February 22, 2011


This post needs no other title. For those of you who know me, you know that the basement is the project I have been waiting for...it has literally been 4 years in the making. Just about every other project has pointed to the completion of this one. And we are getting close to the finish line!!!!! Blood (literally), sweat (literally), tears (literally), and lots of nights and weekends have been poured into the downstairs. And now that we are getting close to being done, I can't wipe the smile off my face. Knowing that we put every screw, every board, and every inch up ourselves brings a lot of pride (and money in our pockets, not having to hire it all out). While we still have a little bit to go, here are some pictures after our recent haul this past weekend. (Thanks, dad, for all your help!)

I know I have shown lots of before pictures, but I do have to give a reference point for how far we've come!


after a few weekends ago: framing and subfloor. this is looking into the bathroom (left) and kitchen (right)

stairs and bathroom

looking into the playroom


after this weekend: dry wall! this is looking at the family room, and the uncovered section is for the entertainment center/fireplace

looking back into the kitchen

at the bottom of the stairs, looking into the family room

at the bottom of the stairs looking into the open office area - which will include a built in desk

to the right of the office, the playroom - which will include a tucked away cove filled with books, cabinets for toys/school stuff, and a comfy reading bench

from the playroom, looking into the guest room

what we do with the kids while we work downstairs...........


Amelia said...

YEA!!! So does this mean you are getting a second kitchen or moving yours downstairs?? SOOOO exciting to have it done this far!!

Michael and Kristine said...

it will be a second kitchen. um, and SOOOOO excting is right!

Shelly said...

Wow Christine, you guys are amazing! It looks fantastic! We need to tackle our unfinished basement but we need contractors, so seeing you do it yourself is especially impressive!

Mallahan Family said...

So excited for you! And I can't wait to see it in person! Your having a party when it's all done, right?

Michael and Kristine said...

we will have a big party! maybe we can have a 21-person sleepover on the west side!