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Victorian Basement Re-Do

Full Bath

New Floorplan

Full Bath

Full Bath

The Challenge: Turn a long-neglected - and slightly hazardous - basement of this Historic Register Victorian into a fun and safe and family entertainment space. 

Solution: Rework the floorplan to use the approximately 1300 square feet more efficiently. Move or soffit much of the exposed ductwork, plumbing and electrical in the ceiling to make the space feel more open and safe. Repair and/or frame weathered foundation walls to make them ready for kid-approved paint colors. Move the bathroom to a better location and add a shower. Add a fire escape window for parents' peace of mind. Create a colorful kid-friendly kitchenette for entertaining and just hanging out.


Mom and four genuinely creative kids drove the aesthetic from colors to lighting and furnishings. The result is a cheerful, eclectic space that functions safely for kids, parents, and the family's pet menagerie.

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Kitchenette Before

Original Floorplan