Our fourth home reminds me of a comment from the Simpsons, "Who wants another bite of banality?" That pretty much sums up this 1978 ranch home. It wasn't what we wanted for style, location, etc, but the price was right.
Back Before - The back of the house was as ugly as the front, maybe even a little worse
After - Not photoshopped, just neat evening light.
Living Room Before
Kitchen Before - So much ugliness packed into 72 sq ft
Master Bedroom After
The basement was partially finished but we had to tear down the drywall and correct the layout. This is the "den" at the bottom of the stairs.
Office Before - The most finished space in the basement was still very poorly done.
Future bathroom - Plumbing in place but unusable.
Bathroom After - Light, bright and modern
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…