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The beginning basement rehab…..

For those of you who who didn’t see my Facebook update, I finished my book! I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I made this announcement.Sunday night I submitted the last of everything and it was so exciting to get the e-mail on Monday that we are now moving into the editing phase and it goes to print in July! I feel like I have finally returned to the land of the living!

The first thing I did was fold a mountain of laundry. The next thing I am going to do is schedule a massage. 🙂

We also finally started work on the downstairs!!!

Since it was completely gutted,we decided it was a good time to add a playroom for the kids and make the lounging area separate.

This way we can also make them a craft area. And when they make a mess,CLOSE the DOOR.

Basement 1First we played with the area and how big we want it by taping out the floor with painter’s tape.

Don’t you just love a 1950’s floor? At one time, they painted it green,put down linoleum, and then painted that the same color of green.

Mind boggling. Who ever lived here at one time really looooooved green.

basement 2I wanted it big enough that we could put a bed and nightstand in there if we ever needed to, or it would make a great smaller office. But I also wanted to keep the main area a nice size too.

framed basement 3We framed out the space and  angled the door so it didn’t eat up a lot of area.

Framed basement 4I found a long, newer window at the Restore for $35. I wanted a transom style window in the wall to let light from one room to another.

transom window in basementThe drywall has been going up this week!  I can’t wait to show you my inspiration boards even though I am still a long way out. I can dream right?

It is so exciting to see progress happening.

I  have mudding and taping on the agenda for this weekend.

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  1. First time to your blog and I am so glad that I stopped by! I want to finish my basement and you’ve just given me two great inspirations — a transom window and angling the doors. What wonderful ideas! Our basement is a walk-up

    I can’t wait to see your progress as we would like to do most of the work ourselves!

  2. HA! @ someone loving green!
    There was a lot of that going around, back in the 70’s!
    I recall being “crushed” to receive a harvest gold kitchen clock as a gift, instead of avocado!
    But I digress.
    Kudos on the interior transom window bargain; I’m a huge fan.

  3. I really would love to have my basement finished. It is framed, recessed lighting is in and everything is wired. For now, being there is electricity and lights working, there is a big piece of remnant carpeting a couch and the TV along with the wii for the kids.
    I love the transom window you added. I can’t wait to see it all finished. I am sure it will look amazing!

    1. No it doesn’t , it ‘s non-opening and just for light. luckily, we have a stairway going to the outside in ours.

  4. Wow, congratulations, Jen!! What an accomplishment! I can’t wait to read it when it comes out in July. This is so exciting for you and you definitely deserve it 😉
    Can’t wait to see more of your basement reno too.

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