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Modern Farmhouse Basement Remodel | The Plans

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Are you looking for ideas to update your outdated basement? I’m excited to kick off a five post series to show you practical ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams.

Today I’ll be focusing on all of the “befores” as well as my design plans. I hope that they inspire you and that you’ll follow along on our remodel!

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This post is sponsored by Lumber Liquidators. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission on your purchases at no additional cost to you.

The Basement Before

When we moved into our new home 8 months ago I was excited to have a finished basement. Our previous home did not, and we always wished we could finish the space. However, this space isn’t exactly my style. Right away I painted the basement walls and we’ve lived with it this way for some time. Now I’m ready to create the modern farmhouse basement of my dreams!

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The majority of our basement is outdated aesthetically, but is a really lovely space with tons of potential. It offers a huge walkout slider to our back patio off of the family room, two bedrooms, a large laundry room (which I just remodeled for $100!), a third bathroom and a large rec room. It has all of the space we could ever need and just needs updates to make it our own.

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

If you’ve read my book, you know that I am a huge proponent of making your home a haven through a simple 10 step process. So I am following that process to recreate our basement! And it all starts with flooring.

5 Types of Flooring

The number one item I wanted to change was the flooring. Within the basement there are currently 5 different types of flooring. The majority of the space has this original (aka 20+ years old) cream carpet and it is stained to high heavens. Red stains, black stains, purple stains. I don’t even want to think about the filth that lives in 20+ year old carpet.

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

If nothing else, I just wanted to get rid of a potential allergy hazard and update our flooring with something durable and classic. Beyond that, the rest of the basement offers blue tile, pink carpet, and red tile. Not exactly my design choices.

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Carpet Be Gone

So our first step in this remodel was to remove all of the existing flooring. We took out the carpet ourselves and have hired the floor installation company to remove the tile. My husband is eternally grateful that he doesn’t have to tackle that part of the project. 😉

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Modern Farmhouse Basement Plan

To remedy the “five different types of flooring” problem, we chose to replace all of the flooring with luxury vinyl plank from Lumber Liquidators. Not only will this be a beautiful solution to the allergy issue, but will also offer continuity and durability to the entire space.

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

We’ve had such a great experience with Lumber Liquidators in the past, so I knew I wanted to work with them on this project. Their customer service has been awesome and their product selection is vast. After visiting the store, we quickly learned from their associates what would be the best flooring option for our basement. The store associate really took his time with us to make sure he recommended the right product.

He asked questions like,

  • Is there potential for water seepage?
  • Do you have kids?
  • Do you have animals?
  • What is the subfloor?
  • What will you use the space for?
  • Is it a high traffic area?

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

When we were done sorting out the practical issues I got to have fun with the aesthetic side of design! I brought home three different types of luxury vinyl plank because it offers the best durability for our space. I love how this product looks like real wood! You can even see on the bottom sample that some varieties offer the “hand scraped” look.

Some samples showed more wood grain than others, there are so many colors to choose from, and I also had to consider plank width. Truly, upon entering the store I was overwhelmed with the number of choices. However, after narrowing down the practical side of things with the associate first, I was given a much more manageable number of products to choose from. And then it was just fun!

Picking Flooring

So I’m curious if you can guess which flooring we chose?! I always love to get your interaction and opinion when making design choices. Comment below on which style you like the best, or which floor you think that we chose from Lumber Liquidators.

Top: Riverwalk Oak
Middle: Acacia
Bottom: Rose Canyon Pine

Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Modern Farmhouse Basement Series

Now that we have new flooring from Lumber Liquidators, it set off a design spree. 😉 You know those books, If You Give A Mouse a Cookie? Well..one thing leads to another and before you know it your “one simple update” becomes a complete basement remodel. So here are our plans and the posts you can expect in this series!

  1. Update Flooring {If you haven’t caught on by now… ;)}
  2. Update the existing barnwood accent wall {UPDATED: You can see the finished product here.}
  3. Paint the Trim {You can read all about my decision to do that here
  4. Update key pieces of furniture and home accents 

I’m so excited to have our basement back! We’ve lived in this construction zone for over a month as we slowly work on the updates. I hope (and pray) that it will be all back together by the end of November. I hope you follow along as we update this space!

And don’t forget to comment below with your fave floor sample or with what you think we chose! 🙂

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{You aren’t simply decorating or renovating. You are creating a space where you and your family can thrive. A haven. – Sarah Symonds, Designing a Life: From House to Haven}

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Are you looking for ideas to update your basement? Read more to see simple ways to transform your space into the modern farmhouse basement of your dreams. #modernfarmhouse #basementremodel

Basement Remodel Series 

UPDATED: You can find my complete basement remodel series linked below! 

26 Comments

  1. You have such a hard decision to make with picking out the flooring. You have three great options here! I’m so glad you are getting so close to having your dream basement!

  2. Rose canyon pine! That is my pick. I really like the riverwalk oak but I am thinking too light and the Acacia is to traditional. I am excited to see the outcome. We are in the middle of our bathroom remodel. Three weeks and counting. It is just my husband and I so not too difficult but messy. Biggest blessing is our relationship is growing. We are having fun doing this together. (of course this is only our second room of our entire house remodel haha!) Love your post, blog and can’t wait for my book to arrive. yay!!! Bought one for my daughter and daughter in law too!!
    God bless you! Love the verse of the day too!
    Janet

  3. I like all three but the Riverwalk Oak is the one I really, really like. It’s light and clean. Whichever you choose, I know you’ll make it work for your space. You have a knack for that! ;o)

  4. Sarah,
    I had you picking Rose Canyon Pine but I sneaked a peek at the last response and saw you didn’t pick that one so I believe you picked Acacia. I know everything will look good; can’t wait to see how you put everything together. You do such a good job at decorating. I just love your blog site. You are an inspiration!!!!!
    jean

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