partyraum im keller6 - Party room in the basement

Party room in the basement

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Due to the current mild winter, I’m torn as to whether I should start gardening or start building the party room in the house. My original plan was to work exclusively outside in summer and exclusively indoors in winter.

However, the party room is firmly planned for this year as several events are planned. So I’m going to start converting the old cellar into a stylish and functional lounge.


Party room in the basement – initial situation

I put the new cellar door in today. This replaces the old side entrance door. The expansion of the new estate agent’s office also progressed well. In this article, I would like to write something about the current status of the party cellar.

The aim is to convert the large arched cellar into a communal room or, to use a more modern term, a party cellar. In addition to a bar and seating area, there is of course a TV and proper music supply.

But first I would like to bring out the old pictures again to show what the cellar used to look like:

 



 

The room with a size of approx. 6 x 5 meters plus of the round arch is entered from the main cellar. Just to the left of the door is the Wolf gas combi boiler for the second apartment on the first floor.

There is another door in the right-hand wall that leads to my workshop. There are two window openings in the round arch. The floor is poured concrete and the entire room is relatively dry.

In the course of our conversion, this cellar was already used as a workshop and storage room. But now it is to become a party cellar.


 

Dry construction in the party cellar

After I had completely cleared out the cellar, I knocked all the plaster off the walls, cleaned the bricks and then gave them a good coat of primer.

The brick walls looked nice, but there was no way for me to hide the cables for electricity, network and satellite. As the pipes for heating and water were also run through the cellar, I had to install a drywall to conceal them.

The two long sides were covered with 10 mm plasterboard drywall. The cables for electrics, network, audio and satellite as well as the water pipes were laid behind the plasterboard and are therefore no longer visible.

As the heating pipes for the apartment on the first floor were installed on the ceiling, I suspended them. However, I decided not to suspend the ceiling completely at one height but to do this in two stages.

For example, the ceiling on the east side is lower than in the rest of the room due to the heating pipes. I then pulled this lower suspension up to in front of the two windows to create an “L”.


 

LED lighting in the party room

I then installed four LED spotlights in the lower suspended ceiling above the bar. There are three of them at the window. The larger, slightly higher suspended ceiling area was then fitted with ten LED spotlights and a central lamp connection.

The lighting above the bar and the window front can be switched separately via a light switch on the bar. The ten ceiling spots and the single lamp are switched on and off via two separate circuits directly at the input.

This gives me the opportunity to create the right light for every situation.

 


 

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For the LED technology, I immediately opted for 230V technology as an additional 12V transformer is, in my opinion, an unnecessary source of error.

I installed the GU10 LED spotlights directly into the brushed stainless steel brackets using the appropriate adapters and connected them in parallel within the circuit. So if one lamp fails, the others will continue to work.

Thanks to the suspended ceiling, I was able to lay the necessary power cables to all the required locations without any problems.

 



 

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Building a bar counter in the party room

The bar is built partly with aerated concrete blocks and partly with plasterboard. The two counters are one meter high and the worktop behind them is a good 70 cm high.

I now have enough space under the worktop for dishes, glasses and other utensils.

With two double sockets, the power supply at the bar should also be guaranteed. I installed another socket under the worktop. I can connect a drinks refrigerator here later.

On the north wall of the bar I installed a small tiled backsplash as this is where the new washbasin will be installed later. Incidentally, after 5 years of building a house, this was my first completely independent tiling project.


 

Non-woven wallpaper in the party room

The remaining walls were embellished with non-woven wallpaper. The long sides were given a subtle black for this purpose, which goes really well with the white ceiling.

I first primed the plasterboard walls and painted them with a black paint. This means that the transitions between the individual wallpaper panels are completely invisible.

The bar, in turn, was covered in a golden non-woven wallpaper with a reptile skin look. Since I cut the wallpaper flush with the edge on the left and right of the bar, the result is a rather unattractive picture that I still have to rework.

I will then glue an angle profile in the matching color (brass) here. In addition to the more attractive visual finish, the plasterboard edges are also better protected.

I leveled the floor with a leveling compound so that I could build on a flat surface. I go into this topic in more detail in the article Fresh color in the party room.

 


 

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My name is Maik and I have been writing this construction diary since 2008. In addition to my family and job, the expansion and renovation of our art nouveau villa is an important part of my life. Here in the blog I share my experiences. Attention: Some of the linked products are affiliate links. If you order the products through the links, I will be supported with a commission. This has no effect on your price.

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