Our Stinson Basement Apartment

Ok! We’ve got a house, we’ve got internet (only took a week. Which was actually really hard. Haha. What have we become?) I’ve got a bunch of posts lined up about the new house. But first things first! Before I packed everything up in Hamilton, I took photos of our apartment there. So let me show you where we lived before we moved.

For those of you who don’t know, when Dan went back to school 3 years ago we had the whole problem of still needing to pay our mortgage. So we decided to move into our basement and take on tenants in the main house. And, while a great idea, was also daunting, since the basement was a terrifying hole.

Also, it’s only 450sq.ft. Which, while an exciting challenge, was still a challenge. Dan applied for school in December 2013 and we started the reno in February 2014. The one good thing about it being terrifying was that there was nothing worth salvaging, so we didn’t feel bad about gutting the whole thing. Plus, it was a great opportunity to update all the electrical and plumbing, which needed to get done anyways. And because we got to start from scratch, we could come up with a really smart design, going through lots of different versions and edits of the floor plan.

In the end, it was the perfect space for us. I don’t think there was really anything that we would of done differently (except maybe make space for a bigger shower. I mean, I know you get used to anything, but she was tight.) And of course, we did miss natural light. There was a pretty decent amount of windows for a basement and we had minimal walls so we could take full advantage of any light coming in. But at the end of the day, it was still a basement, so we had to work with what we had. But we will both still say that if we could move the apartment above ground, we would live there for the foreseeable future.

Anyways, here it is! I’m pretty proud of our cozy little baby apartment. I hope you guys like it! We definitely learned a lot from it, and I’ll always look back fondly on the time we spent here.

Starting in the entryway, as you do. We opted for a door that was half window for more light.

Right at the bottom of the stairs is the door way to the bathroom. We used a pocket door to save space.

On the wall just beside the pocket door, we installed apartment size washer and dryer. I already miss the convenience of having them so close by!

As you walk past the washer/dryer, you’ll find yourself in the kitchen. The pictures are a little grainier because the light was on the other side of the house when I took them, but you get the idea.

We knew how important it was in such a small space to incorporate a dining table/work area, especially with Dan being in school. So we made this built in peninsula with cupboards/storage on the kitchen side and seating on the other two sides.

From the kitchen, we move into the living room. We had custom built ins made for both this room and our bedroom. Keeping it continuous with the kitchen, we used the white slab doors for all the cabinets. We wanted to keep it simple and sleek so as to not add anymore business to the rooms.

Our friends at Circle A Carpentry made and installed the walnut slab on the built ins so we could have a special piece to give more character to the cabinets. Also, a great base to show off some of our favourite things.

To the left of the living room, our bedroom. We had an Ikea storage bed with drawers on both sides so that we didn’t need a dresser. And as I mentioned earlier, built in wardrobe at the foot of the bed for hanging clothes and more storage. Oh, and of course, dog beds are scattered all around.

And that’s it! If you have any questions about sources, I’ll be happy to help if I can, just send me an email at hello@adarlingandadear.com

Stay tuned for photos of the new house later this week!







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