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Where is the summer going? All of a sudden it's August and mere days away from mid-August. Can someone please just order a slow down of time?
Despite being mid-August, we still don't have a fully finished basement renovation. The delay is 100% our fault at this point. First our contractor was on vacation and we wanted to wait 'til he was home, then S was flying and as we expected, the project can't be fully completed until September at least. No worries though, it's just the bathroom that needs a little finish work and the messy part is over, so we've been able to begin living in our new garden level. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't believe this is ours, I can't believe we own this. We such...adults. When on earth did that happen?
Let's take a tour of the new garden level, starting from the dining room entrance. The railing, stairs and trim are all entirely new. The stairs were taken from S's parents' house in the spring when they replaced their pine stairs with oak. We tried to stain them to match our oak floors as best we could and they turned out only a tad darker than the floors in the rest of the house.
beloved pantry. And up on the ceiling you can see one of the twenty some-odd recessed lights that are scattered throughout the basement. They put out a surprising amount of light for such tiny little things; the two in the pantry alone make it like high noon in there. No hiding dust bunnies behind the garbanzo beans anymore.
The pantry is full already, of course:
mentioned earlier S is giving up his desk in trade for a spot in the new bedroom closet for his office goods. For now his desk is living here while we search for a new home on Craig's List. It's also serving as a good spot for me to hide my staging bins - one for stuff that needs to go to the shed, one full of clothes that need to find a home inside and one for stuff that needs to be put away upstairs. It saves me trips up and down the stairs, but would be much more effective if I'd actually take the stuff from the bins and put it where it belongs at the end of the day. Minor details.
As much as I want to show off the new fabulous den and the awesome storage closet and laundry nook right now, someone is at my feet telling me it's time to go our and no, he will not wait twenty more minutes...so the tour will be continued....