Starting from scratch

Our old house has a basement.

I’m not sure that’s what it is called because the water table in Florida doesn’t allow basements, but we have a room, with stairs that go down under the house.

I call it a basement.

It is our newest renovation.

It’s the last of the rooms that are unfinished.

The first time we visited the basement, it was damp and musty. It smelled funny and it was full of old grungy things.

For the longest time, we stored wood trim and baseboards while we renovated the main living areas of the old house. If you needed something, “look in the basement.”

Well it’s time for the damp and grungy basement to get a facelift. She will be fabulous and I’m going to take you all along for the ride.

She is 280 square feet of fabulousness.

As I researched small spaces, there are some NYC apartments smaller than our basement, so why not?

Let’s do it!!

It started with wood planked walls and ceiling and black painted concrete block.

The floor is slanted and the walls leak.

Step 1 was to have the floors floated and gutters and downspouts were installed to divert the water. More exterior water proofing is necessary but it will be awful, so we will talk about that later.

The concrete walls were sealed with water proofing material.

I did this part and it’s super stinky

The ceiling was pulled down which left 1000 nails to pull out.

The ceiling rafters were repaired and we have bathroom walls!

The wood siding has been removed and the walls have been padded out.

It’s not much to look at yet but in my brain, I see so much beauty.

We showed some friends the “basement” the other day and they asked how we got the idea to do the renovation.

It’s just in our heads.

And it’s chalked out on the floor for all to see.

Lots of measuring to make sure we got the most bang for our buck.

Do you know how many small house/space saving articles and photos there are?

Millions! It’s not hard to research small space living. And it’s fun.

This renovation will be a slow one so the photos will be far between but I promise. It will be worth it.

Have a fantastic week!!

About Charmadawn

Jesus lover 💜 Wife of Steve for 34 years 💜 Mom to 2 grown kiddos 💜 BB to grandsons Jack and Luke 💜4 years ago we purchased, Rescued and Restored a 116 year old farmhouse and we live together as a multigenerational household. Come follow our crazy. Isaiah 54:7
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