Monthly Archives: January 2011

Floors, part 1

The floors are underway, starting with the bathroom and laundry room, both of which are tiled. Randy, our tile guy, is a multi-talented fellow: he’s worked on some of the other parts of the job (framing, insulation, etc.), he lays … Continue reading

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Walls

We’ve got walls! It’s amazing what a difference it makes – the basement is starting to feel like a finished space and not just a construction site. Now you can really get a sense of the different rooms and their … Continue reading

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Insulation…and a harrowing tale of escape

The insulation is in. It’s hard to tell if it’s any warmer down there, but it’s definitely quieter and less echoey with the insulation in place. We went for the regular batt insulation rather than spray foam. Spray foam is … Continue reading

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Stairs

The new stairs are in! This is good, because the old stairs were: Old – like possibly original to when the house was first built in 1926; Crappy-looking (see photo below); A potential deathtrap and liability due to their rickety, … Continue reading

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Windows and delivery woes

The new windows went in this week. I’m inordinately excited, even though these are typical small, high basement windows that won’t let in a whole lot of light. The basement’s old windows had been painted over or boarded up – … Continue reading

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Go, go, go – stop for Xmas

We’ve had a week-long respite from construction between Christmas and New Year’s. The contractors finished the framing before the break. We now have the skeletons of the different rooms. The electrical work is also well underway – you can see … Continue reading

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