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Basement Reveal!!

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Here is another overdue post.  The basement has been fully functional since July.  There were some finishing touches that we only recently completed, so I was waiting for that before doing the “reveal” post.  We have been using the basement regularly since July though and I can tell you, it is awesome.

In my last post, we had just completed putting the lament wood floors down.  We needed to complete the moulding in the laundry room.  We did that next before installing the utility sink in the laundry room.  A little plumbing was needed to hook everything up, but all in all, it went smoothly.

Molding in the laundry room

Molding in the laundry room

The supply line and drain pipes waiting for the sink to be installed

The supply line and drain pipes waiting for the sink to be installed

Jim installing the sink!

Jim installing the sink!

 

After the sink was installed, the majority of the basement was complete.  We had the carpet guys come and install the carpet in the second half of the basement.  We already had the TV hooked up and a new couch.  We went to IKEA and got a media stand that Jim figured out how to install against the wall (so it is “floating”).  Jim also worked on installing his heavy punching bag to hang from the ceiling so that it would be as quiet as possible while he worked out.  Once all of these things were finished, we took a few months off.

The finishing touches had to do with the railing and guard rail by the stairs.  We needed to install a railing on one side and guard rail on the half wall.  Jim didn’t want nails to show on the railing and it took some time to figure out the best way to install the guard rail.  This is part of the reason we didn’t finish it right away – the other part was the laziness of summer.  Installing the long railing wasn’t too difficult and just required a lot of measuring and some painting.

Railing before the paint

Railing before the paint (sneak preview of the carpet too!)

After much debate, Jim decided to use screws to install the guard rail.  He decided to drill a large hole before the screw, so that he could cover up the screw by placing a wood cover over the hole.  It worked even better than we could have imagined.  The guard rail went up securely and there were no visible screws anywhere.

Two of the holes where the screws secured the railling

Two of the holes where the screws secured the railling

The other hole for another screw

The other hole for another screw

Railing in place

Railing in place

Full view of the guard rail

Full view of the guard rail

Wood covers in place and painted - no screws in sight!

Wood covers in place and painted – no screws in sight!

Hole be gone!

Hole be gone!

Posts up and painted - it was Jim's idea to use the dark gray for the posts - looks amazing of course!

Posts up and painted – it was Jim’s idea to use the dark gray for the posts – looks amazing of course!

 

Now what you have all been waiting for…the reveal!!

 

From the top of the stairs, looking down the tunnel to the basement

The old stairway looking from the top of the stairs into basement

New view from the top of the stairs - a lot brighter! (Not to mention the less squeaky, more secure stairs underneath the carpet)

New view from the top of the stairs – a lot brighter! (Not to mention the less squeaky, more secure stairs underneath the carpet)

The original stairs, take note of the carpet on the sides

Old view from the bottom of the stairs – notice the ugly carpet

New view from the bottom of the stairs!

New view from the bottom of the stairs!

Another view - we created the half wall which opens up the space a lot more

Another view – we created the half wall which opens up the space a lot more

It also allows for the amazing new railing

It also allows for the amazing new railing

The hallway leading towards the laundry room

Old  hallway leading towards the laundry room – we completely got rid of these walls to open up the space

View 2 of room #1

The basement used to be split up into two rooms – this was a view from the first one from the hallway

Room #2

This was a view of the second one from the hallway

Doors to the laundry room and room #2

This was the end of the hallway to the laundry room – now all completely different!

This is the old "first room" - now the lounging area of the basement

This is the old “first room” – now the lounging area of the basement

View of the "second room" - still from the bottom of the stairs. Without the hallway, the whole room is open. This is our gym section of the basement

View of the “second room” – still from the bottom of the stairs. Without the hallway, the whole room is open. This is our gym section of the basement

A view from the gym

A view from the gym

Another view

Another view

The new doorway to the laundry room

The new doorway to the laundry room

View into the laundry room

View into the laundry room

The basement is bright, new, and a place you want to spend time in now!  I did not do a full reveal of the laundry room because there are still things we need to finish in there that are not high priority (drop ceiling, closet doors, closet racks, etc).  Once we get around to it, I will do a new post just for the laundry room.  I also want to give credit where credit is due – in May, Jim became very motivated to finish the basement. This was about the same time that we found out I was pregnant.  While I struggled through first trimester exhaustion and nausea, Jim spent many hours working alone in the basement.  We are a team through our DIY projects but Jim really picked up all of my slack towards the end of this project.  He is so talented and amazing, it is not surprising we ended up with such an incredible result!

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5 responses »

  1. Gorgeous renovation! For some reason, this one really gets me! Maybe I AM CRAZY!!! I love the gym and hang out area and it will be great as the kids (Whoa..exciting) grow up. What a fabulous team you are! I really enjoy these updates! XOXO Soon-to-be Auntie Jo Jo

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  2. Congratulations on both projects!!!

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  3. You two really are a great team! What an amazing project you took on and did a fabulous job, just in time to enjoy those babies! Xo Cindy Smith

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