We started finishing it before Henry was born because the nursery used to be the office and we wanted to move it down stairs… then we realized it would take forever and cost a ton of money so we decided not to work on it. Then when we were pregnant with William, we knew we would need to move the guest room down there. Since all our family lives in Ontario, we needed a guest room. Period. No discussion. But we still didn’t have the money to completely finish the basement. So instead John framed out the guest room (as pictured above), and then he dry walled it, ran the electrical (he is an electrician by trade) and did a first rough (almost complete) coat of mud. We cut a piece of carpet for the floor and it was a good-enough-for-now guest room that we actually used a lot. We however felt a little guilty that after flying all the way out to see us, we stuck our most important people in the far corner of the unfinished basement. John would work on the basement when he could. He would buy a few sheets of dry wall every few months and slowly put them up.
Skip to December 2013: We sold one of our vehicles which freed up some money to work on the basement. So John and my step dad worked really hard over the Christmas break and got most of the basement dry walled, taped, mudded, sanded and primed. All except for the guest room (since my mom and step dad were sleeping in there) and the stairs. John has been working on it since then (you know on weekends he is home and not away on business…he has very little free time) and he has installed most of the ceiling, the pot lights, finished the stairs and is almost done the guest room mudding ( he ran out of mud with 1 coat left in the closet!!). So now our basement looks like this:
|Rec Room Ceiling and Pot Lights.|
|Hallway to Bedroom, Bathroom and Storage room|
It looks so good, and I really can’t wait until we can use it. We still have a lot to do. After John gets the guest room to the same point as the rest of the basement, we need to:
– Paint (we already have the paint)
– Lay Carpet (we already have the carpet but it’s commercial carpet that was free to us and we are having trouble figuring out if we can have under pad, and then how to install it)
– Hook up the electrical outlets and light switches
– Trim (I feel like it isn’t completely necessary and could be done at a later date)
– The bathroom (My step dad is coming out in the summer to do it for us)
– Organize the storage rooms so they are functional
So close! Yet so far.