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The Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly MindsThe Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly MindsRemember this? Not a happy place. Kevin from Thou Swell used a single word to perfectly describe it – “claustrophobic”.

Now, with bright white walls, new floors and modern touches, this bright and modern basement is the polar opposite from how it started.
Enjoy this little taste of the renovation below, but for more pics and tips head over to Wayfair where I share the complete reveal.

The Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly MindsThe Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly MindsThe Basement Renovation - After pictures | Squirrelly Minds

We ripped out walls and dingy carpet, chiselled concrete supports, laid new floors, ripped out new floors, put down fresh concrete then laid the floors down again…etc etc. All in 4 and a half months. Now that it’s over and rented we still have a hard time believing it’s done, still waking up on weekends thinking “What’s next on the basement to do list?” It will take a while to get used to having free time again, but are we every thankful for it.

Want to see a ton more pictures? I’m sharing the entire bungalow basement renovation reveal today on Wayfair. Head over to check out before and after floor plans, learn about the process, how each room came together, and tips on what you should definitely do (and not do!) if you’re attempting a basement renovation of your own.


See you there!

The Bungalow Purchasing Files – The Bathroom

The Bungalow Purchasing Files - The Bathroom | Squirrelly Minds
1 Diamond bath mat from Anthropologie / 2 Mother-of-Pearl tissue box from Zara Home/ 3 Oak tub caddy from Rodale’s / 4 Porcelain striped tray from West Elm / 5 Ferm living laundry bag from Urban Outfitters /
6 Nate Berkus arrowhead towels from Target / 7 Teak shower bench from ComfortMarket

Like the kitchen, our bathroom will be a part of the massive renovation, so I won’t really be shopping for any of these items for a year or more, but I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.
I’ve been obsessed with this bathroom for ages now – specifically the shower. I just love how it screams scandinavian spa. As of now it’s the main inspiration behind the renovation, and all the items above will help achieve a crisp, scandinavian styled bathroom. Ultimate luxury.

What’s one bathroom luxury you couldn’t live without?

Home | The Bungalow Basement Renovation – Before

The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
I’m actually a little ashamed to show these photos because they’re that bad, and because I thought a little paint and cleaning would actually salvage the space. Oh how I was wrong.

When we did the walk through of our house, my first thought when we saw the basement suite was “it smells dry!”. That’s a huge bonus (/must if you’re smart) for a basement suite in these rainy parts. My second thought was “We’ll slap some paint on the wood panelling, give the carpets a good clean and it’ll be just like new”.

The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
From my Instagram account

Day one into painting and we knew it it would all have to go.

These photos were taken during our walkthrough of the house so they aren’t the best quality. But why don’t we take a little walk through our old basement suite, from the kitchen, the living room, the two bedrooms, and the bathroom. It’s okay, I won’t be offended if you can’t look at all the photos of this ugly ugly space.

The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds
The Basement Renovation - Before pictures | Squirrelly Minds

Looking back at these photos I can’t even believe it used to exist in our house. With four months of HARD work, we managed to transform this nasty 1970′s dungeon into a gorgeous, bright space. I can’t wait to show you the transformation! I know you’ll be totally shocked.

I’ll be sharing all the details on Wayfair this Wednesday, so come back to see how demolition, new walls, new flooring, blood, sweat and tears transformed this basement.

I’m a little jealous of our tenants who get to live there.

The Friday Five – Spring Break

The Friday Five - Spring Break | Squirrelly Minds

Spring break packing guide from Sunglass Warehouse / Waverly Cocoon Tunic from Anthropologie / Homemade sparkly play dough from Pretty and Delectable / 12 TV free spring break ideas from She Knows / Tips for watering your plants while on vacation from WonderHowTo

3:00pm (or technically 2:38pm for me) is the official start to spring break! I couldn’t be more excited, really. With the basement done and me finally having time to focus on the blog and house projects, spring break couldn’t have come at a better time. Aside from a mini trip to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver at the end of my two week break, we aren’t going anywhere this year (though I wish we were going back to Portland!).
So for any of you also about to enjoy spring break, above are travelling tips, crafts to keep the kids busy at home, or fantastic fashion finds no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

What are your spring break plans?

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