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The best day of our basement renovation was when Ikea delivered all of the components for the built-ins and the kitchen. It all fit in the newly opened up front room so the installation team could work in the other half of the space comfortably. You've got to love the flat pack!

They were meticulous about making sure everything was perfectly aligned, and in a house that's over 150 years old, this can be tough.

We opted for wood cabinet interiors. I like seeing a wood finish when you open a cupboard door, it just feels more polished.

The outside of the cabinets is a white painted finish. We designed the upper cabinets to tuck in neatly under the newly moved heating vents and included a surrounding fridge that sits just a bit proud from the cabinets — a simple detail that added a custom feel to the kitchen. It's actually great to have a second kitchen downstairs for caterers when we host parties and for storing extra bottles of wine.

Here Ikea's Staron counter is being installed. Amazingly, they brought most of the counters — which were each about 12 feet long — down in single pieces and they went in perfectly! In fact, I had no idea that they had been there that morning — that is how quietly they went in and out.

There were a few seams to blend but they were so meticulous that you can't see a single line.

We tried out a few faucets before committing to the Hovskär by Ikea. The black finish is sharp and modern, and ties in with the other black accents that will be included in the decor.

Here are the work stations with the Staron counters and custom powder-coated metal legs just after they were installed. They effectively hide the basement foundation walls out of sight.

Check out the finished basement in H&H's December 2013 issue, plus an Online TV tour in November.

Photo credits:
1-9. Arriz Hassam


Suzanne Dimma

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