Our Ultra-Industrial Basement Apartment

Do you like that fancy title?

You’re probably imaging something like this.  And that would be nice.  But you are absolutely wrong.

Industrial Basement Apartment

If you’re a new reader, here’s the skinny:
We sold our house.  I was really emotional about it being empty (with the help of the Von Trappes).

Then I kindly left you hanging.  For a few weeks, might I add.

I’d be lying if I said this summer hasn’t been a struggle.

Our house sold a great deal faster than we planned.  In one day to be exact.  As a Realtor, I know what a blessing that is.  Many times people are in the opposite situation, and that is incredibly stressful to NEED your house to sell and be stuck waiting.

We anticipated it taking a month- 2 months to sell our house.  But that wasn’t the case, and we needed to adapt.

I helped my brother in law buy a house earlier this year, and he was kind enough to let us stay in his unfinished basement during our provisional homelessness.

It is not ideal, but we are very very grateful to have a place to live right now.  We are making it work the best way we know how.

Unfinished basement Interiors By Kenz


I would very much love to argue with anyone who says my life is glamorous.

Unfinished Basement Bedroom


I suppose you could call this “revolutionary open concept design.”

Unfinished basement living

Unfinished basement apartment


I wouldn’t say I’m a “very organized person” however, clutter makes me itchy.  I need things to have a place, and I need to know where that place is.  Living out of boxes, and having things EVERYWHERE is challenging.  But I try really hard to let my gratitude take the place of my anxiety.

Also, if you look hard enough, you can see a napping baby in that bundle of blankets.

Unfinished Basement Storage

Unfinished basement Nursery

I know it’s only temporary.  I know we are very blessed that my brother in law is willing to let us be here.  And I KNOW that our new house is going to be worth it.  I have a feeling we’ll look back on this time and have a lot of “Remember when we lived in the basement…” stories to tell.

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  • Very chic! I’m happy that you all sold your house so fast but I get the twitchy as well. Here’s to a speedy build! (Is that a thing? ;))

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    it helps to know it’s only temporary and to try to find a bright side… now that all of your stuff is jammed up together, you might discover new arrangements of furniture for your sweet new house! hurrah! lol 🙂

  • Cassie Bustamante

    you are making it work, and you are with your family so that’s all that matters! and the new home will be worth it!

  • Rita

    Oh, wow! I’m guessing everyone who writes a blog about home is a nester, and as one myself I know how challenging this would be. I know, I know: Yeah, grateful. For sure. But home is where we nesters rest and recharge, and it’s hard to go for long without a solid sense of one. Not truly homeless hard, but challenging all the same. Hoping it won’t be for too long!

  • Oh this is definitely the stuff fun memories are made of. I love how you set up everything. Bedroom, nursery and living room. I see it 🙂 I think you did that very smart.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Trust me it could be a worse situation!! I think the setup is actually awesome for a temporary one! It looks very loft-ish. It will all be worth it!!

  • I remember doing this exact same thing for two months. Have you found a house yet or are close to finding one?

  • lharker

    Now you know you could live in a tiny New York apartment if you had to! Amazing job on creating a super cool living space in tight quarters tho! You will look back on this and laugh one day.

  • You are fabulous, Kenz! Not many people would be able to make your situation look as good as you do. Can’t wait to see new house updates!

  • Swanky 😉 We lived with inlaws for 8 months before buying our house – I can sympathize! There’s one shot you have with the sofa in the foreground and the bedroom area in the background that actually looks pretty fun and loft-like. I think you can totally rock this look 🙂

  • You can do it, Kenz! The set up you have is great even though it’s temporary. What the ETA on your new house now that the foundation has been poured?

  • eranfaraway

    You are champs! I love your honesty and am so glad your house sold quickly. I hope you find the perfect place soon. Hooray for family generosity, even if the situation is less than ideal. Can’t wait to see what you buy!

  • It’s an ADVENTURE!!! Seriously, I know it’s not the funnest thing in the world, but it will be behind you soon 🙂

  • Mindy

    Buwahaha – open floor plan indeed! Wow, I’d be crazed. More power to ya!

  • Girl – you are going to rock this. I do love the open floor plan. But, a wall would probably be nice for you, too. 😉 The storage issue would be enough to drive me batty.

    If you can send some juju our way to sell our house fast, I’d much appreciate it. Tht’s the way it works, right?

  • kelly @ view along the way

    My high school boyfriend’s family was renovating their house, and their entire house was like this – roughed-in, with no actual walls. FOR LIKE TEN YEARS. I’m not exaggerating. So it could be worse: you could be a teenage boy sharing a house with your parents with LITERALLY no privacy. This is the least helpful comment ever. But at least your beautiful furniture makes that open floor plan look pretty fab! 🙂

  • Erin Elizabeth Schultz

    Our entire main floor is hardwood (minus the bathrooms) so when we refinished the floors, we had to move EVERYTHING we owned down to the basement (luckily there is a bathroom down there) We enjoyed it at first, having like 1 giant bedroom… but now we finally got our bed and some stuff moved upstairs, the basement is just like a bachelor pad full of clutter everywhere! It’s driving me nutty! Hold onto your sanity in this scary time!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    to say you are resourceful would be an understatement! I love your closet!