The biggest renovation challenge was dealing with the duct work. Neal had to drop the ceiling in two locations with some creative angles and boxes. He created built-in bookshelves around the main drain line. He also raised the floor at the bottom of the stairs to create a feeling of a landing. The new space is exactly what we had hoped for: a multipurpose room and not a basement. It was interesting how it took a life of its own. We added a pantry, moved some doors, and had fun. Neal says This Old House taught him how to build the room—from the drywall, hardwood floor, walls, doors, and pantry, to the can lighting, speakers, A/V cables, built-in shelves, A/V closet under the stairs, and more. He found enormous satisfaction (not to mention cost savings) in doing it himself.
—Bren and Neal from Lawerenceville, GA