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Basement - transitional underground basement idea in Seattle with gray walls and no fireplace

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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Matthew Wilson wrote:Nov 20, 2013
  • cwooz

    i would like to build a similar wall unit for fabric storage. What I need to know is what do you use under the bottom shelf to raise it up off the floor? Is it a 2x4 frame? And do I need to put a back on it, or can I use the existing wall. If existing, then how do I attach it to the wall?

  • mrgoub

    I'm interested in the wall unit too and would like to look into making them for my Lego room. I'm guessing the wood boards were bought then a table saw was used to cut the grooves and painted over with a semi-gloss paint?

mdanemann wrote:Jan 27, 2014
  • crabtreestudio
    In a comment thread below the designer (architect? builder?) said:

    "the storage is a mixture of IKEA (the uppers) and Sterilite drawers (the lower storage). We designed custom shelves and racks to hold them all"

    So that would mean Trofast bins with a custom system to hold them (there are lots of DIY tutorials online for these units (basically shelving units with slots)). Sterilite bins can be found just about anywhere (Target, Michael's, etc).

    Such a lovely Lego solution and I am jealous! We must do this to a wall in the playroom.
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    The storage bins are indeed IKEA Trofast bins with custom shelves made to work with them.
    The things that look like speakers actually are speakers! There's a drop down screen and I forget where the speakers are from.
ajhollo wrote:Sep 20, 2015
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    the lights are a discontinued line from Cost Plus World Market http://www.worldmarket.com/

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    If you cannot find it from the source above, you may like some of our lighting we make from blown glass. All custom made and available as individual pendants or multiples on a single canopy.


G5 Project Management wrote:Sep 21, 2014
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    I think it just looks small due to the angle of the photograph. Love all of the storage in the wall.
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    The cabinets are 24" deep and tuck under the stairs but the countertop above is only 18" deep as I thought that 24" would be too deep.
Laura Hill wrote:Dec 30, 2018
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    Oh boy, that's almost impossible to price out on it's own as the work is typically wrapped up in the whole construction project. But for some reference, at least in Seattle, the average renovation cost for 2018 is around $550/sf. Also, it can vary wildly based on the conditions of the basement and how close the neighboring properties are. Your best bet is to consult a general contractor. Hopefully that gives you some place to start!

mikeallyk wrote:Feb 7, 2018
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    The stain on the counter is a custom, water-based stain designed to match the floor finish on the stairs, which are not quite in view in this shot.

Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. wrote:Sep 17, 2016
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    The owner had them from a previous home and they were a gift so we don't have the source unfortunately

baxter311 wrote:Dec 30, 2015
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    it is solid brazilian cherry with a custom stain to match the floors

GMC wrote:Jul 12, 2015
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    Thanks! Lego storage is a very personal thing and varies greatly... check out this Houzz video of me talking about the storage. Enjoy!

Katharine Agostino wrote:May 29, 2015
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    Thanks! Lego storage is a very personal thing and varies greatly... check out this Houzz video of me talking about the storage. Enjoy!

jobit1 wrote:May 1, 2015
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    Unfortunately that is a very complicated question influenced by your soil, ability to excavate around your house, the size of your house, and a myriad list of other factors that can wildly swing the cost anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 or more. I would find a great local contractor and speak with them to get an early estimate.

vexorg00 wrote:Feb 2, 2015
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    it is a glass subway tile from Ann Sacks

vexorg00 wrote:Feb 2, 2015
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    it is Brazilian cherry stained dark to match the floors upstairs
mod220 wrote:Aug 24, 2014
Ericka Dobriner wrote:Jan 27, 2014
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    The light was from Cost Plus World Market and is unfortunately discontinued

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Affecting Spaces added this to 13 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tackling a RenovationJan 27, 2016

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.

Mitchell Parker added this to Houzz TV: This Guy’s Giant Lego Collection Proves Everything Is AwesomeApr 28, 2015

On the right you can see a wall of bins that organizes the collection.

Mitchell Parker added this to Houzz Quiz: What Should You Do With a Basement?Feb 4, 2015

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

Fred Albert added this to Houzz Tour: A Home Built for Lego PlayJan 17, 2014

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.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Rachel Combe added this to Basement 2019May 13, 2019

Ideas for Lego boxes (not built in shelves)

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