Remember last week when I told you there were exciting things on the horizon? Well those things are here!
Today marked the 1st day of our basement finishing project. I’d like to be cool enough to tell you that we’re doing it all ourselves, but that’d just be crazy, so we’re leaving it to the pros. Our contractor was referred to us by Ryan’s cousin and he’s a huge Hawk fan, so Ryan was sold. So far we really like him and his professionalism – stay tuned and if we’re still singing his praises by the end of this, I’ll share his info with ya’ll.
Anyway, the first step in finishing our basement happened long before today. Not only did we have to file a bunch of papers to get the financing for the project, we also had to do some major cleaning/organizing of the things in our basement. This led to 5 boxes going to Goodwill, 3 boxes to the trash and selling a few things on Craigslist. We found a VHS player, lots of mix cd’s, Ryan’s fish tank that he’s had since college (and sadly we’ve paid to move more times that I care to think about) and other random things that were hilarious to find in unmarked boxes.
Then last night, we prepped our house by moving the table under our photo gallery and covering the wood floors with thick paper. The contractors would be coming in through our front door, and he said he’d lay down tarps, but we wanted to be sure that our easily scratched floors were protected.
I’m sure you all know I’m a little particular about my house and like to keep things in their place, so having furniture moved around and paper taped to my floor is going to be tough to deal with for the next month or more.
At 7:30 this morning the doorbell rang and we had wood! (ok, bad joke) but the lumber was here and it was really happening!
When I got home this afternoon I was dreading walking inside and seeing the mess the guys had made as they carried in all of the wood to frame out the basement – but I was shocked when I saw that it looked the same as when I left this morning. Clean contractors? Yes, please!
For the first day they made some really good progress and should be finished framing by the end of the day tomorrow. Then it’s on to electrical, plumbing and then the messiest of all: drywall.
Doesn’t look like much, but any progress is good for me!
While the contractors do the heavy lifting, I’ve been planning – and shopping for the new spaces we’re adding to our house.
It’s a bit rough, but I mocked up a floor plan of what the basement will have once it’s all finished.
Having the basement finished will add another bathroom, bedroom and a living/play room for us. Finally all of Georgia’s toys will migrate to the basement so guests won’t see brightly colored plastic crap the second they walk in our front door. *deep sigh* I’m quite excited about that!
There is lots more progress, shopping and inspiration boards ahead – I hope you’ll stick around! (and tomorrow I’ll tell you about my incredible tile discovery and how I saved more than $400+ off of retail!)