Andrew wanted me to post a few pictures from the basement as it has evolved. We decided in December, before we knew for sure that we were moving, to finish the basement. We figured, if we are moving into Mom and Dad's house, it will rent better, and if we stay, we will have twice the house. It was a win-win. For several reasons, different things were delayed and then the renter wanted to be in sooner, and what was intially slated to be finished at the end of February, is still a work in progress, but something we are proud of. It has been challenging, but everyone has worked hard to get it done.
We had a wall down the middle of the basement that had a about a 10 foot opening. Rather than have a long skinny family room, we opted to cut the wall back all the way to the hall and have the family room the full width of the basement. That wall, however, was a load-bearing wall, so we had to replace the existing 10 ft beam with a 14 foot beam. Andrew had to build up a false wall replace the beam and tear the false wall down. It took a few people.
Andrew cutting the existing beam away.
Putting the new beam in
Another phase of the project was to move the sump pump. We had a sump pump that was put in by the original builders and sat in a cut off 5 gallon bucket in the middle of the bathroom area. The pump actually only sat a few inches below the foundation of the house and we always had high water in the spring and sometimes in the fall, too. So Andrew bought a jack hammer and the kids helped to dig out a nice BIG hole for a new sump bucket and pump.
|With Plumbing done.|
With the drywall finished, it started looking like live-able space. Even more so after we painted (I forgot to get pictures post-drywall and pre-paint)
Next was carpet.
And bathroom tile
Hopefully, we will be able to finish the rest over the next few weeks.We still have some work to do, but it's been challenging and even fun at times.