Up until this week we did too. But then just like that, we made a decision on the floor, stressed the importance of having our upstairs back to normal for guests coming on the 10th and voila work central around here again. Not that work ever let up, but we haven't had five or six guys in the basement at one time in a few weeks. And let's face it, we're three or four weeks behind schedule.
You know what work central means? It means guys are here before I wake
up in the morning and don't leave before 8. It's too crowded for me to
go traipsing downstairs for photos in the middle of the day, and my Spanish and Russian are limited to about four words each, so getting
good update photos is proving a bit difficult. Last night I went down at
8:30 and had the bejesus scared out of me when I discovered a guy was
down there staining the stairs. All alone. No music on. Not talking to
himself, like I would have been if I were staining steps. Well, I thought he was all alone 'til I opened the pantry door to discover another guy was painting the inside of the door. Apparently I'm the world's biggest pest; the basement is not my space to be in right now.
The flooring showed up Monday and is in the new bedroom acclimating to the space. We bought enough so we can also do the floor in my office...someday. And since it was a clear-out color, we also bought a spare box if we ever have some floor-destroying catastrophe downstairs. Like a water heater that leaks all over the bedroom.
Yesterday we decided to put tile under the stairs where the freezer lives. It hadn't crossed our minds until S went downstairs, discovered the workers had knocked the freezer door open and it sat in a growing puddle. There's a 90% chance one of us will do that someday. Tile solves the potential floor catastrophe issue.
The sink and faucet are installed in the bathroom:
We have a ton of storage in the new linen closet, which I refer to as the off-season bedding storage closet.
The shower is totally finished. But like I said, you just don't know when there are really quiet worker toiling away so there's no way I'm taking a shower down there 'til I know they're done, done.
Over in the den, we've got built-ins that are completely built. (The doors were elsewhere being painted).
To the right of the pocket door in the pantry are the deeper shelves for all our serving ware, baking pans, etc. Basically everything we used to keep on the Ikea Gorm shelves before-renovation.
Tonight when I went downstairs they were leveling a section of the floor in the den so the engineered hardwood wouldn't buckle. It was a big ole mess and there were five people in one room. So while I might have been able to take a photo of the built-ins with their doors on, it just wasn't the time. But I promise, the little section of flooring they had done looked amazing. Amazing.
The end is so close I can taste it. Oh no wait, that's the polyurethane getting circulated around the house by the central a/c. I'd open the windows if it weren't 95 degrees at 11pm, but instead I'll just put some rags in front of the intake vents and pull the covers over my nose tonight. So close.