1.17.2012

Basement Progress

Our basement is moving right along and I don't know if I've ever been more excited about a house project! 
We love our new house, especially the yard and the neighborhood, and feel blessed to call this place home, but we have missed having a big space to entertain in.  

On Sunday night we had our family over for dinner and it really hit home how tight our cozy family room is when there are more than five people in it.
We are really looking forward to the open space in our basement not only for the kids and their friends to hang out, but also for movie night for our family and Patriots and Red Sox games with a crowd!

{Speaking of movies and baseball, has anyone seen the baseball movie Moneyball?  We watched it last night.  Beware of some profanity with younger viewers, but otherwise a really good movie about the statistics of baseball.....with the bonus eyecandy of Brad Pitt!}

Back to the basement reno.....I traded the solid door that leads into the basement with an extra French door that came with the house, and I love it there!  The basement already feels more like a part of the house.  A new chunkier railing will be installed.  (See the deadbolts on both doors?  They are everywhere in this house - including all the bedroom doors.  So strange!)
The walls are all primed and about to get painted, and then the doors and trim will be hung and painted.  Those lally columns you see in the middle of the room will be boxed out and painted white.  They will divide the room up into a TV area and a play area.


I was going to paint the stairs like I did in the garage, but we decided it would be quieter to have them carpeted, along with the rest of the basement.

The basement doesn't look so pretty quite yet, but it really has come so far, and in just a few weeks' time it will all be done!

How are your January projects all coming along?  I'm about halfway through Hannah's closet makeover!
Don't forget to link up your project afters on Friday, January 27th - I can't wait to see them!

Happy Tuesday my friends.

12 comments:

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

EEk- I'm so excited for you! Our basement stairs are carpeted and it does make a world of difference on the noise factor. Love the french door! The previous owners took our basement door down and it does make it feel more like part of the house, but I really like the idea of a glass paned door. You've got me thinking......

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very exciting Lisa! Can't wait to see it complete!

Privet and Holly said...

Wow, that's a
BIG, exciting
project, Lisa!
We watched
Moneyball on
Friday night,
as that is my
son's sport {he'd
seen it, before}.
As a mater of
fact, I've got the
song that the
GM's daughter
sings in the movie
on my blog, right
now : )

Happy Tuesday,
xx Suzanne

Jess said...

Love the french door to the basement. Very clever idea. It looks great! Can't wait to see the finished project.

I'm working on my kitchen pantry, hoping to be able to post the after on the 27th!

Check out the progress, so far...

http://makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com/2012/01/pantry-progress.html

~Jess

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Ooh it's coming right along!! I love that you switched out the door-- it looks fab. So exciting!

Calypso In The Country said...

I love the french door there! I have actually thought about doing that with ours and now that I see yours I really want to! Can't wait to see more!
-Shelley

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

What a great idea to change out the doors! I love how little details make a BIG difference.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Great idea to install the French door down to the basement. I can totally see how that will help to integrate the basement with the rest of the house and make it feel more like a very comfortable living area. Great progress so far!

Farmgirl Paints said...

That is so so exciting. Love that door.

Melissa Blake said...

How awesome!! It's so fun to see the progress!

Anonymous said...

Annie loves the pink closet (so do I )
Tim is fired up for the basement to be finished so he can play with Sean down there!
*Think carpeting the stairs is a great idea ---definitely will cut down on the noise.

ntb

pam {simple details} said...

Sounds like you're going to love the space! So nice to have a spot where the kids can hang out with their friends, looks like this will be a popular place for that!