Everything Starts Somewhere

When we moved to my son’s basement I was overwhelmed with trying to figure out how we’d ever be able to make it a comfortable place to live. It’s dark since the “living room” windows face north. The basement itself is only half as big as the first floor. It has concrete block walls and a concrete floor. I had no idea how to even begin making it cozy. But everything starts somewhere!


I was really reluctant to share pictures of the basement from the first few days we lived here. But, since I’m determined to turn the space into a really comfortable “apartment” I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind.


This is the view from our bedroom door. In the background you can see the door leading to the garage. Henry took no time at all to locate the food and water bowls and was quite at home immediately.


This is the south wall. This will be one of the more challenging areas to convert. The well tank, hot water heater, and water softener are all there. Although you can’t see it, the sump pump is located to the left of these things and it sticks out quite a bit into the living area as it is now. There are also two freezers in the far left corner.


The boxes just kept coming even though I’d gotten rid of so much of what I’d acquired over the years. The dog beds were and are still an issue. The boys insist on having all of them. I can’t blame them. I wouldn’t want to sleep on concrete!


The only heat in the house is a wood burner which is obscured behind the old lamp and the ladder. On the wall to the right of the wood burner is the door to the woodshed. A lot of Andi’s dad’s things were still downstairs the day we moved in.


The windows are on the north side so we don’t get much light. They all need to be replaced but that may be lower on our list.

Since I took those pictures things have, of course, changed somewhat. The boxes are all unpacked. Andi’s dad’s tool bins and most of the other things he had down here are gone. My computer desk is set up near the wood burner so I’m toasty warm as I write. We have our living area set up with a couch, easy chair, ottoman, and television. We also have our refrigerator and a microwave down here so we can make snacks and have cold drinks.

I believe the first project will be to build a full bathroom down here. Climbing two flights of stairs to the bathroom is just too much. I’m old. I had children. I get up 3 times a night and need the rest room all day, too. It will be a luxury to have our own bathroom. We’re sharing with our 10-year-old granddaughter right now and she leaves her tiny bras and panties on the floor. Mr. C is getting a stiff neck from looking up every time he enters the room.

With luck we’ll be able to clear out part of the garage in the next few weeks. Our bath will take up space in the garage and in the basement. The two freezers will be moved to the garage. I cannot wait for this project to begin! I never realized how lucky I was to have had an en suite bathroom before. Now I’ll never take that room for granted again!



Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma (known as Bam) who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. I have a disability so you may pick up tips on how to do things when some things just don't work right!

16 thoughts on “Everything Starts Somewhere”

      1. A normal furnace would be great. A lot of homes up north have basements. My daughter’s home has one and has a furnished room and full bath. 3/4 of the basement is not finished, they want to keep it that way to store bikes, kayaks, etc.

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      2. I know of very few homes in Michigan (that aren’t right on one of the Lakes) that doesn’t have a basement.
        Storage is SO important but we have a huge pole barn for that. I’d love to convert the garage to a living room and bedroom and turn the current bedroom down here to a kitchenette.

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      3. It’s good to have options. My daughter’s house has a livable attic that is finished, the area is as big as their kitchen, dining room and living room. When I go visit, I sleep upstairs (the attic),

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      4. I actually prefer the basement over the attic because I hate the heat and heat rises. In the summer this place was nice and cool even when it was over 90 degrees outside. But having the finished attic is really nice! Friends of ours finished theirs and it was lovely!

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    1. Derrick, you’re absolutely right. I want to look back and think, “Wow! It actually looked like that back then!” I’m sure we’ll be able to make it into a really nice space. My only problem is I tend to pray, “Dear God, give me patience….NOW!” lol

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    1. Thank you. We were so lucky that we could move here and keep the dogs and the ducks. Our little Henry is part pit so no one would accept him. And my Remy is kind of huge so most places wouldn’t take him either. And oddly, no apartments seemed to be duck-friendly. lol


  1. Definitely looks like a basement! I’ve never liked basements much although I remember roller skating in my basement when I was a young girl. Just think how fun it will be to share the transformation process with us. I’m with you on the necessity of a close and private bathroom.

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    1. LOL I love it; “Definitely looks like a basement!” I can remember paddling around my basement as a kid because it flooded once!
      I can’t wait to start on things so I can share the transformation. I believe, in spite of the way it is now, that it’s going to be lovely when we’re done!

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