Space: This is a walk-out basement beneath an unheated 2-car garage, that I would like to make into a living space. Dimensions are currently 31 feet x 18 feet. All walls are cinderblock and the ceiling is concrete with 3 steel beams crossing the width (dotted lines on floor plan). The ceiling is low: 7’ from the floor between the beams and 6.5’ at the beams (measured allowing for insulation and electrical). There are 2 large windows on the outside wall (west) where the door is, and 2 small windows on the side wall (north), all new, so it has natural light.
Current Condition: It has been waterproofed; plumbing for a bathroom and kitchen has been roughed in, so there is both a sump pump and an ejection pump in the floor. The outside walls and ceiling have been studded (?) in preparation for electricity, insulation and paneling/drywall.
Achieve: I want only a plan for the walls, making all passageways wheelchair accessible. I want one large walk-in closet/storage area, a bedroom, and open kitchen living room combination. The bathroom configuration is limited because of the plumbing - as is the kitchen sink.
No furniture suggestions needed anywhere. Kitchen will have stools at counter, bedroom will have one bed. I have uploaded my own 2 drawings. I’m hoping someone else will have a better idea, but cannot afford an elaborate plan. I’ve been doing this in small increments for 5 years as I save up enough for each next step. I must have a plan for the electrician.
Things that cannot be changed: An ejection pump and a sump pump in the floor must be left available for access. There is a large trap door opening in the garage floor to this area on the south side - that space must be left free (denoted with a dotted X). The kitchen plumbing is on the south wall, with the bathroom wall extending about 5 feet with a vent pipe.
The concrete ceiling beams will probably not figure in to the design, but they are indicated with dotted lines on the floor plan.
Hallways and door openings should be at least 36".
Accessibility, simplicity and practicality are the basics. I am a retired single woman, early 70s living on a very tight budget. Materials and furniture will be used or recycled and will be decided at a later date.
I’ve always been happier in a smaller space and want to prepare for for whatever life deals me as I age. Accessibility is a must, in case of wheelchair use in the future.
Sliding wall panels (shoji screens) or as many interior translucent walls as possible. I prefer pocket doors to swinging doors.
Small kitchen triangle with a double sink, a side by side refrigerator and a stove. My storage needs are minimal for the kitchen - four drawers, four cabinets maybe one pull-out pantry.
Other details can be added as it evolves - it will be another 2 years at least before moving in.
I will upload 2 of my attempts to arrange the space. Accessibility is challenging.