Basement Bathrooms Laundry Room

Basement Progress

The walls are framed, the floors have been leveled, and much of the electrical work has been done. Our glass block windows are also in place, and most of the plumbing work is finished. Some of the heating ducts need to be moved, and I think there is more electrical work to be done, but supposedly we will be getting drywall very soon.

Hello, future laundry room and half-bath.

Hello, future lovely basement.

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  • meg w.
    November 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I know this has probably already been answered but how tall are the ceilings in your basement? I am so excited to see the finished product!

    • Making it Lovely
      November 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      They’re just over seven feet high, and a bit over six feet in the lowest spots. Not grand, but certainly livable.

      • meg w.
        November 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

        Oh thats great! We are dealing with about 7′ in an old house we are looking to buy… Dealing with low ceilings is a fun challenge to me so I can’t wait to see how you finish yours out. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Kerry
    November 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    WOW, that’s some serious progress! Amazing how much gets done when you hire people instead of DIYing it. Hopefully you’re hiring painters to prime the drywall because that’s one boring job.

  • Kristen
    November 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Looks like things are moving along well!! Such an exciting time for you!

  • Sandra
    November 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Wow, nothing is quite as exciting as a completely blank canvas!

  • Lindsey
    November 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Did you contract someone to level the floors? How long did it take? My basement needs that badly.

    • Making it Lovely
      November 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      We hired one contractor who has in turn managed all of the others (for plumbing, electricity, floor leveling, and heating).

      The floors only took one day. The whole house was covered in dust from the cement being ground down, and then the guy poured some sort of self-leveling viscous liquid which was mostly dry by the next day.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    November 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    So exciting…can’t wait to see more!!

  • casey
    November 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    lookin good! i bet you can’t wait until the finished product!

  • erin m.
    November 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Sigh! I would love to have a laundry room someday!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the process and transformation!

  • Danielle@Newlyweds Paradise
    November 24, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Goodbye creepy basement! I love that you guys are making use of the wasted space. Basements are fun to make over!

  • bungalowbliss
    November 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

    So exciting! That’s some fast progress!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    November 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

    So exciting!

  • Evelyn
    November 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Did you consider a recessed ceiling where possible? I used to think that tray ceiling lighting was tacky until I saw some cramped spaces completely transformed. Definitely creates a sense of height.

    I’m impressed how quickly you two are moving along with the basement.

  • Rebecca
    November 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Looks amazing!!! What did you decide to go with as flooring besides that fabulous tile? Are you going to stay with concrete or lay something over it? I am very curious- will be moving soon into our first home which has a finished basement completely covered in carpet. We plan on ripping that up…and are undecided between a few things: polished concrete, some kind of tile, or vinyl flooring! Your basement progress is very inspiring.

    • Making it Lovely
      November 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      We haven’t decided anything yet for the floor. Probably paint in a fun color for now?

      • Rebecca
        December 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

        Oooooh a glossy paint color would be cool! Thanks for sharing…can’t wait to see more results!

  • jbhat
    November 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Do they make a self-leveling viscous liquid for the lines in my forehead? :) Besides Botox, I mean?

    Love the progress!! So much fun to see.


  • ell.uu
    November 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    our basement looked identical about a year and a half ago. it was a loooooong process but worth every penny. we added a bedroom, bathroom, and playroom/family room in ours and we spend most of our time down there. good luck!

  • kate
    November 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    You’re an “expat,” Nicole?

    I know you guys live somewhere in Illinois, but where are you from? I guess I just assumed you’re American. The dining room looks lovely and bright!

  • Kelly V
    November 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Looking great! This Florida girl has basement envy!

  • Yvonne
    November 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I’m having flashbacks to our first home…when we purchased it the basement was not finished…what a fun project. Enjoy!

  • Double Glazing Coventry
    November 29, 2010 at 7:23 am

    It looks like a big basement and the plan of it makes me really curious how the finished product will be. Building a basement always takes a long time to be done but worth working for. I’m looking forward with the interior, how will it looks like? Have you come up of the idea how will be the interior design looks like?

  • Aimee
    December 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    How exciting! It must be so much fun to know that you will soon have an entirely new space to decorate and make your own. I’m jealous!!

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  • edward
    April 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I am excited to see the finished products if you can. I am planning something along these lines too.