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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Basement Renovation: The Before

I have finally gotten around to preparing some posts for our basement renovation to post later this week. Before I show the amazing transformation, I thought I would show everyone what we had to work with.

The first picture is how the basement looked the day we purchased it. Yikes! Obviously, there are major cosmetic issues which I have pointed out below. Hello, early 80s. The biggest issue with the space is the hole (or pool, as we liked to call it, and it did in fact fill up with water once or twice after we gutted it but I digress) in the center of the room.

At some point, the basement was probably dug out since houses around here did not have basements when they were built. When the basement was dug out, cement footers were put around the walls (which are shown in the picture covered in teal carpet). The previous owner decided to use those footers as benches and have the sunken part in the middle be a dance floor. For the time, it was probably really hip and we have heard from neighbors that our house used to be an after hours dancing/gambling club frequented by Sugar Ray Leonard (btw, no stashes of cash hidden in the walls have been found). Bur, for us, working around that hole would have proven to be extremely challenging and we ended up having enough ceiling height to work with to be able to fill in the sunken space.


The aesthetics of the basement weren't the only concern. There was major water damage, leaks, mold, and termite damage behind the walls. We ended up gutting the entire basement to start from scratch. Here is what the basement looked since right after we moved in and Casey gutted it. Bye, bye mirrors! It was actually kind of nice to have this space to work in while we were renovating the rest of the house, but eventually we were ansy to have the extra livable space.

More to come soon!

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7 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

oh, gosh! i just want to dig a hole in the middle of my living room, slap up a few mirrors & some paisley wall paper & start dancing! ...or not!

i can't wait to see what you've done with the space!!!

March 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger anniebakes said...

I LOVE home renovations,--can't wait for the big reveal!! anne

March 29, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

I think "afters" are that much more satisfying when the "before" is truly awful. (No offense!) :-) WOW.

March 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Ooh I can't wait to see it redone! That before pic is hilarious, it doesn't get much worse than all that! haha

March 30, 2011 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

@Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess None taken! It was definitely a very sad room!

March 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous best basement ideas said...

Basement is really in bad condition. It's better to solve the mold problem by repairing the hole. a little effort can make this basement a better place for living.

October 18, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Anonymous basement remodeling northern Virginia said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! Some really amazing features.

October 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM  

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Basement Renovation: The Before

I have finally gotten around to preparing some posts for our basement renovation to post later this week. Before I show the amazing transformation, I thought I would show everyone what we had to work with.

The first picture is how the basement looked the day we purchased it. Yikes! Obviously, there are major cosmetic issues which I have pointed out below. Hello, early 80s. The biggest issue with the space is the hole (or pool, as we liked to call it, and it did in fact fill up with water once or twice after we gutted it but I digress) in the center of the room.

At some point, the basement was probably dug out since houses around here did not have basements when they were built. When the basement was dug out, cement footers were put around the walls (which are shown in the picture covered in teal carpet). The previous owner decided to use those footers as benches and have the sunken part in the middle be a dance floor. For the time, it was probably really hip and we have heard from neighbors that our house used to be an after hours dancing/gambling club frequented by Sugar Ray Leonard (btw, no stashes of cash hidden in the walls have been found). Bur, for us, working around that hole would have proven to be extremely challenging and we ended up having enough ceiling height to work with to be able to fill in the sunken space.


The aesthetics of the basement weren't the only concern. There was major water damage, leaks, mold, and termite damage behind the walls. We ended up gutting the entire basement to start from scratch. Here is what the basement looked since right after we moved in and Casey gutted it. Bye, bye mirrors! It was actually kind of nice to have this space to work in while we were renovating the rest of the house, but eventually we were ansy to have the extra livable space.

More to come soon!

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