[home]: Basement Progress

5.26.2014

Clearing out all of our stuff from basement took quite a bit of time - couple of full weekends and days in between. I was determined not to move 'garbage' around the house and to really look at every single item before deciding to keep it. Well, even though we had couple of big bags of garbage filled and even more bags for Goodwill, I still feel like there was more I could purge but could not find time or energy to tackle.  I am thinking mostly about kids stuff, both toys and clothes. My hope is to take the time and assess these when we work from our temporary storage room back to wherever we will be storing these items. 

And where will be storing these items is a big question as we purposely made our only big storage space smaller for the sake of the rest of the rec/family room in the basement. That means that I will have to be even more ruthless in my purging during round no. 2. 

Here are some of the photos of the basement progress. It almost looks unrecognizable as all the stuff is gone - needless wall are removed allowing more light all around and HVAC was cleaned up. Most of the framing is done in these photos. Next up was electrical work and replacing 3 old electrical panels with only one of them.

View from the little hallway onto both laundry/utility room and left side of the big basement rec/family room.
View from laundry/utility room onto bathroom. We were lucky that there are windows for all of the spaces. Framing for bathroom door is purposely large as we decided to put pocket door there. We were not as lucky with laundry room as there was not enough head room for pocket door there.
Better look at the left side of the family/rec room. As discussed in the previous post we were debating several options and versions of how to handle the support post in the middle of the room. We did not want to remove it as we were keeping the costs down as much as we could and we decided against adding any walls to make this post not feel so alone in the space as we cherished the light and openness of the space as is.

View onto laundry/utility room and wall.
Look from left side of the family/rec room onto the right one; or from front end of the house onto the back end of the house. 

Similar to above, look onto side entry door. While there still appear a lot of HVAC boxes, it is vast improvement from the starting point especially as we needed to take care of the upstairs heating.

Look from a different point proving to us that not creating more walls was a right decision.

Look onto family room from the side door entry.

Also look from side entry onto bathroom wall, where future bar area will be as well as a small hallway at the very end and laundry/utility room on the right.

Look from side door to immediate right where old electrical paneling resided - good riddance!

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