In some ways, returning from vacation was very anticlimactic this year. We received good news while away: a construction project that would turn our basement into a recreation room was commencing upon our return. However, that meant we had to immediately empty out said basement.
There was nothing fancy about our basement. It was something of a spill-over living space. Somewhat dark, somewhat humid, quite cluttered, it served as a place to assemble Legos, occasionally do school work, and store stuff. Emptying it meant turning our garage into a temporary storage locker (not too much of a loss, really). But it also led to a lot more clutter on our main floor.
The project is underway (more details in a few moments) and I'm eager to live in the finished product. But it's becoming a bit claustrophobic inside the house. I recently relented and pulled the Legos from their temporary storage in the attic (that made Sam and Caroline much happier) but that's pretty much rendered the dining room unusable to adults. Ah, tradeoffs.
|Note the Costco pack of paper towels in the background. Where does one put the fruits of a Costco visit when the basement is out of commission?|
|Adults used to be able to eat and do work here.|
|After water mitigation.|
|In the midst of framing.|
|New rear doorway.|
|Framing and insulation near closet spaces.|
|New windows, framing, and insulation along our exterior wall.|
|Our sugar maple after Nathaniel was finished.|