Basement Remodel Progress So Far


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December 9 (today):

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  • sunny
    December 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    WOW that’s a lot of progress! I’m still amazed at the amount of items you had to carry out of the basement to even get the remodel started!

    Thought of you as I’ll be at IKEA in Schaumburg yet again this Saturday morning with my sister in law. We’re getting some surprise items for a family member….and rain or snow, we’ll be at IKEA.

  • Kate
    December 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Must be exciting to think about what you’re going to do with the new space!

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    December 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    woah this is so cool! the bones are up! It’s def on it’s way =) Can’t wait to follow along and see the final results! <3

    best of luck!


  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    December 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Hooray for progress!!! I just can’t wait to see more…

  • Karina
    December 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    It looks exhausting!! I hope your pregnancy is going great because it must be draining to have to even look at everything going on.

  • Lila Ferraro
    December 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    We finished our basement last summer. What a project! Isn’t it amazing how framing can totally bring the idea to life?! Good luck!
    Lila Ferraro

  • Laura
    December 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Lookin’ good. Say, what is your ceiling height from concrete to ceiling joists? What will the finished ceiling height be?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      About 7′ (6.5′ under the soffits).

  • Jacky
    December 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am so envious of that empty basement picture, I am still on the before picture. LONG way to go, but this gives me hope!

  • Hadley
    December 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats on the progress! But what I really came to ask is: Have you seen this?

  • Michelle Harrison
    December 10, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I love the box that reads ORGANIZE in the first picture! You must be excited to have progressed so far. Aren’t you already working on a very important creative process? ;-)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I know, isn’t that funny? Yep, I’m gathering ideas and playing around with designs.

  • Leanne
    December 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

    i love a great transformation…nothing can beat that of an unfinished basement. can’t wait to see the finished product. my only advice is to make sure that the space is well heated. not much fun if you’re freezing down there!

  • Evelyn
    December 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Make sure you mark where all the water pipes are running so you don’t damage them when you add trim or do any cutting/nailing in the drywall later on.

  • Anna (twelve22)
    December 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’m so jealous! I’ve got a full basement that I’d love to see finished off some day. But for now, I’ll have to make do with watching your progress!

  • freckles chick
    December 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Nicole! We’re going thru a similar basement reno ourselves! Can’t wait to see how your space progresses. (And a belated congrats on expecting baby #2!)

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  • Laura
    December 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Did your contractor grind down the floor? Was your floor sloped in places or were you just trying to address the evenness of the new concrete patches?