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Topic: The Basement Apartment Sarah Harmer Never Sang About  (Read 3110 times)
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Orange Swan
« on: September 21, 2010 07:22:08 PM »

I've renovated the basement apartment of my house twice now. I finished it the first time in 2010, and then had to do it again in 2014 after my first tenant left it in a disgusting condition. You can see both sets of before and after pictures and commentary here:


For those who don't want to read the whole post on my blog, here are a few before and afters:



I'm not as proud of the basement apartment as I was of the other areas of my house that I have renovated. I did the best I could to make it as attractive and comfortable as possible, but it just didn't have a lot of potential. It's rather poorly constructed and small and the ceilings are only a little over 6' high at best. However, I painted the whole place, installed a new kitchen and new bathroom cabinetry, and made a myriad of other little changes and fixes, and at least managed to upgrade the place from "hellhole" to "crappy basement apartment".-) Hope you find the before and after photos and commentary interesting and worth a look!

I am gradually doing over my whole house, and have posted to Craftster before about some of the other finished areas, so you can check out those posts too if you're interested my other renovations projects:

the attic workroom

the bathroom

the living room

the entryway, hallways, and main staircase:

and the guest room
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010 07:32:48 PM »

It looks very clean and that is the best renting point. I think the effort will show, so post more pics on craftster if you can. Love to see more.

I have a split personality, because you guys crack me up.  AND The best day I ever had was TODAY!
Orange Swan
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2010 07:42:11 PM »

There's a link in my post to a whole set of photos, with commentary, on Flickr.
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010 09:43:09 PM »

Good grief. That's a LOT of work. And to think I was complaining about the time it took to paint my breakfast nook, a room that's only 5x9 with just 2.5 walls.

It may not be ready for a magazine spread, but it is definitely ready for living in! I think you should totally be proud.
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