• So, I was so excited to be done the whole reno thing that I forgot to post! Well, in hindsight, it just seemed like we would get really close to being done then something would crop up to push back the completion date a bit further out.

  • The stucco guys were here today to patch the area where the bricklayer filled in the windows. Tomorrow (I hope) they’ll be back to scratch coat the entire wall to even it out. Judging by the mess today just from the patch, the next coat will be messy…. Very messy.

  • I decided to post a few more photos of what the basement looks like now, a couple of months after the majority of the work is done. The tv went up on the wall (after buying the wall mount on ebay) and it is hooked up to the trial service I am using to test the IPTV service. Oh yeah, that junk in the corner is pretty much par for the course; as you'll see based on the other photos on the site, this basement is a magnet for junk. As much as I try, I can't seem to keep the stuff from collecting down here. But as long as it's a cozy space where we can watch tv and

  • Well, it's been about 6 weeks or so since my last post. For those who don't know (sorry about that...) we had a baby 5 weeks ago. Which explains why I haven't had any time to work on the basement or post anything worthwhile. His name is Thomas and everyone is doing well, getting used to lack of sleep, diapers, car seats etc. Thomas even has his own website. (I don't know where he finds the time to learn to type, read and blog.) So in between diaper changes and work, I managed to finally put up the sliding doors and paint them the trim color which we have used in the rest of the house. Like everything else in

  • This week I have mainly been doing some finish carpentry such as baseboards (a pain) and the trim around the bathroom door (slightly less of a pain). I had to paint everything before I installed it so I set up a makeshift paint area on the washer dryer in the back room. And yes I used drop sheets to catch the paint splatters. It was still pretty crowded back there this week until Saturday when the installer from Neoset came back with the smaller replacement section so that he could fit the unit back flush against the wall. The reason is was still so crowded is that there were still a fair amount of boxes back there, plus the miter