A few years ago we embarked on the adventure of finishing our basement. We started room by room as we wanted to pay cash for the project, and finished the entire thing most recently. It was a huge undertaking and I am SO happy it is done!
This is the state of what it looked like when we looked at the house:
And this is what it looked like with all of our stuff!
I call it an "adventure" because with the help of friends, we completed the majority of the renovation by ourselves. If you've ever done home projects with a house full of kids you will understand how hard it is to finish projects while juggling life.
Sorry for the poor quality of before pics, but you'll get the idea.
Our oldest son and I laid the floors. We were (and still are) complete amateurs. I learned so much about this process. We had to pull them up not once, but THREE times. The first time because I didn't leave enough of a gap on the edges for expanding, the second time because we didn't run the flooring far enough into the bedroom to account for the carpet transition, and the third because we weren't paying attention to the random floor pattern, and it was completely off. This is the downside of being a perfectionist.
The cabinets are stock cabinets from Menards. Again, we had no clue what we were doing here, but some other friends came over and
helped us installed them for us. Everything was done on a budget. The countertops were also from Menards, and are a high resolution laminate.
A few snapshots of the rest of the downstairs:You can see more of the guest bedroom HERE
One more look at the before and after
We also have a bathroom down here that we are still working on some finishing details on. Like a DIY barn door that looks pretty, but doesn't function. That's a different post for a different day. Lessons learned... more to come on that and what we did wrong. What about you.. Have you ever embarked on a major DIY project?