Clearing out the basement had been very therapeutic. There is something about getting rid of stuff that cleans the soul. The week before day one of the renovation every last piece of debris was thrown away. The blank canvas was ready so to speak.
The floor plan consisted of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living space, and a storage room with space for a stack-able washer & dryer. The HVAC unit in the picture serviced the main floor above so there was no heat and air supplied to the basement. Plumbing needed to be added to accommodate a bathroom and kitchen. 1,000+ sq.ft. is a lot of space to work with and I wanted to make sure every sq.ft was being used efficiently.
The contractor came over to draw out where the rooms would go and finalize the budget. It looked good on paper but confirming all the measurements with chalk on the ground started to make this feel real. I will say that having a contractor as a step-father has its perks. My wife and I wanted to be involved and do a lot of the work ourselves. There were items that needed to be handled by professionals. Electrical, plumbing, framing, and a handful of other items that we couldn’t do or did not have time to do. January 22, 2015 was day one and we were going to break ground to get started on the first item, installing a sump pump.
The aspirations were high and even though I was limited to a budget I had faith that this investment would pay for itself in time and eventually get back in the black.