July 16, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Boost Your Roost contest submission:
300 words or less explanation:
We become teary-eyed when we think of renovating our 1960 rancher’s basement. My husband and I purchased our home from his grandparents in 2007. The home was in disrepair, laying vacant over a year, due to his grandfather’s death and his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Although the basement required mold abatement and the bathroom needed gutting, we wanted to keep the house in the family. Our basement is now mold-free and water-sealed, but it is cold, dark, and unwelcoming – not a place to spend time with family. Currently, our unfinished basement isn’t safe for children, nor functional, so we use it for storage.
My husband, and his extended family, have fond memories of this house and most of those memories were made in the basement’s family room. The family room is where the family congregated, especially around the bar and pool table. We have spent the last five years updating the upper level, and it’s time we restored the basement to its former glory as a family room. We realize that the bulk of the renovation is infrastructure and we are willing to supplement the cost and labor involved. It is important to us to treasure the family home. Finishing our basement would double the space of our modest 1400 square foot home and encourage our family of five to spread out and enjoy every inch. Having a large family room would allow us to comfortably invite family and friends over to rekindle fond childhood memories as well as to foster new memories for our three young children. Since moving in, we have yet to invite the large, extended family to our home – there simply isn’t enough space. It would bring us joy to continue the family’s tradition of gathering in the family room.
I have also created a video to further the woes of our unfinished space and how we intend to renovate the same space into our family room. To view the video, click the photo below.