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For those of you who read my blog post way back when about my pending basement reno, you already saw the befores of the former one-bedroom apartment that used to occupy the lower level of our Toronto home. We've decided to turn it into a functional office space instead.

Here's a quick recap of what it used to look like with its crammed corner kitchen, builder-basic bathroom, dark bedroom with rickety shelves and tired wall-to-wall carpet, tiny living room with too many drywalled vents that lowered the ceiling height, a dreary laundry room and the dated entryway.

The demolition process is always a stressful mess, but it's also liberating. There was dust everywhere and it crept up through the floorboards to the rest of our house. But it was exciting to see the whole space transform as the walls came down. We opened up the old kitchen and living area to reveal how big the main room would be (once the furnace was relocated).

I loved how open the area looked when the bathroom walls were out.

We had to break up all of the old 2" white ceramic tile, and here you can see the framing for the new shower.

Garbage bag after garbage bag was filled with the torn-up carpet and old linoleum tile underneath it.

We stored all of our basement stuff under one of the staircases with a bit of plastic on top. Needless to say, it got super dusty too and there were a few times when I needed to dig through the plastic to find something.

Here are the ceiling vents with the drywall removed, right before we shifted them over to the new furnace room. You can see how much headroom they took up right down the middle of the hall.

This was probably the messiest day — when the ceiling was taken down.

Here you can actually see the furnace in its new home next to the hot water tank by the front staircase — so much more efficient to keep all of the hard-working parts together.

The cats were totally confused when we ripped out the closet at the back staircase to open up the basement to the first floor and reveal the stairs hidden underneath.

The laundry room was even off limits so I had to take our laundry to my parent's place for a while.

Stay tuned June 21st for photos of the drywall progress and July 5th for the kitchen installation.

Photo credits:
1-9. Arriz Hassam
10-11. Suzanne Dimma


Suzanne Dimma

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