This is an update to my previous post: Craft/Sewing Room - The Before Pictures. The work will start later on this week or early next week, and I've finally got the space all cleared out; there are just a few minor things left to move. The photos below show the area before work starts, and I've indicated on the photos what changes I'm making in the room.
I'm adding a new wall, with a door, to separate the furnace and the laundry area from the new room. As there will not be a lot of clearance in this new space where the washer and dryer currently are, I'm moving the W/D over to the left where there will be a larger area for me to dump laundry on the floor to sort. The furnace/laundry area will continue to be a storage area.
The existing door from the family room into the new space will remain. I'm adding a wall of closets in the new space. I'm also adding a wall of new upper and lower kitchen cabinets with a space in the middle for a chair. There will be a large cut-out in the existing wall next to the cabinet wall, where I will put a new sewing table (that I still have to shop for). The cut-out is on the same wall as the existing door to the family room and will serve two purposes: 1) It will allow me to see the TV from the new room while I'm working; and 2) I opted to cut a hole in this wall as opposed to taking the wall down entirely. This is because there is crown moulding in the existing family room and I would have had to rip it off the adjacent walls if I took down this wall. Since I didn't want to have to re-paint and re-install the crown in the family room, I decided to just cut a huge hole in the wall instead. The entire back of the house is floor to ceiling windows, and the sun shines down the basement stairs at the back and will, hopefully, extend into the new space once the hole is cut out.
In case it doesn't, I'm having 6 pot lights installed on a dimmer, as well as under-cabinet valence lighting on the kitchen cabinet wall. The cabinets will be your basic stock white. I haven't picked out the counter top yet. The room size before any work is done is about 12' x 13'. I'll lose approx. 2.5' when the closets are installed, but I'm fine with that.
I'm VERY excited about getting this construction done. I'll post updates as the work progresses.