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Basement: Before/After Photographs

April 19, 2012

This post is long overdue! I am still planning to write individual posts about the trim and carpet install/sub-floor, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share the before/after photos with you.

Now when I say before and after, I really mean before and (95% done, ran out of steam, broke as a joke, almost) after.

The basement renovation has been going on since November 2011 and I am WORN OUT.  Once the carpet was installed, Geoff and I sprawled out on the floor and temporarily gave in. It’s sad really because we are so close. All that’s left for the main living space is a little bit of trim (baseboards and staircase trim) and cabinet doors. The bathroom and laundry room are another story. The bathroom needs a new tile floor and tile tub surround. The laundry room needs a tile floor, counter top, storage cabinets, and new appliances. We will get to the other rooms…..later this year 🙂 I’m in full on gardening mode now so the rest of the indoor projects will have to wait for rainy days or cold weather.

I didn’t take terrific before photos- my mistake. This is what I could find in the archives:

The Beginning

In the picture above you can see couch covered in plastic. The wooden structure in the back right corner was an old canning room and the source of the basement leak  and was removed. The water heater under the window was removed and a new one was installed to the left of the giant ancient blue boiler, which you can barely see behind the white support post.

After Insulation and Framing

This picture is after framing and insulation. The water heater and canning room mentioned about are now gone. There are new walls in the right foreground for the laundry room and the left background for the boiler room.

Ta Da! This is the current state of the basement after electrical, drywall, carpet, paint and trim.  Doesn’t the space seem so much larger? Yes, that is the same couch and coffee table. We wrapped the support posts in wood for a more finished look. All of the utilities are now behind the louvered door in the boiler room, and the washer and dryer are tucked away in the laundry room.

Laundry room door

Bathroom and Boiler room door

Above you can see the staircase and the corner of the bathroom framed and insulated.

Here is the staircase after drywalled and painted. The open area in back right corner will be a storage closet. We still need to make doors.

Above is one of the windows framed out.

Below is a finished window boxed in with wood and trim.

We boxed in the beam and posts.

We plan to make a little door to cover the access to the electrical box.

We wired the basement for surround sound before putting up the drywall

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    November 18, 2013 6:49 AM

    Looks amazing! Do you know what the paint color is and who it is by – I love it!

    • November 25, 2013 11:08 AM

      I’m pretty sure it was dove grey by Behr. It’s a really neutral grey, without any pink, or green undertones.

  2. Rhonda L. permalink
    March 29, 2013 8:17 AM

    I love your couch!! Can you tell me about it & where did you get it?

    • April 9, 2013 7:48 AM

      Furniture Row about 7 years ago. I don’t think they carry it any more, but they may have something like it.

      • Rhonda Lamey permalink
        April 9, 2013 1:14 PM

        Thank you! It’s somewhere to start.

        Rhonda Sent from my iPhone

  3. 1house1couple permalink
    April 25, 2012 12:26 AM

    Rachel, It looks so clean and refreshing! I love the wall color and the door! It looks like you guys did such a great job finishing it!

    and ooooooh! surround sound!


  4. johnny51 permalink
    April 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    Looks amazing Rachel! Such a bright space!

  5. April 20, 2012 10:41 AM

    It looks great! I would never guess that’s the same space. I especially love the wall color.

  6. April 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    This has got to be one of the brightest most inviting basement spaces I’ve seen!
    It looks wonderful – a perfect place to snuggle up and watch movies. 🙂

    • April 20, 2012 11:24 PM

      Thanks so much! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Our house is really small, so it gives us the family room we didn’t have. Watching movies is souch more fun.

  7. April 20, 2012 8:29 AM

    Oh my gosh it looks amazing! I am so jealous. In order to finish our basement, we would have to dig out about 5-6 inches to make the ceiling high enough. UGH.

    • April 20, 2012 11:25 PM

      Thank you 🙂 you should check out the blog 8foot6. They dug out their basement floor so they could refinish it – nuts!

  8. April 20, 2012 12:28 AM

    Whoohoo! It looks fabulous! How awesome to have this extra finished space.


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