One good thing about a ranch-style house, at least ours, is that the basement runs the entire length & width of the main floor. So, renovating the space, not only netted us a new living room space, 2nd bathroom and dedicated laundry space, but also doubled our home's square footage. We opted to hire a contractor to do the renovation mainly because we were moving plumbing, adding plumbing and a sewage pump, as well as an exterior exit and new electrical. And, even though I think we could have handled a LOT of the work, we are very inexperienced and frankly wanted a quicker result than self-renovation could have afforded.
I do not have any pictures of what the basement looked like prior to demolition or the renovation. In fact I don't even have any good pictures of what it looked like AFTER the renovation was completed and we furnished and were living in the space full time.
**Smacks forehead in frustration!**
|Our Mailbox, right in front of our house.|
|Our backyard "pool"|
We were also lucky in that we did not receive any flood waters into the house...truth be told, we felt like an island for most of Wednesday, 9/7/11.
|Where it all started.|
|Starting to come up around the edges|
|preservation mode @ 2am; you can 'sort of' see the gist of our remodel|
|2 dehumidifiers plus 2 fans running non-stop|
|Hubby's new perch for Gears of War3|
|bad lighting, and all my pretty carpet is gone|
|Anyone need to go potty?|
We need at least another full week of drying time to make sure the framing and everything behind the drywall is nice and dry and mold-free.
Then begins the slow process to return the space into at least a fraction of what it once was. ~which unfortunately, I failed to photo document. Oh memories, you will have to suffice!~ At least, (bright side, anyone?) this allows us to flex our
So, wish us luck! Anyone have any advice, tips or tricks to anythign we are about to face?
Hope the first day fall has been wonderful for all of you!