My basement has 3 sections. At the bottom of the stairs is an area with the washing machine and dryer, next to that is a somewhat finished room (that I am renovating) for an office and then there is an opening that goes to the other part of the basement with the furnace, water tank, electrical panel, etc. In renovating this office, I have been thinking about taking down the walls that separate the laundry area from the office and make it one big area. I am thinking this would be nice to allow natural light from both of the windows to really brighten the area during the day. Also, these walls are making these areas seem small. The only thing I am thinking is how to transition from a studded and dry walled wall to the concrete basement wall. Below I drew a little picture. I want to take out the walls with the "X". My thoughts are to also laminate the rest of the floor. Maybe a header where the old wall used to be.