Lake House Basement Project Plans

A project that we have been wanting to tackle since building our Smith Mountain Lake home is to finish our basement.  That day is finally here and I am eager to share our Lake House Basement Project Plans with you.

Lake House Basement Plans

Our lake house basement is currently unfinished.  The basement at this time is used for laundry, storing tools, and is pretty much just a passageway to get to the lake.

Our plan is to turn this area into a space that we will enjoy using.  Thanks to the slope of our lot and the windows that we added to our house plan when the house was being built, this space is light filled and has beautiful views of the lake.Smith Mountain Lake home

This project wouldn’t be possible without our good friend, Jeff.  Jeff and Mr. SP have been friends since their Chicago teenage years.  We’ve attended each other’s weddings, had fun visits with each other in Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake, Chicago, and now South Carolina where Jeff and his wife have moved in recent years.  Back in our bike riding days, Mr. SP, Jeff and I did a few inn to inn bike riding tours in Vermont.

Jeff ran a very successful home remodeling company in Chicago and is now doing home inspections in South Carolina.  Jeff, Mr.SP, and I  have teamed up to tackle this project.  It is wonderful to work with a friend who is an expert at home projects.  

Let’s take a look at the current state of our basement.  

Future Family Room

When we built the house, we set up a sitting area in the future family room with odds and ends of furniture but we rarely use it.  Who wants to sit in an unfinished basement?  Not me.  The sofa mainly was used as a place to pile our outdoor cushions when we left after each weekend.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Where you see the steel beam in the ceiling will be a wall.  The area behind the wall will remain unfinished including the laundry area.  There will be a doorway to the unfinished part where you see the white pipe.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA


Here is another view of this space.  The future family room is roomy and we hope to fill it with comfortable furniture for relaxation.  Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA


For this shot, I’m standing in the future doorway to the unfinished part of the basement.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA




Three of the pieces of furniture in this picture are past blog projects:  Plow and Hearth Knockoff Chevron End Table; Nautical Themed Coffee Table Makeover; and Rocking Chair Makeover.  Also stored in the basement is a Media Cabinet Makeover with Decoupage and a Media Console built by Mr. SP.

The futon is almost 30 years old and I think it’s time for it to be passed on to a young person who needs a sofa.  It’s served us well, but it isn’t the sofa that I want to have in this space.  Really none of the above furniture is something that I want to use but I may have to until the back account recovers from this project.

This shot taken on patio shows the view that we will enjoy from our future family room.  It will be great to be able to enjoy these views year round.Patio with a view of Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia

Future Bathroom

When we had our house built, we knew that one day we would want to finish the basement, so we had a bathroom rough-in completed during the build.

You can see the rough-in for the toilet and shower below.  Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA


To the right of the steel beam there will be a short hallway with a door to the bathroom on the right and a linen closet on the left.  The space behind the bathroom will remain unfinished.  

This bathroom is going to be super handy when we are enjoying time on our patio or dock.  No more going upstairs for a bathroom visit once this basement bathroom is complete.

Bottom of the Steps

The room to the right of the staircase will also be finished.  A wall with a doorway will be constructed just past the white cooler that you see in the picture below.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA


Currently this area is a dumping ground for coolers, furniture that I’m not using, and a refrigerator that we usually keep in our boat house.  We move it from the boat house to indoors in late fall each year.  This year we never moved it back to the boathouse.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA


The diagonal boards on the staircase were placed there by the builder so that the steps would pass inspection.

These boards will be removed and replaced with something more attractive.

Extra room

We are very excited to add an extra room to our home.  This will make it much easier to accommodate family and friends when they come to visit.

A wall and closet will be located along the steel beam.  You can see the unfinished laundry area in the background.  Jeff plans to add a new light to that area and I’m excited for that.  Hopefully in the future we can finish that space.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA




The extra room has one small window and one larger one.  There is an alcove in the window area and I plan to make this part of the room either a sitting area or perhaps build a window seat there.Unfinished basement at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

This is a very exciting project and I look forward to sharing the progress that we make with you.

As we work on this project, I am sharing all of the details in my Instastories.  If you are an Instagram user, I’d love for you to follow along with our project.

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    1. Thank you, Rita! We got a lot accomplished in the 10 days that Jeff was with us but there is still a lot more to do. We may have to get him to visit again for more help. It’s wonderful to have someone in the business to lead the project.


  1. Our everyday home is on the lake and we have a walk out basement that we’ve been working on finishing off for YEARS! We do have the bathroom finished and we have the rest of the room all mapped out but got stuck on the flooring– it wasn’t easy finding something that would look nice and would hold up well to both sand and water. Best of luck with your plans!!

    1. Thank you, JoAnne! The bathroom is the room that I also want to finish first. I picked out a hardwood laminate that we are going to use in the entire finished space. I hope to share it soon on the blog. Which lake are you lucky to live on full time?


      1. We found a hardwood laminate recently that we’re planning on using too. We had wanted hardwood ceramic flooring but with such a large area we weren’t sure we were up to it. The laminate is waterproof (we actually took a sample home and soaked it in water for 24 hours to see what would happen and my husband tried striking it the blade of his knife a few times to see how easily sand and grime might scratch it. It seems like it will hold up well.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! The lake is definitely our happy place. We enjoy that pretty view in every season. Jeff was amazing and we were sad when his week with us was over.


  2. Yes, very exciting !! Your already beautiful lake house is going to be even better. I can’t wait to see it ! Susan Louise

    1. Thank you, Julie! It was so much fun to watch the progress on this space and help when I could. We are nearing a stage where I can really get my hands dirty. I wasn’t much help with electrical or HVAC work.


    1. It sure is, Liberty. It’s amazing what we accomplished in a week. The work will slow down now that we’ll only be able to work on it on the weekends.


  3. Very lovely places..My Family are planning to have vacation his coming week…Thank you for sharing this lovely blogs!Keep on posting please..


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