Craftsman Bungalow Basement Remodel


First off, can we take a second and talk about how much I LOVE old homes? The character, the detail, the wood work, stone work, quirks and charm - I adore all of it. So any chance I have to tackle a project in an old home, I take it. I will say, reviving the basement in this 100 year old craftsman bungalow was a challenge for sure, but the biggest challenges make the best transformations! My dad has owned this dual apartment home for more than 30 years, and it was in much need of a gut and restore in the basement. Our goal with this project was to take the house back to a single family residence by remodeling the basement apartment into a cohesive living space. Adding a large living area, more storage, a large master suite and luxury bathroom, took this dark sad basement into a beautiful functional level of the house.  Here a few of the before pictures from the project... 

Needless to say, there was a LOT of work to be done. This was a 5 month long project that required a lot of planning, finesse and attention. Walls were torn down, all of the plumbing and electrical were rerun (no easy task!), all of the windows were replaced, concrete dug out and the entire space reconfigured to accommodate the new design of the space.

We wanted to keep the craftsman feel of the original design of the house, so we installed dark mahogany-stained doors and trim and designed the bath with a vintage feel that would suit the style of the home. We exposed the raw brick of the old fireplace that had been in there to add some character to the large family room as well. Diagonal set  french doors were installed to the entrance of the large master suite, and an old "coal storage" closet was dug out and transformed into a large walk in master closet. Soft plush pale gray carpet was laid to warm up the basement and give a smooth seamless look over a rough concrete floor. 

The bath was designed to include a large shower with crisp white beveled subway tile, a private toilet room, a large double sink vanity with a marble countertop and matching storage cabinets to flank it. A counter to ceiling custom mirror was installed to give the space a more spacious look and feel. Hexagon mosaic floor tile was included in the design to lend to the vintage feel of the space. 

Before we move on to all the gorgeous after photos, I want to give a huge thanks to Buck Scarbrough Contracting! Buck and his team did a fantastic job bringing the design to fruition!

Enjoy these "after" photos of this project! What a transformation!