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A Totally New Kind of Project

Now that you’ve seen the finished work in the basement it’s time to head upstairs for a new project. Since buying our first home a dozen years ago we’ve done four kitchens, nine bathrooms and innumerable other projects both small and large. But this time we’re trying something totally new: a nursery.
We’re not really sentimental, emotional people so I wanted to create a calm, useful space instead of packing this small room with all sorts of decorative baby crap paraphernalia. Some friends were nice enough to give us their spare crib, I found the rocking recliner at a thrift store and we already had the fireplace and the dresser that we are using as a changing table.
We did add a few decorative elements to dress up the space, a mirror that was too large to use in the basement bathroom, some curtains and a few moose prints for the walls. Once the kiddo is old enough to have a personality and interests of her own we can find some decorations she enjoys. For now I might as well have s…
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Basement Bathroom Reveal

The basement bathroom has gone through multiple phases since we bought the house. It started as space that was totally open to the rest of the basement, but at least the plumbing was in place. During the many months when the first floor was out of commission we used it as a temporary kitchen. It then became my office But eventually we were able to turn it into an actual, functional bathroom. Most of the items in this bathroom were clearance finds or leftover from other projects, but they actually work together pretty well. Though not my favorite layout it is clean, bright and feels spacious. Luke and I love the shower tile.  It's has a glossy, easy to clean surface and the vertical orientation should keep the grout lines from holding water.  Luke started finding excuses to shower down here even before the bathroom was finished.
I think we need a cabinet over the toilet for storage. I've been keeping my eyes out for the right one but it will be hard to find one that matches the …

Family Room Before and After

When we bought the house the basement was classified as unfinished. The previous owners had made a haphazard effort to convert some of it into living space, but the carpentry was so bad that you would have to be drunk to consider it livable. From what we have heard about the previous owners drunk was probably how the work was done. Anyway, this space at the bottom of the stairs was used as two bedrooms; one directly in front of you and the other through the door to the left. We moved the bedrooms to the far corner of the basement so they could share an egress window well and used the two bedrooms as one large media room. The tray ceiling hides the pipes for the radiant floor heat and also distracts the eye from the beam running down the middle of the room. While we needed the tray in in one spot for practical reasons running it all the way around the room created a nice visual effect. The basement stays comfortably warm from the radiant heat for the 1st floor but we also added a ga…

We Suddenly Have a Family Room

The last time I posted any photos of the family room it looked like this We cleaned it up a bit in preparation for the drywall And then I didn't bother to take any photos until we had the carpet installed. We're not finished yet.  We still need to finish the fireplace and get some trim installed, but the room is looking infinitely better.

Laundry Room Evolution

After four houses Luke and I have changed.  Our tastes and ideas have evolved.  Our abilities and budgets have increased along the way and I think this is most obvious in the evolution of our laundry rooms
Rapid City, SD Before - Our first home had a large laundry room.  With so many holes in the walls we had a lot of mice to contend with at first. After - Although the room was spacious we had almost no storage.  Luke was in college and I was paying his tuition so there wasn't a lot of money left over for cabinets.  It was my first time laying tile and I was immediately hooked.

Wenatchee, WA Our second house had a very small, very gross laundry room.  The wall was full of mold and the gap under the door did nothing to keep mice out.  We removed the window so we could stack the washer and dryer.

The stacked washer/dryer allowed space for a few cabinets and a drying rack.  Because the laundry room was directly off the kitchen we matched the cabinet and countertops for continuity.

But…

Laundry Room Before & After

Three years ago the laundry room was just a messy corner of the basement. We turned one wall into a large utility closet which made for a smaller laundry room, but left it looking cleaner. Eventually the little room got a new window, lights and insulation. A few weeks later the room was finished.  The floor tile was a clearance find for $.57 per sq ft.  We bought it three years ago and have moved the boxes at least a dozen times over the last three years.
 Last year I debated buying a premade laundry room sink and cabinet from Costco but balked at the $299 price tag.  Instead we bought cherry cabinets from craigslist, a sink and faucet from Restore and I built the countertop out of sheetformica.  Total cost $245.
The pattern on the formica can hide just about anything. That $245 price tag also includes the cabinet on the other side of the room over the freezer.  I had LED undercabinet lighting leftover from the kitchen.  I had to buy an $8 power supply from Amazon but it was worth it …

Building the Basement Bedrooms

When I last posted I shared photos of the framed basement bedrooms I'm pleased to report that the bedrooms are looking a little more complete.
 The window seats provide the perfect little reading nook and will also make it easier to get out of the egress windows in an emergency.
The bedrooms will now be ignored for months until we get the carpet installed.  There's a lot to do in the rest of the basement until then.