Photo by Lesley Unruh
Photo by Lesley Unruh
I’ve been keeping a big secret, and by now I’m sure you guessed what it is — I am participating in Calling It Home’s Fall 2016 One Room Challenge! This is my first time participating in The One Room Challenge, and I am SO excited to be in the company of such a talented group of designers and bloggers. The participants past and present are A-list all the way! Be sure to check out all of my fellow designers linked at the bottom of this post.
Photo by Lesley Unruh
So, let’s kick this six-week party off with a few introductions. If this is your first time stopping by, my name is Megan, and I’m on a one-woman mission to elevate DIY. In 2013, my husband and I became first-time homeowners, taking on the renovation of our 1901 row house in Brooklyn, and just this year, I started blogging all about it.
photo by Maunuel Rodriguez
Over the course of the next six weeks, I’ll be documenting the transformation of our 100+-year-old basement into a chic and functional guest suit/Airbnb rental. You can bet I’ll be dishing up a lot of my trademark DIY’s and a dramatic transformation. I hope you will follow along — it’s already shaping up to be a wild ride.
After tackling the renovation of our kitchen and doing 90 percent of the work ourselves, we took a breather (kinda) before gearing up for the basement reno. Ready to see where this project started? Let’s dig into the “before” pictures.
One Room Challenge Before:
EEK, it’s not a pretty starting point. Before we could even think about paint colors or flooring options, we had to do a lot of demo. The walls were covered with bad ’80s fake wood paneling, the ceilings were covered in acoustic tiles, none of the walls were insulated, and the layout of the space was crazy.
So we stripped the space back to the studs, opened up the floor plan and basically started from scratch. The plan is to finish off the front two-thirds of the space, creating one large space with a bathroom, a seating area, and sleeping area — think studio apartment. The back third of the space will remain unfinished storage for now. Call me pathologically optimistic, but I’ve got a vision for this space and It actually has a few things going for it, like…
First of all, it has its own entrance — right under the stairs that lead up to the front door of the house — so guests can come and go easily, making the space essentially it’s own apartment. It also has an exit to the garden that we totally transformed a couple of years back.
In the interest of leaving you on a positive note, here’s a sneak peek at the significant transformation that’s already happened in the basement. From demo to drywall, things are already looking up.
Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House
Driven by Decor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart
Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely
Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s
Waiting on Martha Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH
I look forward to seeing you work your magic in this space-
Holly @ The English Room
Thanks Holly, back at ya! ; )
I am happy to meet you and follow along! Looks like it is going to be a big job but sounds like you guys are pros at this!!!
Thanks for stopping by— it’s gonna be fun!
Hi sherry, I’d say we’re sim-pro… LOL
It is a bing job but I’m feeling good about the progress. So happy to meet you too!
It’s nice to find you via the ORC. (Also a first time participant.) I look forward to following along. You’re making me miss living in NY!
Hi! OMG, I’ve been reading your blog for years! So nice to see you over in my neighborhood! Thanks for sayin Hi. 😉
Love love the inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you do! -Shannon Claire
Hi Shannon! Thanks lady, so glad you like the inspiration! I think we’re heading in a fun direction. Thanks so much for checking in!
I am soooo excited to follow your ORC! We do a lot of Airbnb with our Michigan place & your studio idea is perfection! Xx Jana bek
Thanks Jana! I’m super excited to be doing the ORC & take advantage of our NYC Realistate. I bet your airbnb is fab!
Wow! OMG I can’t believe my DIY diva is taking part in this ORC 🙂
So happy and excited!!! I can’t wait to see how you are going to amaze us!
Nadia- your too sweet! It’s gonna be fun. thanks for following along!
Oh goodness I know this will be the dreamiest of dreamy!
Hi Corinna! Thanks for checking in, it’s gonna be a wild ride.
I know you’ll kill it! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!
Thanks Gwen! I’m super excited to see what you have cooked up too!
This is going to be a good one, can’t wait to see how this project progresses!
Hey Lesley! Me too, LOL 😂
YESSSSSA GIRL! I can’t wait to see the incredible things you’re up to! Get it!
Thanks lady 😘
Oh Megan this is going to be good! And some serious hardwork! My grandmother had a four story brownstone in Jersey City and your place totally reminds me of hers. 🙂 Can’t wait to see how this all comes together!
Tricia @ Suburban B’s
That’s so cool! There are a lot of houses like ours around Brooklyn and Queens. I I would not be surprised if your grandmothers house was some version of ours. Thanks for checking in!
as usual, I’m totally wowed by you! xoxoxo
Thanks so much Anna!
Honored to be playing along side you this round!! I cannot wait to see more of your plan!
Same here nancy!
So excited to be joining such great talent as a guest participant and to follow everyone’s transformations! I don’t know how I’ll get anything done today – all I want to do is read through everyone’s ORC!! We’re in the middle of renovating a 1930 bungalow that was previously abandoned for 20 years, so essentially I’m renovating all the rooms simultaneously, but for sanity’s sake only documenting the living room for the ORC.
Your space has so much potential – cannot wait to see what you do!!! XO
LOL, good luck to you too! I’m excited to sit down this weekend and finally check out everyone’s projects.
This is a huge project. So jealous of the city living. Fingers crossed everything goes to plan.
Thanks, Linda. It’s a big project but I’ve got a handle on it : ) excited to share next week’s update with everyone!
Love your garden and that you’re creating a guest suite! Look forwarding to seeing it come together!