Basement living space part 1 long advice please

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

you need a bedroom. with a bed, a desk, and a dresser. maybe a closet. you can share a bathroom. you can have a craft/hobby area in the bedroom.

i’m sorry, but before i had my own apartment, i never had all of those things that were my own spaces. i had my bedroom. i shared a “craft” room with my mother. then, when i was 23, my parents moved into a house with an in-law apartment. when that happened, i got my own bathroom, and i had a kitchen area. it wasn’t until i moved out on my own when i actually had all the spaces to myself that you want.

if you want all those spaces, move out on your own. simple as that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  Uh… honestly speaking, I think you are all set in the space department as many college students usually only have one half of a dorm room (yes, one half of one room) for their sleeping/hanging out/studying/crafts/exercise/etc.. Those college students seem to do well with just that one half of the room. If you are going to be a ft student with a ft courseload, I doubt you will have time for crafts, etc. if you want to get good grades to get the best job… Just my .02.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would consider moving out into your own space so you have multiple rooms for these things.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

your best best is to make your two rooms multipurpose. crafts, workout, and study area all together, and then your bedroom and closet for the obvious things. Are you not sharing any of this space with your parents? If you have the whole basement to yourself then you have a lot of options. look up small apartments, like 500-800 sq ft. to get some ideas. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you are 21 and in college, shouldn’t you be moving out into your own space in a year or so? You make it sound as though you are planning your living space at home for multiple years out, which at age 21, has me confused.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, when I was a student, my space went like this:

study/office/room/reading area =  small desk in bedroom/my bed

hangout room/area = my bed/floor in dorm room, living room in apartment I shared with friend and paid for on my own.

bedroom area/room = obv my bedroom

craft/hobby area/room = this did not exist. I was studying around the clock or working.

kitchenette area/room = mini fridge in dorm room, or kitchen in apartment I paid for myself.

gym area/exercise room and a storage area = I used the university gym. People really have gyms at home?! And my storage area was my closet. If you don’t own a home, don’t have kids, etc etc what could you possibly be storing?

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@crayfish:  just fyi- not everyone moves out at 21. not everyone has the a) money to do so, b) emotional readiness, and c) job to be able to support themselves.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I’m 30 and we’re moving into a spare bedroom with my parents so we can rent out the 500 square foot condo that we own. We have lived in a tiny one bedroom with our two dogs for seven years and now we’re moving into a place where we’ll have one bedroom and an even smaller bathroom. The house itself is bigger, but we will have very little personal space. Rentals are extremely lucrative which is why we’re doing it for a very short amount of time until we can buy a second home. Honestly, I would save my money for redecorating if I were you and just save it for your own place. I would never dream of redecorating my parents house even though it’s very 1980s and not my style at all. For one thing, it’s their house. For another, I’m not going to live there for long enough to put any money into it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@crayfish:  +1

@colorofmyheart:  You’re right, but it’s one thing to not be ready to move out quite yet, and another thing entirely to assume that you will be living there for years to come. I agree with crayfish that if OP is 21, she should be more focused on getting to a place where she supports herself, and less focused on “redoing” living spaces in her parents’ house for her own long-term use. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Taeyers:  good point. i didn’t realize OP was planning on staying for years and years, i thought it was just a temporary fix.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@outgoingcutie15:  you have plenty of ideas already, i think if you add anything else it will look cluttered and borderline hoarderish.

im also young-ish, 24, most of the year i live in a dorm, so my space consists of a desk and a bed. i have a yoga mat and fold up stationary bike for exercise. Honestly this is plenty of space for a university student. I spend most of my time either at my desk or the library anyways. Aint nobody got time for crafts…

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When I was in college, I was excited my senior year to have a single to myself that was 180 feet – it was HUGE by most standards.  I had a desk, bed, futon, dresser.

question becomes what else could I add to a basement area and what other living spaces would I need for a college student?

Even what you’ve listed will be cluttered/crowded.  You just need a study space (and a public library can work if you don’t have another option).  A hangout space (e.g. futon, chairs) is icing.

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