You Ask, I Answer - Part Seven - About The Basement

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wow, I should get a medal for dragging these Q&A posts out as long as I have. ;)
{Remember, it's only because I want to take my time and write nice, long answers for y'all that it's taken me five months to get only part-way through your questions. Hee hee!}
How did your basement renovation turn out? Will there be photos?
Oh, the basement. Oh, the basement.

I feel that I need to back up and explain a little bit about the basement situation for some of the readers that have come along since February of 2011. Yes, that's right. If you do the math it was almost two years ago that this crazy project was started. Oy.

Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote two years ago called When Your Hubby Destroys Your Finished Basement:
On his last day of Christmas holidays, Alex told me he was going to start demolishing the kitchen. Um, what!?!?!?! With no plan? No budget? No internet surfing and googling for 6 months beforehand?

I told him I didn't think it was a good idea, yet. So he went downstairs to "insulate the laundry room". Little did I know that "insulating the laundry room" would lead to him destroying the whole basement.
Alex ended up gutting the entire basement down to bare concrete. (It's kind of scary down there. When I do laundry I have to run really fast and turn as many lights on as possible so that nothing jumps out and gets me.)(Don't pretend like you don't know what monsters I'm talking about.)
It's taken a really long time for this renovation to get going for many reasons:
- Alex is doing all of the work himself
- He can only work on the basement after work and on weekends
- I always seem to sucker him into doing my projects instead
- Most weekends we end up out and about shopping, at the cottage, or going on little adventures
- We had a baby
- We bought The Fixer Upper
It also doesn't help that we never did a proper clean-up of the basement before the reno started. Alex is constantly having to move and work around furniture, boxes, Christmas storage tubs, sporting gear, etc., etc., etc.
All that being said, I am happy to share that there has been some noteworthy progress made in the basement over the last few weeks. We are nowhere near the "finishing" stages but I think I see drywall in my near future. ;)
Stay tuned because I'll be sharing lots of basement posts (with photos!) over the next few weeks. For now, I will share a little sneak peek of some manly-type progress:
Looking better, right?
You can find the rest of my answers to your questions here:


  1. This post could have been written by me! The story of how our current basement overhaul (probably approaching 2 years now)started with my husband "wanting to know" what was in one part of the finished drywall ceiling after hearing a noise (a vole). This turned into the entire basement being gutted, water and electrical issues being found and many, many months before it started to resemble a cozy basement again. The list of why it has taken so long would be identical minus baby and fixer upper. Can't wait to see how this space is transformed!

  2. We really want to start our basement renovation this year, but, it is only one of three big renos we would like to do this year on our fixer upper or as the listing revealed, a "needs some TLC home." Our attic to master bedroom renovation took close to one year 'cause my hubby does the work too. You have def made some progress! Go you!

  3. We all know about the monsters in the basement laundry room! They are the ones that steal all the socks!


  4. You have such a cute blog! Love the mirror coat hanger to hold the snow suits! I'm a new follower!

  5. Wow this sounds kind of like my house.... and I DO know what you mean about something jumping out to get me/you! Can't wait to see what fantastic things you guys accomplish!



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