Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Finishing the Basement: Before

I have exciting news; we're finally going to start finishing the basement. The even more exciting news is that we're doing it because J's daughter, M, has come to live with us. She arrived Monday and it is so great to have her back with us full time! We've decided that, because she's a teenager, it's time to give her more space  by making her a bedroom in the basement.

The part of the basement that will be transformed into the two bedrooms.

For now M has chosen to stay in the guest room so we need to get working quickly. The goal is to get started, and finished, as quickly as possible so you can expect a lot of updates in the near future. J will be doing most of the work on his own (I'm still not allowed to do anything post-surgery) and we will hire out certain parts of the job. To start, here's some before pictures of what we're working with. 

The left side bedroom will stop just before the the electric panel. 

The plan is to finish the back part of the basement, turning it into two bedrooms. Both will be about 10 x 12, with a double closet. One will be for M and the other will be for D, should be happen to want to move back at any point or for when he comes to visit. We will be letting M pick most of the colours and accessories (with me having veto power) so it'll be interesting to see how it all comes together.

We love the Dry-Core sub flooring that has been down for a few years.

The only thing done so far is the Dry-Core sub flooring. I have to back up a little and explain why we chose Dry-Core. We had only been here a few months, in our brand new house, when we noticed water in the basement. Turns out our foundation had two cracks in it. Given that there was no warranty and it was all on us and my very first house, I was devastated. My naive 27-year-old self got a quick crash course in why homeownership sucks. Anyway, we had a company called Basement Solution Systems come in and fix the cracks, and haven't had an issue since. They also guarantee their work for the life of the house just in case we ever have an issue so that's a bonus. After fixing the cracks, we left the floor exposed for another three years to make sure we weren't getting any more water before deciding we wanted a subfloor. After researching it and watching way too many episodes of Holmes on Homes, we decided to go with Dry-Core. That way if we ever do get water, it shouldn't damage the finished basement. J installed it himself about 3 years ago and we love it. It's comfortable to walk on and keeps the floor nice and warm.

The right side bedroom will most likely be M's.

Next up, purchasing materials and putting up walls. Wish us luck!

Shared at: A Creative Princess, Diana Rambles, Made in a Day, Life on Lakeshore Drive


  1. Hi Al! It's kind of refreshing not to see a typical Thanksgiving post now ;).

    How cool that you'll be getting a new member of the family living there. Well, maybe she's not new, but you know what I mean. lol

    Hope you're doing well, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. can't wait to see how it all works out! have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Ooooh, this is an exciting project! A lot of work, but a lot of fun too :-) Hope the construction goes quickly and smoothly so you can get to the best part - decorating!

  4. What an awesome space for a teenager to enjoy! Cool project! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  5. This is very good information.i think it's useful advice. really nice blog. keep it up!!!
    Basement Finishing


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