Basement Update: Carpet

Carpet in the Basement - Basement Remodel | Cedar Tree Lane |

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post! When I started blogging I knew I would have to focus on social media to help market and grow the blog but I had NO idea how consuming Instagram could be. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But it is VERY distracting. This basement update remodel update is long overdue — please, forgive me?

This post, like all of the other basement remodel posts, will be picture heavy. We didn’t put the carpet down ourselves so there’s not much I can say about the process. But hey! Who doesn’t love progress photos?!

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Basement Remodel: Paint and Laundry Room Floors

Paint and Laundry Room Flooring | Basement Remodel |

Happy Thursday everyone! Just dropping by to give you a basement update. We are ALMOST finished paint! Which is right on target for carpet installation on Monday.

First we primed/sealed all of the new drywall with Behr Premium Plus Interior Drywall Primer and Sealer. Once every surface was primed and sealed we worked our way from top to bottom with the paint. First painting the ceilings with Behr Premium Plus Flat Interior Ceiling Paint then all of the walls got two coats of Glidden Universal Grey. Brian’s office (the Man Cave) is painted all one color (ceiling and walls). He chose Benjamin Moore’s Black Horizon after falling in love with it last summer at The Portsmouth Hotel in Maine. We had Home Depot match the color using Glidden Diamond Interior Paint and Primer.

Here’s a little photo update…

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Our Hunt for Reclaimed Doors

Using Hardware to Turn Reclaimed Doors into Barn Doors |

The basement remodel is well underway and things are moving along according to plan. In the meantime, we’re on the hunt for reclaimed doors.

We designed the new laundry room to have plenty of space for folding and storage. That said, we didn’t wan’t to steal too much real estate from the rest of the basement. The goal is to maximize the space inside the laundry room without taking away from the adjacent playroom. To do that, we knew that a sliding door would be the best way to go.

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Basement Remodel: Framing and Drywall

Contractors frame and drywall unfinished basement space, dividing the space to include a laundry room, play room, office, family room, and reading nook.

Just wanted to pop in and catch you up on the basement remodel. This past week and a half, the contractors have been working on the framing and drywall. We had a gap between drywall and framing over the weekend. So, we had an electrician (family friend) come out and rewire the basement to add recessed lighting and more outlets throughout.

I totally forgot to take pictures during the electrical part of the renovation. Not that I would have been able to tell you much about the process anyway! Good news is, I’ve asked him to come back and do a how-to post with me. We’ll show you how to add overhead lighting to a room that already has a switch-operated outlet. If that is something you’re interested in definitely check back or subscribe for updates!

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Laundry Room Makeover: Demo

What is that saying about best laid plans? So, last week I talked about our plan to remodel our basement laundry room. Well! We are sticking to the plan to remodel the laundry room BUT we’re also gutting the entire basement and remodeling all 625 sqft.

The original plan was to hire a plumber to modify the plumbing for a laundry sink and move the water heater to sit on the other side of the furnace. That went almost painlessly, until we discovered that water was coming up the new sink drain whenever I did the dishes/run the dishwasher. So we had to have the plumber come back out to snake the drains. While annoying, still pretty standard plumbing job.

After the plumbing was done we had contractors come out to give us a quotes. Again, the original plan was to move the door frame and close in the furnace and water heater. But, while we had the contractors out we asked them to give us an estimate for some of the other things we wanted to do in the basement. We wanted to get an idea of what we could expect cost/work wise.

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Laundry Room Makeover: The Plan

Before we talk about the laundry room, I have to let you in on a secret. Our house has a basement!

Ok, so that’s not a huge shocker. But you may have noticed that I did not mention it in the first post about our renovations. Thing is, we went almost a year in our house and only went down to the basement a handful of times (you could literally count them on one hand).

Although it is finished, it’s still a pretty creepy basement and anytime I do go down there, I’m looking over my shoulder and scrambling to find whatever I’m looking for so I can get out as quickly as possible.

So, why have we ignored an entire level of our house and wasted space for the last year?

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5 Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Cedar Tree Lane | 5 Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer with FREE House Hunting House Evaluation Worksheet |

When we started searching for a house last year, we had no idea where to begin. Luckily for us, I love to research and organize. Being the checklist fanatic that I am, I quickly got to work creating must-have lists and spreadsheets to keep track of what we wanted and what we’d seen. But, it wasn’t until after we’d found and closed on our house that we really figured out what we needed to know and what we should have been looking for. It’s easy to get caught up in the search and when you’re 10 houses in, things become a blur. To spare you the trouble and bring a little pretty organization to your hunt, we’re sharing our top five tips AND a free printable!

Hope they help!

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