My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely BASEMENT MAKEOVER (5)

F R E N C H   D O O R S !!!!! Here is where it all began.


So happy these were added to the design.

They lead to what will be our college son’s

room, and though he really wanted a secret bookcase

entry, these allow light from the bedroom window

to spill into this sitting room/studio/dance floor.

Despite golf-friendly weather,

my husband has been hard at work

on our half-basement re-do.

Very pleased he opted

to steal square footage from the

big bedroom in order to eliminate

a “claustrophobic hallway” effect

next to the stairs. Instead, the space feels

connected to the sitting area.

This is looking toward the shower in the bathroom.

I hesitate to share the cabinet at this juncture since

it’s not a certainty yet…but this was

one of my recycle ideas.

This monstrous corner cabinet we’ve

had for years will be incorporated

into the bath’s design in lieu of a

tiny boring linen closet.

Fingers crossed it will look like

a charming built-in when the fat lady sings.

The little bedroom is so dang cute,

I can’t even tell you.

My inlaws did a whole bunch of

work down here.

My husband’s buddies have begun

helping him with the drywalled ceiling.

It’s more of a challenge getting the sheets of

drywall up than in other basements

we’ve finished because when we built the house

we had them dig 6″ deeper to get higher (8’6″) ceilings.

It’s coming together,

and my husband agrees the space is

calling out for a dance floor so…


this disco ball

is on its way.

you may remember it’s been on my list for some time.

Oh yes, there will be shaking of groove things

and money makers when this gnarly project wraps.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. April 12, 2011 / 5:39 am

    So exciting! I didn't know your husband is doing the work – wow

  2. April 12, 2011 / 7:02 am

    Grooooovy!! Saturday Night Fever, haa! It's coming along great and I love your ideas for bringing light around the space.

    Loving the little changes around your blog, and I've been reading some of your articles on Cheeky Chic Mama. If you put them all into a book about How To Deal With Kids, I will buy it! Don't have any yet, but it'll come in handy when I do! You write so engagingly and I love your wit 🙂

    Hope you're having a great week, my lovely!

    Meera xx

  3. April 12, 2011 / 10:42 am

    Isn't it exciting to see your space come alive? I can't believe your husband is doing all the work, I can't wait to see more!

  4. April 12, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Oh wow, it's really taking shape now! I love the french doors and the idea of a built in rather than a cupboard is genius – I love it. And and and and… a discoball. Be still my beating (to Britney of course) heart.

    Kudos to your amazing hubby! x

  5. April 12, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    Laura–i must have been too cryptic before! yep. the norwegian is my husband, and he does amazing work even though he's a white collar guy!


  6. April 12, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    Oh, my! This is looking so good already! You guys are working so much! I see all the changes and I'm so happy to see how cool it will be after it's all done. Your husband is amazing, huh? Oh, I wish I was that handy!

    I can't wait to see your dance floor.. have I told you I LOVE to dance? Oh… just loooove it! (Am I inviting myself for your 1st party???) lol

    This is super, Michele… congrats!

    Have a wonderful day, sweetie.


    Luciane at

  7. April 12, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    What a great husband to give up his golf friendly weather…it's looking amazing!! Can't wait to see more ~

  8. April 13, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    Oooh, Michele, it's looking really good. It must be so exciting for you seeing the space come together. All ready for a disco ball!! I love that!!


  9. April 13, 2011 / 3:43 pm

    It looks amazing already! I can't wait to see the finished product. My brother-in-law is a genius. just saying…

  10. April 14, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    Oh Michele, it is coming together beautifully! What a great team you are!

    And I remember your post about the disco ball! And now it is on its way. When did you say the party was? (:

    Hugs to you,


  11. April 16, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    man, i hope the party is sooner than later, Mon. we work well as a team, but he is not the happiest person when the interior designer (me) makes him rip out something because "she'll never be able to come down here if he doesn't." it takes a lot of patience to work together!

  12. April 18, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    It's coming along beautifully! I look forward to seeing more! 😉


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