For those of us who live in the typical Del Ray rowhouse, we long for ideas to create more storage but not take up more room. Most of us have basements that boast some sort of hollowed out space below the stairs leading from the main floor to the basement. I’ve dreamt of turning that space into an office alcove or cutting out the wall and putting in storage like this.
But, as life got crazy, sadly I never got around to it. Have no fear though, my good friend Zach, who has a great rowhouse in Warwick Village, decided to tackle the basement project over the weekend. Yes you heard right, my overachiever (in a good way) of a friend did this in two days while his wife and cute baby girl were away.
Here is a before picture of what the wall looked like before the construction began.
After determining the size of the shelves, Zach cut away the drywall, framed up the structure with 2″x 3″ wall studs and covered the whole thing with good quality plywood and drywall (around the shelves). Zach pointed out that he used A LOT of wood for this project but it was his first time, he did it without plans, and he did it in a short amount of time.
The end product is fantastic! Note: He also decorated the little play area so it was completely ready when his little girl got home from her trip. How good is he?
So next time you see those amazing “here’s what you can do with the wall below your stairs” pictures on Pinterest, don’t just save it for a “some day when I can get a contractor” moment. Seize the day!
Posted by Sara