Thursday, May 27, 2010

Updating our Abode - The Basement Part 2

Need to catch up? Here's where we were on my last post about updating our basement.  We had a nice large walk-out basement that was badly partially finished. The layout wasn't working at all and we weren't taking advantage of the space's full potential. On our wishlist: bigger family/play space, home office, powder room, more storage and a snack center.
                                         The giant dumpster(the ladder was too hard to resist!)
So began the demo...I don't have any demo pics but this is after the demo and as the framing was going up. We removed a half wall next to the staircase to open it up and not feel so tunnel-like as we came downstairs. By "we" I mean our contractor.  Through the doorway here was the future office (what used to be two big storage closets).

This wasn't a typical basement refinish, we had to completely demo and start over. 
(more on that later)
Now we had dry wall!  The columns still needed to be dealt with. This view is from the previous two offices looking into the previous unfinished area (that had French doors?!)
In the far left corner is the new powder room (it had an existing window).
And this is the view from the opposite side of the room (looking from the new powder room back to the old office...the other window)
The new office with the drywall up(and working lights). It was a good thing we completely demo'd because the wiring and phone system were a hot mess-DIY'ing at its worst!
Now the columns were boxed in and you can see the new closet over to the far right next to the French doors.
Here's a close up of the powder room.

Everything all drywalled, taped and joint compounded(?).
The office got it's own new French door.
We also found out that the old double French doors were warped and in bad shape so we had to replace them (surprise!). The molding went up around the columns and the base boards were installed also.
Here's another view, the door to the left of the powder room goes into the new unfinished space-for storage and utilities.  A few of the doors were hung.

We were on the home stretch now!!


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Life in Rehab said...

Ah, the decorative yard dumpster...your basement remodel, however, is really nice so far. And I'll bet you have after pictures in your back pocket, don't you?

Mel said...

Heather, this is outstanding! A major undertaking but the space is going to be amazing. I look forward to the finished room and then watch as you set to work putting your personal stamp on the decor. I just know it will be fabulicious!

Unknown said...

Wow, that is a big job and a big space! We don't really have basements here in Australia! I wish we did the extra space would be great! I am looking forward to seeing the end results! xx

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

We actually did this two years ago..I'm just catching up.

Yellow House said...

I am so impressed!!! Can't wait to see how it turned out!

The Mommy said...

Phew, looks like some project but what a huge potential it's got. can't wait to see what you do with it!

Rachelle said...

I'm so jealous! Our basement ceiling is so low we could never finish it off :( Yours is looking mighty beautiful!

Lisa said...

Saying hi from NFF...your basement progress is looking great! What a huge job, but it looks like it's going pretty well! GL getting it finished!

Kate said...

This looks amazing! Can't wait to see the final pictures!

Chelsea@ThisFreshFossil said...

I can't wait to see it finished! I am super-impressed that you guys took it all the way down to the studs. Whoa. When we remodeled our basement, we stopped just short of that. And it was still a pain-in-the-behind. But we love it now, and that's what counts (right?!). :) I'm sure you guys are loving your basement redo, too!


Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow - this is looks fabulous! I just love the columns and the office door! Gorgeous! I can not wait to see this finish space..I bet you are so excited. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Amanda said...

This is going to be awesome when you get done. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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