Basement Bar and LEGO roomTransitional Basement, Seattle
A custom built room for LEGO storage also provides a backdrop for a Media Room and a nearby bar. John Wilbanks Photography
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9. What are your storage requirements? Decisions about storage will likely stem from other questions you have to ask yourself. Such as, how much stuff do you already have? How much stuff are you planning to buy? And how much stuff are you willing to get rid off? Storage requirements are important to consider at the start of any renovation, since it can be difficult (requiring a lot of reconfiguration) and expensive to add storage solutions at the end of a project.
On the right you can see a wall of bins that organizes the collection.
You should make your basement a …Lego lounge: Everything is awesome — when you combine Lego blocks and hard alcohol! Seattle architect Jeffrey Pelletier has amassed a collection of Lego pieces that now tops 250,000. Needing a place to store all of these pieces, he tricked out his 1902 foursquare basement as a place in which to tinker but also to entertain friends without disturbing his sleeping son two stories up. See more of this basement
After: Pelletier excavated the basement another 2½ feet, ending up with 9-foot ceilings and an inviting lair where the couple can entertain friends without disturbing son Kellen when he’s sleeping in his bedroom two stories up. Dubbed the Lego Lounge, the basement includes a bar, a media room, laundry, storage and a guest bedroom. “We really got a lot of bang for the use of that footage,” says Pelletier. Although it can be a hassle lowering a basement floor the way Pelletier did, he ended up with an extra floor of living space without having to expand the home’s shell.Shelves keep Pelletier’s Lego pieces neatly arranged. Kellen is only 1, so he hasn’t developed an interest in playing with the Legos yet — or removing them from their carefully organized cases.