Friday, September 20, 2013


It is time to admit something on this little old blog of mine. It is something that I haven't really mentioned for over a year now, but it is a significant reason why I haven't had much of a chance to do many projects myself. Are you ready to hear what my secret is? I won't hold you off - we are finishing our basement!
And we are pretty much doing it all ourselves. Well, Byron is doing it mostly himself. It has meant that many of our Saturdays and Sundays involve me taking the boy and Byron making progress on our future expanded living area. I think I got the fun job. 
Because we already have a year's (plus) worth of work put into this project, I'm not going to go into a play by play of any part of what we've accomplished so far. Instead, I think I'll give you a bulleted list of what's done and another of what is left to come, as well as let the pictures do the talking. 

  • Frame the exterior walls and the remaining interior walls 
  • Design a half wall to split the two main rooms 
  • Install a service panel dedicated to the basement 
  • Hookup electrical connections (light and power) 
  • Prep rooms for cable hookups 
  • Move the drain in the bathroom to accommodate a tub instead of a shower 
  • Insulate 
I may have missed a few steps, but judging by the amount of time as well as thought that Byron (and maybe a little bit me) have put into this, I know everything has been done with an extremely high level of quality. That man doesn't miss anything. Insulating is what Byron is just wrapping up now. And in my opinion, this step is what has really shown me what it will be like when the space is finished. Our list of things left to tackle is not short, however. 

  • Install drywall
  • Mud, tape, and sand drywall 
  • Tile the bathroom floor 
  • Tile the bathroom shower area 
  • Install bathroom toilet and vanity and run water lines 
  • Install carpet (this will most likely NOT be a DIY) 
  • Install a bank of cabinetry for storage 
  • Paint 
  • Furnish 
  • Decorate (!!!)
And again, there may be a few things that I didn't list that we'll tackle, but you get the picture. Those last few items on the list are what I have been waiting patiently for. Like seriously, I can't wait to decorate! I am eager to share a few of my visions for the space. Warning, a few of my ideas are a little out there. I am really hoping that we can finish things, at least to the point that it is usable, within one more year. I don't care if every last thing is in its place, but it will be nice to let Mason play down there without worrying about the tools that are sitting out (right now the basement is permanently blocked off with a gate). 
So there it is - the secret I haven't talked about. Even in the short time since I started writing this post, we are already almost finished with hanging the drywall, and I think I am going to convince Byron that we might want to hire someone to do the finishing for us.  So who another couple of weeks we could have a few more items checked off our list!

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