A Basement Renovation

Submitted by mcrossley on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 18:14
A Basement Renovation
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I am a Reluctant Renovator. The gut job and redux of my 130-year-old Victorian row in Toronto&rsquo;s Little Portugal was featured in the&nbsp;October 2003 issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.houseandhome.com">House &amp; Home</a></em>, &ldquo;Diary of a Mad Renovator&quot;, and after that, I swore I would never do it again. Who are those homeowners who finish a house, only to sell it, and buy another dump because they miss having &ldquo;a project&rdquo;? I just can&rsquo;t go there. And so, for a gal who firmly put her reno days behind her, it took something pretty fantastic to get me thinking seriously about the final frontier: renovating the basement.
And it was this:

Believe it or not, this is a basement, and what a beaut &mdash; so clean and organized, nice light, very few bulkheads, white and crisp but with dark floors. I was on this shoot with photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.michaelgraydon.ca">Michael Graydon</a>&nbsp;in the summer of 2007 and during the course of the shooting day, I started dreaming about my own little basement and what it could be.
Of course, I have so much less to work with:

Small space, low ceilings, weird bulkheads, one little window like a pinhole camera letting in a smidge of natural light, you know, pugly, like pretty much everyone else&rsquo;s basement. But if you dream it, the reno will come &mdash; I hope.
Do you think it's possible to turn this space around?
And without spending a tons of cash?
<em>Photo credits:</em><em>
</em><em>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michaelgraydon.ca/">Michael Graydon
</a>2. <a href="http://www.houseandhome.com/blogs/author/26">Meg Crossley</a>

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