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Creating Usable Living Space in the Basement

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Last Updated on April 8, 2023 by lindseymahoney

The basement renovation was a game-changer at our first flip house because we added living space to our small bungalow. Our house in the Highlands neighborhood was about 1,200 square feet and having that finished area 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 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.

Renovation Punch List

  • Repair water damage on the wall
  • Paint walls
  • Install new carpet

Basement Living Space Before

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

Original basement

The previous owners used the lower level to store toys and boxes.


The guest bedroom was filled with boxes.

Before basement makeover

Carpet Installation & Paint

We knew that installing a 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

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Basement Living Room After

This was one of our favorite places to hang out once this renovation was complete. It became multi-functional and we used every square inch!

Basement living room makeover

Home Office in the Basement

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

Basement office renovation

Guest Bedroom

This room was important for me to 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!