Before I start- I’m so sorry I’ve been posting a bit late. I’m pretty sure my Mac is dying a slow death. And slow is the keyword here. I’m looking into getting it fixed but with it being so slow I’m having a hard time getting ahead enough that I’m comfortable being without it for a few days. Any tips on bringing a Macbook Pro back to life? I’d love to hear from you! Anyways- on with the post!
You have no idea how excited I am to be typing this. Our basement suite is finally done! We’ve been working night and day (literally, all nighters) to get our basement suite ready for a family member. We’re so excited to finally cross it off our list. You know by we I mean mostly Shane, right? Just so we’re clear. This is another project we’re so happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of it in it’s finished state empty- we finished it the same afternoon that she moved in! But, she let me sneak in and take some photos of her home this morning (on my phone) so I thought I would share those with you. And really, she’s made it a home already (since Friday!). This has been such a big part of our lives for the past few months I can’t imagine pretending that it didn’t happen.
Should we start with a refresher of the ‘before’? (You can see our whole home tour ‘before’ we got our hands on it here.
How rough was this basement! To give you an idea of the layout… that fireplace came out and is now in the bedroom. The workbench is where her couch now is and the washer is where the kitchen sits. All those pipes beside the washer are in the wall between the kitchen and washroom. The before looks so tiny- but the space seems so big now that it’s finished! I’m sure all the daylight helps too. I’m also impressed with how much storage! They have two full size closets… when Shane and I rented, we totally didn’t get that much storage!
What do you think? We did pretty much everything ourselves so I’m really crazy proud of it. The process went: replace windows, tear out a wall and the fireplace, replace the hot water tank (we didn’t do that ourselves), upgrade the electrical panel (we didn’t do that either), frame in the rooms, run electrical and plumbing (we had the plumbing all done for us), run new ducting, insulate every inch, drywall board (I actually don’t mind doing this- it’s satisfying to see the transformation), drywall mud and tape (we hired for this too- he’s AMAZING so if you’re local and need a guy… ask me), drop the kitchen and bathroom ceilings (the rest were drywall), lay flooring, build the kitchen, install all new doors, paint, paint, and paint some more, add baseboard and trim, tile the tub and backsplash… and everything else. Seriously guys, it was never-ending. But it was so worth it!
We used the same paint colour that we used throughout our upstairs so touchups will be easy. We chose a flooring (interlocking vinyl tile) that’s durable, warm on the feet, and pretty simple to lay- we’ll be using it in our half of the basement as well. I love that we didn’t have to do different types of flooring in the bathroom/kitchen/bedroom- it works for them all! That kitchen is Ikea and I love it. If we did dark cabinets in our space, we probably would have chosen those because I just love the look of them (especially for the price point).
Speaking of price point. The suite is pretty well equipped appliance wise and we sure didn’t spend a mint. We scored on Craigslist for that stove and dishwasher (the dishwasher is beside the sink, it’s like a hidden bonus). That fridge with ice built in was my dad’s old one… it was sitting in his garage forever and he was kind enough to let us take it off his hands. Those washer dryer? They’re amazing- so quiet and we got the set for $140 from family friends. Talk about a steal!
What do you think of my first ever tiling job? I’m pretty proud of it. With some help from my dad and his wife- I got this baby tiled in two evenings. And those tiles? A total steal- I got the whole lot to do the tub and backsplash for $45… my negotiation skills must be improving!
Most of all- it’s such a relief to be done. My maternity leave is officially over and I’m back to work part time so the mortgage helper is a huge weight off our shoulders. I’m not sure if suites are the norm where you live, but we have a university here (for a relatively small city) so they’re a hot commodity. Although one day we’d love to have a whole home to ourselves, this was really the best option for us now. Plus, we couldn’t have asked for a better 1st renter (family who LOVES our kids). Would you ever put a suite in? I’d love to hear your thoughts!