Ann and Bryan’s basement is becoming a rec room and home office.
We first met Rob and Sarah while renovating their bathroom in 2015. They asked us back to renovate their basement.
Rob and Sarah’s basement day 1: File this under shocking things we see. That I-beam is holding up the house. Not the best spot to cut an opening for a door.
Day 5: Framing almost finished. Dricore done. Electrical done (Salter Electrical). Plumbers are coming on Monday (Penta Plumbing) and spray foam insulation crew (O’Reilly Brothers) is coming on Tuesday.
Day 10: Turning that awkward support post into an area for symmetrical built-in shelves.
Oh YUM. Thanks Rob and Sarah!
Day 19: tiled the bathroom shower with 12″ x 24″ Pasha Collection tiles from Home Depot.
Day 20: Drop ceiling the clients purchased from Costco.
Day 22: hidden electrical panel and shoe storage.
Day 23: The basement is finished!
That moment when you know you are really REALLY going to like this client.
Day 1: Demolishing the old basement was a family-friendly event.
Day 1: the demolished basement.
Day 12: Framing, electrical, plumbing rough-in, and spray foam insulation are complete. Just waiting for drywall to be delivered.
Homemade fudge!!! Thanks Michelle and Bert.
Day 16: And then there was a bathroom! Drywall, tub, plumbing and all.
Clients who bake for us are EVERYTHING.
Thanks Michelle and Bert!
Day 20: Sanding drywall all morning and we’re only two thirds done. Can’t feel my shoulders.
Day 23: The walls are painted and it’s starting to look like a finished space. Next we’ll be laying the heated flooring and tile in the new bathroom.
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore “Edgecomb Gray”.
Day 24: Ditra Heat system installed on the bathroom floor. Now we tile.
Day 25: Shower tile under way. 3×12 subway with Ardesia mosaic.
Day 29: Chalet laminate from Alexanian going in.
Day 34: Finishing touches. Bi-fold doors for the under-stair storage and the laundry-craft room.
Day 37: finished bathroom!
These are possibly my favourite before pictures EVER.
Day 9: The self-levelling compound, Dricore floor, framing and drywalling is done. Today is the final day of drywall mudding. Tomorrow we sand the walls. So basically an epic shoulder workout.
Day 10: Sand Dune Pebble mosaic tile on the shower base.
Day 12: Laying laminate floor.
Day 13: Venetian Stone wall tile being installed in the shower.
The basement is done!
Sue and Benoit wanted their renovated basement to include an office and family area, which would include a music area. They are also big fans of barn board and live-edge wood, which we were able to use throughout the space.
Day 1: Dricore laid on entire 600 sq ft floor.
We ALWAYS appreciate home-baked goods. Sue thoroughly spoiled us.
(Not to mentioned their helpful pre-planning and drawing of the space.)
By day 10 the electrical, framing, drywall and mudding was done.
And the basement is done! Sue and Benoit were kind enough to send these photos once they’d set up the basement. Enjoy!
Alex and Janine recently moved to Ottawa. We worked on their plans long-distance and it all came together so well.
Stephanie and Todd have two children and wanted 850q ft of the basement in their Orleans home renovated as a family area, play area, separate gym room and storage room. A bathroom was also framed for a future renovation.
Rick is adding a 6.5′ x 6.5′ 3-piece bathroom to his basement… in place of his current tiki bar.
|Day 1: Basement ‘before’.|
This morning we started renovating Belinda and Ron’s basement in Orleans. We were recommended to the couple by Sylvie and Ed, whose basement we renovated last year.
We’re renovating a 520 sq. ft. L-shaped section of basement, while the other half is already used for laundry.
The renovated section will be used for an entertainment area. hobby desk and workout space.
Day 1: First up is demolition, which went so smoothly that we were framing by 1 p.m.
|Day 1, 1 p.m.: Demolition done. Bringing in 2x4s for framing.|
Day 2: We finished framing, then self-levelling compound was spread over uneven floor areas, followed by 156 sheets of Dricore subfloor.
Day 4: 38 ten-foot-long sheets of drywall were delivered. At the end of the day, all of the framing is complete, the insulation and vapour barrier is in place and most of the ceiling has drywall installed. Belinda sent a very nice email tonight:
The week seems to be flying by – with amazing progress. I like the way the ceiling bulkheads seem to divide the space in three and it is great to see how the room is taking shape.
|Day 5: Ceiling, all bulkheads and partial wall drywall done.|
Day 5: Ceiling, all bulkheads and partial-wall drywall done. Now we’re leaving the client’s home like you should for the weekend: tidy.
|Day 9: Drywalling and mudding done.|
Day 20: Renovation done!
We are enjoying our new basement! We are slowly setting up the spaces and make many (many) trips up and down the stairs.
The stairs are fabulous! I think, at this point, they are my favourite part. We had so many discussions about them and my ‘idea book’ was over-full of photo-options. They really work and are even ‘elegant’. Plus, you equalized the riser height so no one trips at the top any more!
Thanks to you and Don, for all the good work and attention to detail.
|Day 20: Belinda and Ron in their finished basement. (Um… I’m better with a drill than a camera, sorry)|
|Day 20: Basement renovation complete.|
|Day 1. Before.|
Bernie and Pat’s children are grown up, so the couple are renovating their 1,500 sq ft Nepean basement in preparation to sell the home.
For the past four years I’ve volunteered at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre Christmas tree sale. Bernie volunteers on the Christmas Tree Sale committee and that’s how we met.
The basement ceilings are 8-feet high. A drywalled basement ceiling needs to be 6’11” to meet code.
|Day 2: Framing around ceiling ducts and pipes.|
Day 1: We’re starting Bernie’s basement renovation. Exterior walls are already finished. We’ll be creating a storage room, gym and living area.
Day 2: We’re strapping and framing the ceiling. The pipes, ducts and I-beam paths call for a two-level bulkhead.
Ceiling strapping is usually done with 1x3s, but to keep the ceiling as high as possible and avoid the gas and water pipes when screwing in drywall, we used 2x3s instead. 60 2x3s were used.
Reminds me up the multi-level ceiling we did in Drew and Lisa’s Westboro basement.
|Day 4: created storage room with wide doorway.|
Day 4: Framing and strapping complete. We’ve framed the storage room, main plumbing stack and all seven bulkheads. The storage room doorway is 36″ wide so they can get larger items in.
|Day 6: hanging drywall. You can see three ceiling
heights in this picture.
Day 6: 48 sheets of 4’x8′ drywall were delivered yesterday for the walls and ceiling. Larger sheets wouldn’t fit down the basement stairs. We rented a lift to help with the ceiling pieces.
Day 8: installing 260 feet of metal corner bead and
200 feet of mesh tape.
Day 8: Installing a whopping 450 feet of paper tape, 260 feet of metal corner bead and 200 feet of mesh tape. That easily beats our previous record of 400 feet of corner tape in Drew and and Lisa’s Westboro basement.
|Day 10: all seams and corners are mudded.|
Day 10: With all of those edges and seams, you can imagine how much mudding is going on.
|Day 12. And then we sanded.|
Day 12: And then we sanded.
A few words from Bernie:
|Completed basement. This shelving unit covers pipes.|