Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Basement Renovation!

Do you have a room or space in your home that stores all your junk? A space that people rarely see? A space that you avoid like the plague? It might be your garage, a spare room, a closet or, for's the BASEMENT!

I avoid going down there because it's dark, gross, dirty, cellar-like, messy, get the picture. Mr. Fix-It does most of the laundry so he has to experience it more than me. Here it is....gasp!
Since we bought our house, Mr. Fix-It has been dying to renovate the basement. There were so many other things we needed to do to our home before the basement that I pushed back for awhile. Then, while on maternity leave, I felt the need for more space. I needed a space for them to go when I was trying to get dinner on the table, a space that we could store all their toys without having to stare at them from my living room, a space that we could all gather as a family and watch tv together without feeling like we were on top of each other.

Obviously we love to renovate ourselves, but with both of us working full time we've decided to hire a contractor for all the nitty gritty tough stuff. The basement is old, super old, like 100 year-old-house-old. It needs mega love from chipping floor to walls to insulation, electrical to new venting. Mucho work. We're hoping to start it in the next 6 weeks or so. First, we need to get rid of, and organize, all the stuff! We have boxes down there that we haven't opened since we moved...what's in them? Ummm, not sure.

Someone before us obviously added this carpet (God knows how long ago?!) and drywalled some of the walls...yikes!

See those black bags? Mr. Fix-It has already begun to take down walls!? That's going out on the curb tomorrow for garbage day.

Honestly, what are all those wires? Have you seen a more disorganized electrical panel? At one point our house had knob & tube wiring which is a no-no. When the electrical was upgraded they just cut the knob & tube and left the wires! Random.

So there, I let you in to our dirty little house secret. The basement. However, I'm very excited to get it moving and to share it all with you. We need a laundry room, storage, bathroom, tv room & play area. Soon the fun part begins...choosing all the pretty finishes :)

Any favourite design trends you're loving right now that you want to share with me? I thinking a sliding barn door for the laundry, maybe some herringbone tiling in the bathroom, white built-ins and grey flooring. FUN! I've started a "Basement Inspiration" board on Pinterest.

Here we go!

Keep it Beautiful.


  1. Can't wait to see all of the changes you make. There are so many things I'd love to change about our home. I will have to live vicariously through your posts. The refurbished sliding barn door and herring bone in the bathroom are an absolute must! Beautiful!!!

  2. Oh my gosh - good luck with your basement renovation! Our home is from the 1880's but luckily has been renovated to our taste... I just look at your pictures and feel overwhelmed so good on you for tackling all of this!

  3. Oh I can't wait to see the after! Our basement is a disaster and I have no idea where to start. Maybe with a fire. :) Good on you for taking yours on!


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