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Photographer: Darrell Hoemann
Jim and Stephanie Sims carry a mattress from the Wanningers' basement.
Designer Casey Kinyoun chats with Heather Wanninger as they eat before getting work under way.
Stephanie Sims keeps herself from falling as she and husband Jim carry a mattress from the Wanningers' basement.
Candles highlight the table.
The chalkboard in the Wanningers' finished basement.
Photographer: Robin Scholz
Designer Casey Kinyoun eats her breakfast while surveying the progress.
Mike Morris and Mike Wanninger carry a hutch from the Sims garage to the Wanningers' house.
Photographer: Heather Coit
Jim Sims uses a level to hang framed photos of one of the Wanninger boys.
Heather Wanninger and designer Kathi Builta hug.
Jim and Stephanie Sims get a look at the plans of Kathi Builta.
A view of the Wanningers' basement before renovation.
Another view of the Wanningers' basement before renovation began.
Heather Wanninger shares the good news about their basement with husband Mike via cell phone as son Jake checks things out.
With the innovative storage center in the background, designer Kathi Builta sits in the Wanningers' finished basement at 207 Fox Run Drive in Mahomet.
Kathi Builta and daughter Kara finish a centerpiece.
Designer Kathi Builta takes a call as she puts the finishing touches on the basement with accent pieces.
Kathi Buita works with Heather and Mike Wanninger on ideas. Xchange designers and families meet for the first time at The News-Gazette on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006.
Joey Wanninger, 4, right, watches Art Shaw and Jim Sims cut boards in his garage as his brother, Johnny, 2, covers his ears in the arms of grandmother Judy Roberts.
Designer Kathi Builta and Art Shaw examine what will become part of bookshelves.
Designer Kathi Builta looks off to Stephanie Sims as they help Jim Sims hang framed pictures.
The Wanninger family is seen in front of their home on 207 Fox Run Drive in Mahomet.
Designer Kathi Builta measures cabinetry as Art Shaw looks on.
Mike Morris measures for crown molding in the basement.
An overview of the Wanningers' basement is seen from their staircase.
Heather Wanninger, left, points out her new shelves and cabinets as she looks over her new basement with designer Kathi Builta.
Heather Wanninger asks designer Kathi Builta about her rocking chair as Wanninger's grandmother, Mildred Toya, looks on.
Heather Wanninger, holding son Johnny, 2, gets her first look at her new basement followed by son Joey, 4, her grandmother, Mildred Toya, and mother, Judy Roberts.
Jim Sims and designer Kathy Builta talk in the garage.
Kathi Builta and Jim Sims put together cabinetry in the basement.
Stephanie Sims draws Halloween pumpkins and ghosts after listing the Wanninger boys' names on the chalkboard in the basement.
Stephanie Sims finishes assembling a lamp.
A list of things to do during the renovation of the Wanninger basement.
Kathi Builta, right, and Stephanie Sims go through all the purchased accent pieces.
Designer Kathi Builta cleans off the Wanninger's parchesi board as she tries to find a place for accent pieces.
Kathi Builta paints a shelf unit black.
Stephanie Sims organizes accent pieces in the Wanningers' basement.
Kathi Builta begins work making a slipcover for Heather Wanninger's chair.
Jim Sims, right, and Art Shaw, who is Stephanie Sims's uncle, continue installing shelves and cabinets in the basement.
Designer Kathi Builta continues work in the Wanningers' basement.
Designer Kathi Builta and homeowner Stephanie Sims look for design elements at Maggie's Place.
Stephanie Sims gets out the drop cloth before painting the walls of the Wanningers' basement.
Stephanie Sims pulls out part of a lamp as she chats with designer Kathi Builta.
Designer Kathi Builta, center, eagerly awaits the revealing of the Wanninger's basement with her daughter, Kara, left, and Stephanie Sims.
Jim Sims prepares a framed picture for hanging.
Heather Wanninger, far right, gives neighbor Stephanie Sims a big hug as Sims' husband, Jim, holding daughter Elizabeth, 2, enjoys the new basement.
Heather Wanninger, left, marvels at the transformation done to her basement as designer Kathi Builta, right, and Wanninger's babysitter, Tate Hollis, 12, look on.
Kathi Builta puts trim around the blackboard.
Kathi Builta, foreground, and Stephanie Sims, check out floor lamps at the Lighting Center in Champaign.
Jim Sims paints the walls of the basement.
Designer Casey Kinyoun, front, Heather and Joey Wanninger, middle, and contractor Mike Morris all work on the walls.
Stephanie Sims takes in all the colorful and funky items at Rebecca's while shopping with designer Kathy Builta.
Joey Wanninger and baby sitter Tate Hollis check out the new toy storage cabinet.
One view of the completed basement.
Another view of the Wanningers' finished basement.
Designer Kathi Builta helps Jim Sims hang a welcome sign.
The Sims crew gets to work unpacking in the Wanningers' garage.
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