Hi guys! It’s been a little while so I figured I should share a quick update on where we stand with the basement remodel. It’s going… slow.
To be fair, it is a HUGE project with a lot of specialists and moving parts. The framing is up, there is a big hole in our concrete floor (for plumbing), and the wiring is all in. Here’s a quick summary of we are at:
Our (apparently) tiny furnace
SMH, I mean, it has a third zone BUILT-IN. The basement was clearly built to be finished at some point. And yet, the HVAC guy told us it was barely big enough to handle our existing house. Sigh. So much back and forth, multiple opinions. The verdict: our house is very well insulated so it is probably good to handle the load even if not ideal. Not the best scenario, but onward?
The Wall-To-Wall Carpet
I thought this would be a money saver! Yeah, no. If we got the most basic of the basics, maybe, but even if we go with slightly better than basic it will cost significantly more than the engineered hardwood we initially spec’d.
I know! I’m shocked too!
So we are now a house divided. Matt is Team Carpet and I’m Team, Not If It’s Berber. Ha! I think we’ll land on the wood but I am trying to remain open-minded since flooring is one of the last decisions that will need to be made.
Objects On Paper May Be Larger Than They Appear
Once the framing was complete and we dragged our audio equipment in (and finally read through the spacing specs, oops!), we realized our media wall was a little cozy. But as with most things, we have options. We can relocate our water heater to the other side of the basement which gains us a few feet and a nicer squared off space. Cheap, no. Worth it? Yes.
No worries, we can just hold off on some of the furnishings until we save up a bit more. That might even be better so we can get a handle on what we really and how we’ll use the space.
And now that we know where the equipment should go, we have to rethink the media built-in. I plan to circle back to that after the whole room is complete and the sound quality is “blessed” by Matt, ha.
We Accidentally Framed Our Giant Couch Into The Yoga Room
Hahahahahaha this one is just funny. There is a video of the problem in my Instagram story highlights if you want to check it out.
It was a tricky exercise in spatial problem-solving but we got it out without having to remove any walls! Matt and I have many years of teamwork behind us (19 years!), so it didn’t end up being too big of a deal when we put our heads together. We took a bunch of measurements, removed the feet, and did a whole lot of pivoting to “magically” free the couch 🙂 It was a squeaker!
The Design Plan Is Going To Change
Remember that fun design plan post from a few weeks back? Blowing that up. I am completely rethinking the plan now that I see the actual space coming together.
All in all, these are pretty run of the mill renovation problems. They feel like such a big deal in the moment but they always work out. When it comes to renovations my number one piece of advice is always, stay flexible.
Expect that your plans will change in some way, at some point.
I’ve saved myself a lot of stress by just accepting that as fact and rolling with it.
Anyway, that’s where we are at! Nothing profound to share at the moment but a lot of you have asked for an update.
Have a great day 🙂