Home Improvement

Adding Livable Space with a Basement Renovation

August 5, 2019

The basement renovation was a game changer at our first flip house because we added living space. Our house was about 1,200 square feet and having that extra living space in the basement made a huge difference. When we first toured the house, the basement looked tired and worn down.  The bedroom was a storage room and the carpet was stained and was a little smelly.

When this project began, I was getting closer to my due date with my son, Thomas. My generous in-laws came out to Denver to help us get the basement fixed up.


Basement Renovation Punch List

  • Repair water damage on wall
  • Paint entire basement
  • Install new carpet

Basement Before

It’s not terrible but it was dingy and dirty and not inviting at all.

Original basement

The previous owners used the basement to store toys and boxes.

The basement bedroom was filled with boxes.


Basement Carpet Installation

We knew that installing new carpet would be one of the biggest improvements in this space. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls made the basement feel like a true living room. Clean and inviting!

Here is a little action shot of Chris installing the carpet with his dad. So much talent!

Basement carpet installation

Basement Living Room After

This was one of our favorite places to hang out once this renovation was complete. The basement had many functions and we definitely maximized the use of this small home.

Basement living room renovation

We turned this little nook into Chris’ home office. I love the crisp, white bead board around the room, it makes the space feel so welcoming.

Basement office renovation

This room was important for me clean up because my sister-in-law was moving in on summer break to nanny for Thomas. I wanted to give her a nice little retreat and I believe we accomplished that.

Basement bedroom renovation

We all enjoyed this additional living space, including our pups – Lucy and Lizzy!

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