We closed on our home at the end of January 2012. Immediately we started working on the basement. Since we were transitioning to a family of seven we helped with the demo and left the rest to the professionals. Time spent together was more important (and vital!) than trying to tackle this big project on our own.
We hired our dear friend from college, Ben to work on the project. He did a great job! By Mother's Day we were moving the toys from the patio into our new spacious family room. The new finished basement space is now an L shape and today I am going to give you a tour into the bottom tip of the L that we call the craft room.
It was important for us to think through this space and figure out how to make it work for our older children. Up until this point we had only had toddlers so we knew that the space needed to be safe and kid proof. When our three oldest kids joined our family we wanted to figure out how to make the space more inviting for them.
Next week, I will be sharing some more details of the project and the whys behind how we chose to design this space. We needed a functional kid space. My favorite part was making it work organizationally while still adding beauty to the mix.
There were thin sheets of brick paneling that were falling off of the walls, no insulation and hard damaged floors. One of the main things that we accomplished in remodeling was adding a wall around the corner to the left. The space was originally like a big U and went right into the laundry, furnace, boiler area. We knew that in order to create a safe space for kids we would need to add a wall and block off that section creating the L shaped layout of the room.
We now have a bright, fresh, clean space that is safe and inviting for kids of all ages!
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