For 15 years, I have not lived in the same place as my mom. For the last 5 years she has lived with my sister and her family, and it has always been a dream of mine that she would eventually spend half her time with us. About eight months ago my mom felt like it was time to start doing that! The only problem: the guest room is in our basement and has very little natural light. We had dreamed in the past about adding windows to our playroom area, and then putting in a wall to close it in and make a little suite for her. When we realized that she was in fact going to come and stay with us part time, we started turning that dream into reality. We have been working on the suite for six months, and my mom has been living in it for almost two months as we finish it. This week I finally finished the kitchenette. We didn’t need a fully functional kitchen because she eats her dinners with us (and cleans up afterward! I can’t even with how much I appreciate this), but we wanted her to have the ability to make meals in her room if she wants to. The challenge is that we have been working on an extremely tight budget, and kitchens are expensive. So we have had to think outside the box, get some items second hand, and repurpose old items. The first before picture you see is where we started from. Originally, the area that is now my mom’s suite was open to the rest of the upper basement level (we have a four level side split) and we told ourselves we used it as a play area for the kids. But it was really just a dumping ground for stuff we didn’t want to deal with. The kitchen nook used to be where I stored all the kids toys (junk they didn’t really play with).