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Our basement is officially gutted.

We’re finishing this floor before we start on the kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs. This way, we can escape the remodel disaster zones and maintain slightly more sanity.

Here is the current layout:

basement layout current

And the intended layout:

New Basement Layout

We’re making some large changes, but we have our reasons 🙂

Reasons 1 & 2: Bedroom-caves

The two rooms down here are pretty useless. They need an egress window to be a legal bedroom.

Bedroom of Cave-ness

The plan is to combine the two rooms into one legal bedroom with a gigantic storage closet. Since we’re turning an upstairs bedroom into the master bath, this will keep our bedroom count at 4.

Reason 3: Terrible bathroom

As we talked about in this post, the bathroom has a terrible layout. Actually, the only thing I like about it is the adorably ugly sink.

Mini Sink

We’ll be removing the space-eating linen closet, and redoing the resulting 7.5 by 8 foot bathroom.

Reason 4: Utility looking room

We’ve introduced this project, also.

Utility Room

We’ll be covering the pipes and wires when possible, and upgrading the floor.

Reason 5: Wandering layout

The basement is currently split with this short hallway.Maze of Doors We’ll be opening the wall up to make the basement feel less cramped and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost in the maze.

Reason 6: It isn’t pretty

Spider Room

Brick linoleum and paneling is not my idea of a good time.

We started demo in the laundry room. Then we scratched our heads a bit about whether we were starting on the laundry room, the bathroom, or the entire basement. The only thing we used on this floor was our 35 year old dryer and it’s slightly younger pal. We decided to gut the whole floor, and hook the new washer and dryer up in their sad little concrete room full of pipes. At this point, that laundry room is frightful looking.Somehow, it looks worse

After making a mess with the laundry room, we realized that step 1 should have been removing all of our stuff. Whoops 🙂 A ton of it is being sold or donated, and we moved everything else upstairs into a spare bedroom. Just emptying out our junk took most of one day. Note to self: have less stuff .

Then we removed bits of the building 🙂  We listed the paneling, carpet, media cabinet and interior doors on Craigslist for free, and it was gone in a weekend. Someone actually paid us $50 for the carpet… even though it was free.

Less basement

Electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures were donated, and we knocked down the hallway wall and  linen closet. The only trash was the carpet pad, some linoleum, broken trim, and the shower.

Voila! Empty(ish) floor.

Empty Basement

After Demo came Discover. The best thing was this linoleum hiding coyly under the bathroom floor.Beatiful vintage find

I think I may keep it.

We also found 29 mice skeletons in one wall. That’s not an exaggeration; we counted. They had a lizard buddy hanging out too.

The less fun discoveries include water :{ Water seeps between the floor & concrete block in the laundry room.  That seam is easily fixed, but both corners of the basement  have seepage through the wall. Shucks

The adhesive on the floor looks like a puddle in that pic, but only the concrete bricks are damp. Coincidentally, that’s exactly where the gutters drain to. Our plan is to improve the gutter drainage, which should fix it. We’ll waterproof the interior corners as a back-up.

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New Toys!

Evidently January was our appliance month. We were on the hunt for a new washer and dryer. Our 35 year old dryer has a place in our hearts…

Washer Dryer Wall

But no longer in the laundry room. We started at Best Buy hoping to take advantage of a relative’s discount. We glanced over the laundry appliances… but they were twice as much as like-new Craigslist sets after the discount.  A new washer and dryer wasn’t worth that much to us, but I kept being drawn to one of  these pretty things next to the entrance.

French Door Pretty

You’ll notice it does not do laundry. It was, however, a perfect condition floor model at half price. The plan was to find this exact type of fridge used on Craigslist and buy it for about $1000… Eventually.  This fridge was 1.) Not on Craigslist and 2.) $1300… making it  more than my budget :{

But we splurged and bought it anyway. Eventually we’ll move it to the ‘breakfast nook’ wall, surround it with cabinets, and get rid of the peninsula. But we can’t put it there since there isn’t a water connection for it yet 😦

We sold the old fridge on Craigslist for $200,

Ye Old Fridge

removed the upper cabinet, displaying the lovely vintage wallpaper,

Snazy Wallpaper

and then the behemoth slid into her temporary purple cubby hole.

Our Fridge

So far I’m still disproportionally excited that I can adjust the temperature of our ice cream from -2 F to -3 F. Plus, the freezer  drawers on the bottom are more functional for us. The most random feature I like is that there isn’t a tray in the bottom of the ice dispenser. No tray means nothing to turn yellow and gross like this:

tray

After our washing machine shopping resulted in a refrigerator, I resumed stalking Craigslist. We found our new set. They were the Samsung 328 series, white, and about 5 years old. They were being sold by a grumpy guy an hour away, who wouldn’t drop the $750 price lower than 675. We planned to wait a week, call him, and try $600 again.

Grumpy Guy's washer

During our wait, a gray 2 year old LG set was listed for $25 more than the Grumpy Guy’s set. This set was closer, prettier, and I  prefer the LG brand to Samsung. Hence: more new appliances. Well, these new would have cost $2150… new to us for $700 is more our style 🙂Our new Washer & Dryer

Our old washer and dryer sold for $200 in Craigslist for-sale land.

So there are our 3 appliances for the month . Maybe next January we’ll find our oven and dishwasher and be done 🙂

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Utility Room

We have an awesome laundry room. It’s huge, has a great sink, and tons of storage.

Laundry Room

Plus this nifty light.

Clothespin Light

But it also has exposed utility-ness. Everywhere. PS: that dryer works perfectly… and it’s 35 years old.

Washer Dryer Wall

Our goal is to make it look less utility cave, and more like this ridiculously beautiful room. Minus 90% of the budget that I’m sure this thing involved.

Luckily for the budget, we already purchased tile for this room and the basement bathroom, and the cabinets and sink will work just fine.

Priority #1 is to cover this wall. We’re going to frame it out about 4 inches and install drywall. That will make Things 1 and 3 flush with the wall (less wire art, yay). Plus, things 5-8 and thing 9 will be hidden. Thing 4 is getting removed; it’s an incorrectly installed inlet for a backup generator.

Wall of Things

Even after bumping the wall out 4 inches, Thing # 2 (The water pressure regulator) will stick out 4 or 5 inches. The water main shut-off requires access, so it will have a door. We’re planning to build the wall out a total of 12 inches there. It will be as wide as the counter.

Currently, a mess of pipes are hidden behind the washer and dryer Those pipes are priority #2 in operation cover-up.

The pipes are alive

Here’s a sketch from Floorplanner with our goal.

3D Sketch

In front of the pipe shenanigans, we will frame in a front-loading washer & dryer with a counter on top. We’ll put built-in storage ( possibly just two Ikea shelves) on the wall behind them. That will both cover the pipe explosion and give us more storage.

Luckily, we have a 4 ft bi-fold closet doors upstairs that we can use to block that lovely view into the utility closet.Cave of Darkness

Then I get to paint. Any room that I get the brown out of feels like victory 🙂

We already have the tile, the cabinets, and the bi-fold door. Here’s the rest of the budget:

2×4 Expedit Shelves for Built-in (2) 180
Counter tops 130
New cabinet pulls 50
Framing & drywall materials: 50
Paint 30
False cabinet for W/D 30
Plumbing/dryer vent/electrical 25
Overage 55
Total  $  550

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