Thursday, April 14, 2011

Basement!

We began working on turning part of our basement into a habitable space back in early 2009. It took a long time, but now the walls are built, the ceiling is in, painting is done, the carpet is here! The basement finally looks like a real room! A real room with some questionable furniture, but a real room nonetheless!

Here is a before picture (from before we moved in) (you can read the post and see the pics from way back when we started here).


And here's how it looks today:




We plan to replace the ugly folding table with a desk and put a bookcase behind it to hold the various toys that are bound to migrate in here. The projector and screen need to be hung and the speakers need to have something complicated done to them. Clearly I need a real chair, and the walls need some artwork. But that stuff could take another two years, so for now we're basking in the joy of having a space that doesn't feel like a haven for hundreds of centipedes who are waiting to pounce. I'm so happy that we're finally here! Phew!



10 comments:

John said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Quite the turnaround from the original picture. one problem, with Ben's (I assume) 'work desk' facing the TV, he's going to get nothing productive done whilst it's on :)
If it's a leisure computer though, then it's all good :D

Nice work.

Ali said...

Wow Lou! It looks amazing! It is actually unrecognisable from when you started! X

Kate said...

Simply amazing!! You didn't use a contractor at all?

Mrs Chronic-Shock said...

Wowsa! That room looks great! Good job guys :)

Gena said...

Glorious! Excellent work! Makes me want to start a house project...

The Fat Mess said...

good work lou, I would feel honoured to be allowed to sleep on its floor this time, rather then the randon concrete you abandoned me to last time I was over :)

Louise said...

Thanks everyone!

Kate - the drywall guy (he is so awesome) did the drywall on the walls and ceiling, and he did the trim. Home depot did the carpet :-)

Lori said...

I propose that we have a Game Night in your finished basement and let the children play in your manicured backyard :)

Michelle said...

Yea! Isn't it awesome to finish a basement? =) We did ours several years ago...took two years but was worth it. Contracted out for some of the harder stuff like taping/mudding and carpet installation, but my husband did a lot of the work. Congratulations =) I'm sure the girls love having the space to play! (We just got some IKEA bookshelves for part of our basement, and we felt like it was a totally new room, too!)

Tanya Cothran said...

Wow! What a transformation! Congratulations on getting that finished.