learnin’ curves

Whew!  All your baby names are freakin’ AWESOME.  It makes me wanna have about 70 more kids so I can use them all.  Kinda.  

Today we’re talkin’ about basements.  Do you have a basement?  Texans don’t have basements because the ground is too rocky.  My knowledge of basements before moving to Michigan was limited to my Grandfather’s cellar.  Scary.  Dark.  A bit damp.  Creaky stairs.  Questionable contents in far away corners covered in ginormous cobwebs. 

Imagine my hesitation when I moved to Michigan and went a Bible Study and saw “Come on down to the basement!” Awesome, I thought.  These people are going to tie me up and kill me. (overactive imagination, sorry) What I found was an oasis of  white (white!) carpet.  Light.  Large sectional couch.  Artwork.  Master bedroom.  IN THE BASEMENT. 

I’ve since learned this was a ‘finished‘ basement.  Our/Curt’s first home had a ‘Michigan‘ basement, which is closer to a cellar but way less creepy.  Still with the bare concrete walls, still a little dark- but it’s where you do your laundry and woodworking and hide all your canned goods.  It’s also where you wash the dog.

(still with me?) The Shoebox at TexasNorth is an old migrant house- a rectangle that someone added a cement basement to about 20 years ago.  You can exit down there (term: walkout)  There’s a door at one end with a nice big window.  I always liked that because I feel less likely to be held for ransom in a basement that has an exit.  So, for the past 3 years that’s where our camping gear has lived and the washer/dryer and various electric tools.  Upstairs has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a kitchen/living/dining common room.  It’s little.  Maybe 900 sq. feet?  The basement is equal to that, but not- how you say- finished. You don’t hang out down there.  We have all longed for another place to escape to in this house, especially during the 14th month of Winter.

Until now. 

[It is my opinion that pictures of one’s home make absolutely NO SENSE to those viewing who have never been inside before, and I apologize.  But, I do need to document this time in TexasNorth history.  Put on your creative hats.]

As of Wednesday, half of the basement is a living room, a bedroom, a tiled foyer, and a sewing wall.  We added half a house.  I say we, and I mean Curt… but you know that.   I picked out the paint, though.  It echos the upstairs paint, as does the tile.  The Shoebox is small and craves continuity.

  • Ry now has a serious big girl room that easily transitions into a guest room. 
  • The laundry is closer to my movies- motivation, perhaps?  The tv has been relocated and no longer faces the large upstairs window, making us look like the Griswalds after 6pm glowing blue for all the world to see. 
  • There is carpet and a fabric couch… meaning everything is soooooft compared to the wood floors and leather furniture upstairs. 
  • There are vintage lockers I scored 2 years ago to hold boots and barn coats and marshmallow sticks.  
  • There are recessed ceiling trays in the bedroom and living room, adding height and interest to an otherwise very boring basement ceiling. (Sunday, I thought Worth would appreciate that.)
  • There are yellow walls, blue walls, and wood walls.   This was completely Curt’s idea.  I heard wood panelling and envisioned shiny fake wood of the 70s era.  Erm… boooo.  Now, I absolutely love it.  It’s incredible.  Rough, knotty pine along one wall of Ry’s room and the entire length of the hallway.  You feel like you’re in a cabin.  It’s very warm. Very rustic.  Very un-70s.  Go Curt.  Gold medal for you.

I got a basement.  And carpet.  And a non-random-corner to sew in.  I don’t even know what to do with myself.  Bring on the company and the newest addition to our family.  We have room for you now!

 Come on over!  I’ve got a finished basement!

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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

28 responses to “learnin’ curves

  • Jim

    Way to go. Knowing you two, it’s awesome. And I can picture it which is cool.

  • Cortney

    Fantastic! I wish I had a basement to finish! Unless we decide to try and live in the garage, we are sadly out of finishing options. But, actually *doing* something with the Poltergeist room will be a start, so maybe I should focus on that, eh? Anyway, I LOVE IT, of course, especially the cabin-y paneling!

  • Jtp

    so exciting!!!! I want to see a picture of your sewing wall- I imagine it is very organized and need it to inspire me!!!!

    • texasnorth

      My sewing wall is the wood wall right now… and I’ll be relocating my stuff this weekend. I still need shelves and counters/tables. BUt that’s the fun part 🙂

  • kateohkatie

    Wow – your house really did double in size! So cool 🙂 Does Rylie love her new bedroom?

    • texasnorth

      Ry is mostly excited about rolling ont he floor right now. BUT, I suspect it will be a big hit. I’ve got to move her clothes down there and I think she’ll officially move in this weekend.

  • Lou Kuhn

    That sounds awesome. Jeff is always bummed that people in Texas don’t have basements.

  • Amy L

    WOOHOO! Love the basement! I’ve been waiting to hear about the finished product and I’m not disappointed. Your husband does lovely work.

    The beauty of adding a whole new level to ones home is that you can actually SEND the children to a different level for a peaceful moment or adult dish (not for children ears discussion) time after supper. Enjoy the addition as you approach some hibernation time with the new one!

  • Miss Laura

    Don’t say that if you’re not serious. I WILL show up. Can’t wait to see the finished product…the wood walls were a surprise, and they’re absolutely perfect! I think Curt deserves a shiny Sheriff badge for that one.

  • claire

    The basement looks great!

    Way to go, Curt!

  • Mandi

    That is so, so awesome!!

  • MamaM

    Wow! Looks fab! You’re gonna love that cozy space with carpeting and quiet steps. Ry’s got the best spot in the house….quick get-a-way spot when she’s a teenager.

    Just in time for Super Kid. I can hardly wait to meet him or her.

  • Julie

    It looks great. You’ll need to post pictures as you get everything in and decorated and all.

  • Jessica

    I will be there in 20!

    sigh How I want a TV room. We dont have basements here in CO either because of rock. You know they have to blast just to build a foundation most of the time…..sheesh…..

    and great idea having a big girl room downstairs. We still battle the baby waking up the big girl….boooo

  • Carley

    I heart your basement!

  • amanda

    I’m not going to show this post to Blake because he will experience insane amounts of jealousy. And then we will all suffer. Our basement is so unfinished! It also houses the washer/ dryer and all that stuff we don’t want to look at on a daily basis. I’m so glad you’ve got the extra space now that your little one is coming soooooo soooooooon!

    Which by the way…I’ve been meaning to tell you…about the second child. As you know, I’ve just a second child to the mix and I wanted to tell you that the most surprising thing about the adjustment was this: the increased amount of laundry! [I know. I am such the bearer of bad news!] But, Girl, it’s true. You just need to accept it and move on. It’s really amazing. I mean: how can a 7-pounder add so much laundry?!? But or she will, I promise you. 😉 Prepare. Prepare.

  • The Fabulous SoChi Life

    Cheers to expanded living and a cozy feel. And extra big YAY for Miss Big Sis having a new bedroom.

  • Becky

    The lockers-what a good idea! you need a magnetic mirror in one of them and a picture of Shawn from Boy meets world and you will match my 7th grade locker.
    I am so happy for you and your basement, just the space you and your family will need when superkid comes!

  • annie

    that is so great katie, more space is always needed around here too, what a blessing to have that right before this baby. so so happy for you.
    get your blog plan together for the hospital, you’ve got a lot of fans around here.

  • mom

    Grammie and Pap-pap get to share Ry’s room first….Pap-pap is gonna sleep in that big girl bed with Ry right in the middle! Can’t wait…we leave in less than a week…thinking of bringing my machine too, to work on that Big Girl quilt!
    Curt, you deserve a vacation! or at least a ride on the four wheeler.

  • Margie

    I’m with you about basements, living in Texas and all, and think your’s is totally, totally cool. Not scary or creepy AT ALL. It has an awesome look. I like the mix of colors with the knotty wood paneling. Please show a picture of the vintage lockers someday, too. They sound fetching.

  • ecky

    oooh!! i love it!
    i have wanted to find old lockers to corral our stuff for some time!
    you always have the coolest stuff!!!!

    i can’t wait to see all the new decorations.
    think of all the new curtain possibilities!!!

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