We got the walls of the new basement bathroom done and had the plumbers back to do the rough in. It is really starting to look like a room with the vent and supply lines in and especially with the shower enclosure installed.
Part of the reason I decided to entirely tear out the existing "finished basement" was aesthetic: it was incredibly dated with an unpleasant drop ceiling and an unfortunate layout. I could have kept some parts of it however, if it hadn't been totally un-insulated. I can do SO MUCH BETTER than that.
In order to start the next stage of basement progress, framing up the new walls, I needed the plumbers to come back and move some old pipes out of my way. At the same time they replaced a bunch of aging equipment and re-located the water heater to make a more efficient pipe layout!
I had literally not had the full den and bathroom areas covered in subfloor for ONE DAY when intense overnight rains (and some bad drainage) scared the pants off me. Here's how I IDed the source of the water seepage and fixed it. Thanks rainstorm, I guess.
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.
Having taken a little break, it's time to get back to work. I had a little trouble positioning myself on the "what's next list" so I worked backwards:
Not all 2x4s are created equal and when you are taking on a construction project its important to start with a bunch of good ones. Life is hard enough without dealing with bowed, cupped, or twisted studs. I'm getting ready to start framing the new walls in the basement and I wanted to get the … Continue reading How to Choose the Right 2x4s for your DIY Wall Building Project
Any remodeling project is inherently more or less wasteful. "Out with the old and in with the new" means that something is being tossed and new resources are being consumed. Here are the steps I took to keep limit the landfill content produced by my basement demolition.
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.