Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Basement

Until I moved to WA and bought this house, I don't know that I had ever been in a basement.  In California, we don't have basements....we have attics and garages, but no basements.  I understand, they can be kind of dark, a little scary, ours has even been referred to as the "dungeon".  Yes, it is underground and a little mysterious, but hey, we have come to appreciate the beauty of a basement.  It stores your stuff, it keeps your kids toys out of the living room, and it stays really cool during the hot summer.

2011 is the year of the basement...we want to make it bright and liveable and a place where we can enjoy, watch movies and entertain.  First up, the family room. 

Demo..done!  Remember that lovely wood paneling and dropped ceiling...all gone.
I'm laughing at all the random things in the room...the bumbo, the recliner, the tea cup

New electrical...I know, so exciting right?

The old lighting and the lovely laminate flooring...oooh ahhh.  Soon to be replaced by carpet, my feet feel warmer already!

Next up, insulation,drywall, and paint...oh my!  It's a process people, a very lengthy one.  At times I feel like home owning is a little over rated and lotsa work but the outcome will be worth the effort says my always-positive husband.  Gotta love him!


cortney said...

I agree how it can be overated, but Brian is right. Its all the inbetween is the hard part! You will be enjoying that basement in no time!

Andrea H said...

Oooooh I love it! but where's the swing??? Such fun memories with the red head! I can't wait to get back up there after it's all done :) Miss you!!! xoxo

Hucks in the Hood said...

I love it too... and I love having a basement! That was our first project when we moved into our house (ours was totally unfinished - so it was a HUGE endeavor!) but we've never looked back! Now it would be really hard to live in a house without a basement!!! Excited to see pics of the finished projects!

Happy Hollie said...

I LOVE your basement! :)

The Parsons' blog said...

It's going to be AWESOME! And all that space?!?! It'll be great. We have high hopes of finishing off our bonus room upstairs... there is a part of me that wishes we did the basement deal with our house...sigh... It's almost like you need to build a house and then build another one to get it right. :) And hey, my parents have a stellar basement. Basements are cool.