Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Big B

And I do mean basement. We started to remodel our basement two years ago in an endeavor to create more space in our house. Since our house is old (build in 1927) it has posed some interesting challenges. Alex (with the help of some friends and our dads) has done the work himself. We started with replacing the heat and air. The old heater had the repair recipts from 1962 laying on it when we moved in seven years ago. A time bomb waiting to explode or break. We had ductwork put in throughout the basement and had the furnace moved to the corner to take up less space. Then came drain tile and a sump pump to keep it totally dry. Then plumbing, electrical, and framing. We just passed our final inspection today through the city of Wichita. Yahoo! We are going to hire the drywall hanging and finishing as it's a majorly dirty project, and Alex has to be gone so much. When it's finished we'll have a family/play room, full bathroom, laundry room, and storage room. I need to dig up some beginning stages pictures to post, and get down there and take some recent ones of the process. Targeted finishing date: before baby gets here. Can't wait until it's finished...and of course we have vowed we won't ever take on any home project like this again. We'll see.


  1. Oh, what I'd give for a basement! Congrats on getting this far with your big project. Here's to an awesome "downstairs" to send those kiddos to soon! (PS. Be sure to get video if either of them wants to make up a dance and lipsynch to some old Amy Grant songs ;) )

  2. Tim enjoyed his personal tour of the basement, but I think he was most impressed with how much YOU knew about all that was going on down there :) Hope the rest of it is quick and stress free!

  3. Can't wait to see pictures. I'm bet you'll use that room so much and be proud of doing it yourselves when it's complete!