I love doing art and music, but I also enjoy a good DIY home improvement project.  I built a mini-man cave in my old house and I’ve built a few fire pits from scratch but I have never taken on what I am about to – finishing the basement in our current house.  This is quite the challenge, but I can’t wait to get it done.

The best tool to come along in the past 15 years or so isn’t a hammer or level or tangible tool – it’s the Google’s Sketchup app.  This program is incredible, and it’s FREE!.  Sketchup is basically a light version of auto-cad, which normally retails for about $3,000.  I used Sketchup to plan out the entire layout of my basement to include the wall framing, electrical, dry walling and trim.

I am planning on putting in a dry bar with a mini-fridge around the areas where the ugly red load bearing poles are currently installed. We are only finishing one half of the basement area so it behooves us to keep it as open as possible.  I think the best way to describe all this is to show you a quick video of the sketchup model I created.

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