This week, we have been reviewing Matt’s and my first basement renovation. Now it’s time for everyone’s favourite part: the befores and afters.
Here’s a reminder of where we started. The blue room before:
And here’s the no longer blue room after. The hot water tank is now accessible through louvered (vented) closet doors. The clothes closet to the left is now deep enough for a hanger.
The other side of the blue room before:
And after (slightly crooked complete with a Matt photo bomb). This nook under the stairs may look a bit tight, but a desk tucked in there perfectly and made a good study space.
The yellow room before:
The transformation in the yellow room was limited mostly to new flooring, paint and trim. Can I have a “so-long, see-ya” for that mustard paint? I did eventually say sayonara to the flourescent light fixture too, although I apparently don’t have a picture of that.
Another thing I don’t have a picture of that I really wish I did was an after of the hallway shelving area. Can you take my word for it that it looked better than this?
A few months after finishing the basement, we found the farm and listed our house for sale. By that point we had renovated it top to bottom. Within three weeks, our the house was sold.
Our first house was a good testing ground for Matt and me and prepared us for our forever house. Where, as always, the renovations continue.
This gives me hope. We just bought a house, and there are so many “surprises”. I know we can do it. Just a little hard work.
Hard work and patience. We were in our house for just over 5 years, and we didn’t do anything in the basement until our fifth year. Don’t stress yourself by trying to fix all of the “surprises” at once.
What a difference! I’m sure that had a lot to do with you selling the house so quickly.
I agree completely. I don’t think the original basement was a selling point.