When we bought our home, the basement could only be accessed from the outside. You can see from the paint on the wall, at some point there must have been a staircase going up into the house. Our basement "before" seemed really creepy, like one those places someone might kidnap and stash you in. And these support columns were all over.
Dad and Josh spent 2 months hand digging the basement floor, so we could have a full 7 foot ceiling height after the finished concrete.
We had a lot of help with the concrete. My Dad and brothers Jeff and Josh came to help us.
The before and after photos are below:
The basement is entirely the "boys space", they have their own small living room, a play room, a full bathroom and their bedrooms.
The boys playroom.
We set up the basement so that it could easily be converted into an apartment should the need arise for someone to come live with us. The boys current playroom is all wired to have a kitchen added someday.
Future Basement Kitchen Plans
The boys bathroom: they have a separate toilet room and double sinks that make it great for sharing.
This room is Kaden's. He finally has his very own room.
The electrical room. Josh did all the electrical work for our home. He is so resourceful and talented! And he saved us thousands of dollars by doing the work himself.
I did what I could to help him. The electrical inspector wanted the ground wires (the copper wires) attached to their own ground panel. Josh had to work and couldn't get away before the inspector was scheduled to come back, so I had to move all the ground wires myself. It wasn't pleasant, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.
The electical/utility room. It is also wiring and plumbed for an additional washer and dryer should we ever buy one.