Basement Renovation Transforms a Cold Space Into a Warm Family Room

See the before and after photos from another amazing Candice Olson basement makeover, and get tips on how to turn your home's lowest level into a welcoming place to gather.

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basement-before This cold basement is far from functional. See the after picture.

After years of traveling, Ginny and Oleg have finally put down some roots and bought their first home. They and their two young children, Nicholas and Anya, are thrilled to be in a nice neighborhood, with a good school nearby and plenty of green space. The couple is determined to be full-time parents in their new home, even though they have hectic work schedules and are not generally home at the same time. You see, Oleg works days in neurology at the hospital, while Ginny works nights as an ICU nurse, which doesn’t leave a lot time for togetherness during the week.

Needless to say, they all look forward to the weekend, when they can squeeze in some much-needed family time. The problem was that the one room in their house that could be a great family room was a cold, dark and uninviting basement. In fact, the space was so scary, the kids wouldn’t even go down there alone. Ginny and Oleg really wanted a comfortable and welcoming place in which to spend their precious family time together, reading stories, watching moves and playing games. I grabbed my crew and got ready to turn this frightful family room into a divine design.

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