Monday, September 16, 2013

Starting the basement

Here we go, on our next wild home improvement project.  This is the BIG one: the basement. 

Last week, we designed, measured, re-measured, calculated, and finally ordered the wood.  We didn't really like the suggested basement layout because there was a lot... I mean, a LOT of long, pointless hallways.  I don't like hallways much, but Cody despises them and he drew and re-drew the lines until we could eliminate as much hallway as humanly possible.  Here's what we came up with:

Please don't make fun of my MS Paint rendition of our basement. :)  The black walls are exterior, around foundation that has already been insulated.  We are framing them out of 2x3's instead of 2x4's.  The blue walls are interior, which will be framed with all 2x4's.  Everything is getting standard 2x4 top plate and pressure treated 2x4 bottom plate, which will have concrete nails into the basement floor below.  Brown is single doors, light blue is double closet doors.  Oh, and just in case you were wondering, this is NOT drawn to scale. Some things may change still.  But anyway... after designing this and then going through the basement with a measuring tape and measuring over and over, we determined how many of each type of board we would need and ordered it.  Most of it was delivered, the rest Cody picked up with the van.  We started cleaning everything out last Friday.  Today, we finished cleaning (for the most part) and Cody started building the walls.  My friend Symony came by to help us this morning and took these fun pictures.  The captions are also hers.

Cody ready to start framing!
Here goes the first nail...
Huh, did that work?
Let's try this again...
Yeah! It worked!
We're pretty excited.  This is a big undertaking and we're going to take it one step at a time: Framing first, then electrical, then HVAC and rough plumbing, then sheetrock, and finally trim, paint, flooring, doors, and... well, everything.  It'll get done eventually.  In the meantime, I should go take some pictures of my own. :)

1 comment:

Nikki said...

I am in AWE at people that do this sort of thing. Danny and I are COMPLETELY clueless about such projects.