As Jamie said yesterday, our basement reno is moving at breakneck speed and yesterday was no exception. We love it. The guys were here before 7:30 AM, which is a half hour before we all agreed was a reasonable start time. They have a key to the basement door, so we really don't care when they start work in the morning, we're just super impressed that they show up so early.
Day three was to be spray foam insulation day. We decided on spray foam after doing a bit of research on its waterproofing qualities and when I saw that the installation company used an eco foam that wouldn't have any off-gassing, we were sold. To optimize the waterproofing our contractor decided to spray the foam first before framing, this way the wood from the framing wouldn't touch inherently moist concrete and the foam would get into all the pores of the concrete.
While the older Russian guy continued to work on plumbing (side story: our contractor is from Russia and his crew is made up of 2 Russians and 2 Spanish-speaking guys, only the contractor and the Russian foreman speak English. It's all very cool since my dad works in Ukraine and S's dad speaks fluent Russian - the foreman even complimented S's dad on his Russian the other day saying he sounds like he learned in Russia as opposed to a language school in California. Plus, Russians are known for their tile work and we are beyond exited for our new custom tile shower.) Anyway, while the older Russian guy continued to work on plumbing the two Spanish-speaking guys worked on scraping old paint off the basement walls in preparation for the spray foam. Apparently the foam's waterproofing qualities are best when there is no paint on the walls, especially loose paint.
Once the paint was scraped the super colorful insulation guys (colorful language, not foam...) hooked their huge construction trailer up to our 240v. circuit breaker for the dryer and got to work spraying all the walls. At the end of the day the basement looked like this:
They even got all around the concrete window ledges. As the older Russian guy said, "no water." Awesome.
Next up, framing the walls and deciding how big to make our pantry closet! We're loving this speed.