Katie and Mike’s Basement Mini-Makeover
It started as a simple “let’s open up this wall” project, but then snowballed into a “let’s give the entire basement a makeover” project. As most home renovations usually do…
Katie and Mike were fortunate to buy this classic Del Ray colonial with a finished basement. They liked that it came with a full bath and a large partial kitchen, but the space seemed cramped and they didn’t like a few of the cosmetic elements.
In these before pictures, you can see how there’s a small room tucked in the top left corner behind the kitchen. It was designed to be used as a guest space with a murphy bed on the wall.
Shortly after moving in, Katie and Mike removed the murphy bed.
They realized this closed off area was a waste of space and they really wanted an open area to hang out with friends. So, down came the wall and in came a new bar.
While they were at it, they decided to install new granite counters in the kitchen and add recessed lighting. The appliances came with the house — the previous owner had painted the mini dishwasher and fridge gold to match the gold-colored cabinets.
Unfortunately, it would be too cost prohibitive to reroute the duct work, so for now, there are still awkward bump-outs throughout the space. Tall people take heed.
They also decided to make a few changes to the existing bathroom. They replaced the vanity and mirror and installed a pocket door because the position of the vanity made it almost impossible to access the bathroom.
The tile floor was in good condition so they kept it; eventually they want to get a rug and also add more seating. For now, this little wall tear-down project turned mini-makeover is ready for guests.