Tap in the SubFloor, One Tile at a Time

The old basement walls were built from the vinyl tile flooring straight up to the ceiling and attached to 2x2 furring strips that were bolted straight to the painted concrete walls. I want to improve the insulation of the basement and also the air circulation so that no mold will form in dead air cold spaces. First step: install a DriCore sub floor system.

Basement Progress: The Huge Hole to get at the Under-Slab Plumbing

Two weeks ago I took the most dramatic step yet in bringing the basement plans to fruition.  A crew of plumbers showed up at 8 in the morning with jack hammers and tore up a big patch of concrete slab in the basement.  This is step one of removing the ridiculous open-to-the-laundry toilet and shower … Continue reading Basement Progress: The Huge Hole to get at the Under-Slab Plumbing

Basement: the Midwestern Ranch House’s Secret Weapon

A basement is the secret weapon of the midwestern ranch house. (This is one clear advantage we have over all those cool, glassy California Pinterest ranches.) Our basements secretly expand square footage, storage and differentiation of spaces all without bulking up the house to the street or eating up the building site. Sure, basements CAN … Continue reading Basement: the Midwestern Ranch House’s Secret Weapon

Demo with a Dog

Just to throw a wrench in the works once again, I gave myself an additional major delay in construction (or de-construction) at the beginning of the year: bringing home a new dog, Roxie. Here's a little intro to my pup and the techniques I've used to acclimate her to her new life as a construction dog.