138 March 15, 2011

The (Mostly) Finished Basement

Ta da! Does it suddenly feel like December again? Because that’s when all of this was supposed to be finished. Here’s the floor plan:

Let’s head down the stairs to take a look around.

And now a before:

And after:



That’s as good as it gets for empty basement ‘before and after’ photos, because once we reached this stage we started moving in all of our stuff. Witness, we couldn’t even wait at this point to start filling up the storage area.

The play space used to look like this:

Now it’s a play room, and it looks like this:

And of course, we have the bathroom and laundry room sneak peeks you’ve already seen:

Our house feels so much bigger now. I think we added about 600 sq. ft. of living space to our existing 1400. Now it’s on to the fun part: decorating it!

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    modern chemistry
    March 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    i love your green floors! this gives me so much inspiration, because our basement looks an awful lot like your “before” pictures. :) way to go on making your space useful and beautiful.

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    March 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Looks fantastic! I love the white and green together, so calming and modern…have fun decorating! I know I would! :)

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    A Charmed Life
    March 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, your basement looks great! Enjoy the fruits of your labour :) Maja x

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    laura @ theshorehouse
    March 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t believe you did this with a baby and baby-on-the-way/here! :-) We’re finishing up an attic reno that’s taking fooorrrrreeevvver. And the only baby in this house is a four-legged mutt. Congratulations on an amazing reno. And isn’t it awesome how much room you add to your house? Makes it worth the work.

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    Mia Charro
    March 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

    WOWWW!!! It´s incredible! How did you do such an amazing change? Congratulations!

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    March 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Love the painted floors and am super excited to see what your creative mind comes up with!

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    March 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Nice!! Love the green floors. That’s my favorite shade of green.

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    March 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Beautiful basement! I was curious, how did you seal your floors to make sure the paint doesn’t peel? Also what did you use to prime the floor?


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    March 22, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Looks incredible. I adore how perfect everything turned out. Love the green.

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    Jennifer Baum
    April 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    How were you able to make all those great windows? (I’m guessing that the walls were underground before…is that right?)

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    April 11, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Oh my God..amazing job you did. Schocing how the place is changed now.

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    April 11, 2011 at 6:53 am

    shocking* sorry:)

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    April 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Nicole,

    Your basement is amazing! Just curious what size ceilings you have. Please let me know if you have time :)


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