now, but I’ve yet to capitalize on the time I have off of work to make progress with it. As it stands currently, its just a basic basement. You have a concrete floor, cinderblock walls, and a few pillars sticking out to support the weight of the house. I want to change this lackluster room into the ultimate man-cave. What I have planned now and estimating for the amount of time I have to dedicate to the project, I think I can complete my dream room within 6 months. These are some of the tasks I want to focus on.

The Walls

The walls right now are your typical cinderblock walls. They are kind of grungy and contribute to the echoes in the room, making for bad acoustics. To fix this, my plan is to put up drywall around the room along with crown molding. I want to give the room a cozy atmosphere, so I plan on painting the walls a muted, dark red color, with white crown molding. On the walls I plan on hanging up framed movie posters of some of my all-time favorites.

The Floor

The floors now are a basic concrete floor. To match with the atmosphere of the room, I’m going to install hardwood floors. The color I think will work best is Fossilized Bamboo, which is a light gray color that matches well with the muted dark red of the walls.  I plan on adding a couple area rugs to not only break up the expanse offlooring, but to also help with some of the acoustics in the room.

Spacious Living Room

The Amenities

Some of the things I’m most excited about and what is really the biggest driving force behind this project is the addition of some cool extras.  These include an entertainment center on one end of the room, including a 60” television as well as a few gaming consoles.  On the opposite end of the room, I’m going to build in a bar, featuring a shelf for my favorite whiskeys and rums.  I also plan on creating a working kegerator from an old fridge that I have sitting around.  Built into the bar I’ll include a small humidor for easy access to fresh cigars.

Major Contracting Tasks

With my basement renovation there are some additional contracting tasks that will need to be implemented by a professional.   These tasks include working with an HVAC professional to develop the best way to implement heating and cooling into the room.  I’ll also need to see about adding appropriate electrical outlets into the room in order to power all of my amenities.


I have a large task in front of me, but I’m excited to get started and finally bring some personality to my home.