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  1. Janet
    Janet at · Reply

    Wow – it looks fantastic Alex!
    Our boys were about your kids’ ages when we moved all their stuff to the basement and I remember what a huge difference it made in our lives. We felt like our house doubled in size.

    1. Alex @ northstory
      Alex @ northstory at · Reply

      Thanks Janet! That’s just it, it felt like the walls were closing in and just this one additional room is such a huge help.

  2. April
    April at · Reply

    It looks amazing and so full of light – I love it!!! Love that you have a walk-out too. I can’t wait to see it in person!

  3. Jolene Fournier
    Jolene Fournier at · Reply

    I love it!

  4. now at home mom
    now at home mom at · Reply

    WOW! 🙂 you have a very nice basement Alex! 🙂 I love the before and the after pictures, they are my favourites. You were very lucky to have a good contractor, we had some issues with our kitchen reno when it was going on (I can’t believe I haven’t posted about it yet) anyhow, I love that your kids already found their place to play and you have found a place for your credenza & a nice new couch 🙂 I would love to decorate a new space too because yes it would feel like Christmas looking for new items to decorate with 🙂
    those laminate floors are very nice too, we have real hardwood in our basement and we regret it because Nathan (Nate) has scratched it already with his truck, he also scratched the one upstairs They also say it’s smart to have laminate floors in the basement in case (water)
    happy you have a new beautiful space for your family and that your husband gets some sleep too 🙂

  5. Ashley
    Ashley at · Reply

    It looks really great! I’m in the market for a similar credenza and I have a feeling I’m going to be waiting a long, long time…

  6. Rambling Renovators (@ramblingreno)
    Rambling Renovators (@ramblingreno) at · Reply

    Great before and after! It feels very Scandi. And its done – even more awesome.

  7. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    Jennifer @ Brave New Home at · Reply

    Haha, I hear you, sister! I was like, Let me research on how to install a recessed medicine cabinet. Pulled up the first page and was like, Nope. Let me see how much wall secured wall cabinets cost 😛 I am just a decorating, DIYing type!

    I love your basement! It has such a great feel to it. Does your square footage include your basement? I come from the land of earthquakes so I have no familiarity with the things : ]

  8. Stacey
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    Alex, this is a jaw dropper! You’re basement space is awesome. And high-five to you for hiring it out. You have no idea how wonderful it is to see something actually get completed. I feel like I can never truly finish anything. It’s so worth it to have a pro come in and take care of business.

    LOVE LOVE those floors! The space all the way around is very light, bright and airy. I swear unless you told me, I would NEVER guess this was a basement. That lovely credenza that I lust over and remember so well looks perfect in the space. I know you must feel so great seeing it shine there. That was one of your great finds.

    Congrats on the renovation. It’s so beautiful! The additional living space has to be improving EVERYONE’S lives. Looking forward to seeing you giving it the Alex touch with beautiful things. 🙂

  9. ScrapAndSalvage
    ScrapAndSalvage at · Reply

    wow. this looks great, alex! how lucky you are to have such a decent sized basement to create this extra space! i love how clean and simple it looks and your girls must be totally stoked! plus i love the credenza!

  10. Gilit @ Shoes Off Please
    Gilit @ Shoes Off Please at · Reply

    Oh em gee, that’s an amazing transformation! You somehow managed to make your basement FULL OF LIGHT!
    I applaud you vigorously

  11. Kate
    Kate at · Reply

    Looks just amazing Alex, and once again a demonstration of what a cool partnership you & your husband have; an eye for design and a mastery of power-tools. If it had been our house, you’d have seen badly mopped-up pools of blood in any photo showing DIY projects with newly acquired power tools. I’ve scoured your pics in microscopic detail and failed to find any; beyond impressive. Can’t wait to see how you accessorise it further (always the most fun bit!)

  12. Danielle
    Danielle at · Reply

    What an incredible transformation and such a great use of the space!! Congrats on the new addition and brilliantly hiring out for the tricky stuff. PS LOVE the credenza!!

  13. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet at · Reply

    Whoah! How sweet is this? I would hang out down there ALL DAY LONG…how many basements have that much light? Not many. Not ours! The floors and trim really finish the look so well. And I cannot wait to see how you masterfully covered that breaker box…but still have access to it. In the home we’re renting right now, the breaker box is so front and center, it’s not even funny. Right now, I have my birthday calendar hanging over part of it, but it’s still an eye-sore…no bones about it. Eager to learn your trick!

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  15. beckipeckham
    beckipeckham at · Reply

    Great renovation. The basement looks great!

  16. Heather @ Interiorgroupie
    Heather @ Interiorgroupie at · Reply

    Wow – sooo much light! Thanks for pointing me to your post, noted the contractors name for when we start our job. Thanks!

  17. Chapslee
    Chapslee at · Reply

    Waooo so cool to see.This article is so informative and useful to me .

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