So here are the photos of our finished apartment on the ground floor of the house. The before photos don't look so different to the afters but the entire place was ripped apart, the timber structure was all rebuilt, the floors were sanded and varnished and we repainted all the rooms white. In 2 and a half months.
This is how the semi-underground room ended up...
After...it's currently the cats' room so it's not looking particularly stylish but you get the idea
This cost us 12,000 pesos-us$24...a quick sanding and varnish later and it became this cool art-deco desk