Let's move along on the house tour, down the steps to our basement! While we were house hunting, I really wanted a "walk out" basement. If you're like how I was, and unfamiliar with walk-out basements, that means that it is not under ground but you can walk outside from the lower level. It is partially underground, but not by more than a few feet. That allows us to have a basement that is not dark or dungeon-like, which is nice for not-so-sunny Seattle. It has also been incredibly useful for us this summer because it's a good 10 degrees cooler down there. Anyway, it's in pretty rough shape, but here's the "before" pictures as well as my plan.