Thursday, August 4, 2011

Basement Complete

At last glance, the basement was framed and electrical rough in complete. Not pretty, but well along. At this point, I can proudly say the space is complete. We brought in a contractor to hang and finish the drywall as well as hang and trim the doors. At the time, I was unsure of using contractors, but in the end I'm glad we did this. The price was reasonable and in the tight timeline of getting the place rented out we needed this done quickly.

The contractors finished up on Thursday. Friday through Sunday we had a lot of help from the Bro in Law (BIL) and Sister in Law (SIL). By the time the dust settled and the carpet was installed, we went from a space with drywall and doors hung to this.


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We are still amazed of the transformations. The ceiling height is only around 6'6" but thankfully it doesn't feel too short. I wish it were taller but it wasn't worth the extra money of digging it out. We painted it the same color as the master bedroom, and are glad we did so. We painted the area underneath the return duct semi-gloss white for contrast and to the right you can see how the window and bench turned out.

Looking back from the front of the house toward the stairs is the door to the utility closet to the left, the door to the unfinished area in the middle, and to the right the stairs up to the first floor.

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Thus far our only regret is that we didn't do it sooner. With buying the new place we won't ever have a chance to truly enjoy this basement. Hopefully our renter enjoys it, and looking back, it is quite an improvement.

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18 comments:

Harper said...

Wow, looks great! Our basement height is only about 6' tall, so no way we'll be finishing it off. Like you said, I don't think it's worth paying to dig it out.

Summer said...

Looks wonderful!! And it's taller than some of the basements we saw back when we were housetouring! I'm glad it's done!!

v2da2dl said...

From monstrous to commodious!

Jakabock said...

I recently hired contractors to finish up a remodel of a rental property that I have in Durango CO, and at first I was a little nervous. But after seeing the finished result, I am nothing short of ecstatic. Perhaps both you and I got lucky in choosing good help, but I dont think i'll go back to trying it all alone again. Granted you're forking out some extra cash, but after weighing the facts that it took less time, the quality was much better than I could have achieved, and if anything was found to not be up to par they are liable to fix it. For any difficult remodeling project I attempt to tackle in the future, I will always look at hiring contractors.

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Nigel Block said...

Your basement is astonishing! Looking back on how it looks before, the renovation was perfect and successful. Good for you.

-Nigel

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congrats! that looks great :)

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Hazel said...

The entire basement looks so gorgeous. I like the design and the lights so simple and elegant.

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Mike said...

Looks amazing!!! I'm working on my own basement reno and it always gives me so much hope to see someone else's nasty basement turn into something great.

Blue Turtle said...

Excellent work by the contractors. Your basement is very spacious and I love the color. The area is very comfortable and relaxing.

jerome @ Miter Saw Reviews

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trademarkconstruct said...

The transformation is great and the height isn't as small as few I have seen. It wasn't of course worth digging out. These days finding trustworthy contractors and Home painter Baltimore isn't that hard to see great results like this.