Finally the Basement Reveal

I first wrote about how we were going to renovate the basement in our small, but much loved, 1939 built home here:

I followed up with this update post here:

That last update was written in February of this year, and although the work has been finished for a long time now, I have neglected to write the final post with the big reveal. There were two main reasons for my procrastination. The first is that we have done no decorating other than painting, which decreases the oomph factor in posting the pictures. Knowing that neither Tony or I get excited about design and decorating, our “space” may remain undecorated for a long time to come and so I may as well get on with it.

The second reason for not being excited about writing this post is because we lost our before pictures in our Mac hard drive melt down. Yes, we back up regularly, but these particular photos had not yet been backed up at the time this computer died, for the second time I might add. I had really wanted to show before and after pictures, but instead you will have to just see the after shots. So imagine a dark, dreary damp basement, somewhat like a dungeon…and now, voila!

I love these cubbies at the top of the stairs. Now
 what to put in them?

Ah, that’s better!

Looking down the stairs. I should have turned on the
lights down there.

Looking back upstairs again.

Colours by Joanne Lauzon, aka JoeGirl Fitness!

Yes, we really need a bigger TV in that spot.

A treadmill AND a ball. Not usually used at the same time.

This is becoming a favourite spot for doing homework.
And um, for playing on the internet.
Isn’t she cute?

Tony works from home so this is his new office space.
He tidied it especially for this photo.

Office space, again.

This storage nook is behind Tony’s office.

The laundry sink.

Cool tile pattern as designed by our friend, architect and contractor, Murray.
Tile colours by Joanne Lauzon.

It’s a small bathroom and I couldn’t stand any farther back to take this shot.

I don’t know how to turn off the flash on my camera.
My fingers were only partially effective at covering the light.

Space saving! Note the pocket door…because
 you are about to see what is behind it…

The dumping ground. No basement can be
complete without it.

I really can’t say enough good things about Murray who designed this layout and built this for us. The genius part of this is that all of this is packed into only about 500 square feet. Every inch is used smartly and efficiently. There is absolutely no wasted space in this basement. Thanks also to my close friend Joanne Lauzon who helped us pick floor, wall and tile colours. Thank you my dear friends!

Now who is ready for an old fashioned 70s style rec room party?

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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10 Responses to Finally the Basement Reveal

  1. Oh I have HUGE basement envy right now!! It's stunning! And must be so great to have it all complete.

  2. Laura says:

    The basement is fantastic Finola! Looks much bigger than 500 square feet too. Wow. Even your laundry sink is stylish.

    I chuckled at the 70's basement party comment…when I first saw the counter with stools I thought you put in a bar! I guess my decorating taste is still in the 70's. 🙂

  3. zoom says:

    It's wonderful! I was thinking “Wow, what a nice huge basement they have” right up til the end.

  4. Sid. says:

    I'm definitely having basement envy too. Might I suggest some Ikea spot lighting and interesting vases in the recesses at the top of the stairs? Not that the beer bottle doesn't look lovely.

  5. Lynn says:

    Fabulous, I love it, and I'm so envious! We have been going back and forth about our basement for ages now — whether to do it ourselves or have someone in. If we ever decide, I'm calling Murray!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Great work guys! It look so functional and comfortable. A really usable space.


  7. Finola says:

    Julie, Thanks! Yes, we are so glad it's done.

    Laura, Tony said that he needed the bar for his maps, but now he is talking about a bar fridge. Hmmm

    Zoom, That is the best compliment to hear that it looks big 🙂

    Sid, This is probably a dumb question but what do you mean by spot lighting?

    Lynn, Let me know if you ever want to contact Murray. He designed our ground floor reno a few years ago too and he is amazing!

    Cathy, Thanks – The girls love to host sleepovers down there already. So fun!

  8. Sara says:

    LOVE it!!! Especially the space for the treadmill 🙂

  9. Capital Mom says:

    It looks great! I want to finish our basement one day. And redo our kitchen too. 🙂

  10. Sid. says:

    Not a dumb question at all. I meant something like this: Which, installed in a cubby/nook, could look sorta something like this: (light in the middle)

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