Remodeled basement space brings family together

Remodeled basement space brings family together

Angie’s List member Shelby Stroud needed more space. With a husband, five kids (ages three to 15), a Newfoundland dog, and out-of-town family members due to visit throughout the summer, she knew her four-bedroom home in O’Fallon, Illinois, wouldn’t hold everybody. So she planned to remodel her partially finished basement into an extravagant refuge, complete with craft room, guest room, family room and home theater.

“We’ve lived in the house for six years, and I probably spent an hour total in the basement during that time,” Stroud says. “It was kind of creepy.”

To get rid of the creepy factor, Stroud says they planned a space that everyone in the family would use and enjoy. Her husband insisted on a home theater, while she designed the perfect craft room. “I live in there,” she says. “I’m a graphic designer, but my passion is fine art. Since we put in the craft room, I’ve delved into so much design and art. It makes me so happy.”

Stroud says highly rated Johnson Construction of Caseyville, Illinois, also mounted a TV in the wall across from the craft room so her husband could watch his programs and she could craft without being separated. “We can be together, but still do what we each wants,” she says.

The family also loves the built-in bunk beds. “We need to sleep as many as we can,” she says. “I have five brothers and sisters and my husband has four. When we were planning the space with Jesse [Johnson, company owner], that cove was the perfect size. People love to visit now, and nothing makes me happier.”

The entire basement remodel, from planning to completion, took six months and cost $100,000, but Stroud says it was worth every penny. “Before we remodeled, we were all in separate places,” she says. “Now, we’re together all the time. We watch movies and play games. We build forts and run around and we couldn’t do that stuff before. We’re a happy family!”


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