I live in an old lake house with a few of my buddies. We rented it out as seniors in college and just decided to keep the place after graduation since we all landed jobs close to where our lake house is. There is a fairly large basement that at one point might have seen use as a spare downstairs apartment, but the area was in such disarray that we tended to avoid it whenever we weren’t forced to go down there to do laundry. I finally got around to thinking about it one morning and realized that if we’re going to stay in this lake house for the foreseeable future, we should treat it like the new home that it is and make as much use out of every aspect of the lake house as much as possible. That’s when it hit me–if we just spent a few weeks cleaning up the basement, painting, and maybe a tiny bit of remodeling–we could have an amazing bar and game room down there. My roommates liked the idea so we got together the following weekend to get started. In just a month we had that whole room cleaned out with a some workout device in one corner, a bar in another, as well as a pool table in the middle and a tv as well as couch off to the side. The only thing both of us needed to complete the room was a window air conditioner to keep us cool during the Summer months. We got one mounted in the small ground level window above and before we knew it everything was set and perfect in our new game room. Just a little bit of time and energy was all that was needed to turn an aged dilapidated dustbin into a full scale recreation room.