Digging It: Basement Remodel

Excavation and a small addition to a basement provide light and space for all the homeowner's activities.

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Marjorie and Tim’s modest Craftsman home in Seattle had all the space they needed, except for a place for leisure activities such as watching movies or doing yoga. Their partially above-grade basement was dark and uninviting, but it was dry. So the couple enlisted architect Laura Kraft to help turn the basement into a family room.

Excavating the earth outside the basement’s rear wall led to the creation of a brightly lit room and attractive outdoor entertaining area. Excavating the crawlspace made up for lost storage space.

Adapted with permission from Not So Big Remodeling by Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassalo, published by The Taunton Press (2009).