Water and Other Stuff

Our basement is empty. All the flooring is gone, the baseboards are gone and our stuff is gone. Everything got packed up and shipped off to a climate controlled warehouse to get cleaned and stored until the new floor is installed.

It's dry down there now and late last night they finally took away the huge dehumidifiers. So now we're waiting on the restoration contractor to tell us how much money will will cost to get the floors replaced, new baseboards, and all the doors replaced. The contractor working on our addition is coming over tomorrow with his floor guy to give us quotes too. He's going to give us a quote on wood floors like we had, tile that looks like wood, and Allure floors, which a few of your recommended. I'm worried about the sticky glue in Allure floors and what happens if that gets wet. Obviously I'm a little freaked about water now even though the basement was dry for 80 years. I think we're leaning toward tile that looks like wood. I want wood. We'll see.

We lost a few personal belongings, which we'll replace, but nothing catastrophic. It's not like we lost our wedding album. Not that we could have since I still haven't made it yet, but you know what I mean. We did lose one of S's silk & wool carpets when something bled onto it. I'm not sure how that all works when I ask our adjuster if we can get something more my style to replace it. I think we've got enough of S's carpets, especially since he keeps laying claim to his parents' "when they don't need them any more." I'm all, "shut up, that's our baby sitters you're talking about." He's so morbid.

Outside, the addition foundation is coming along nicely. The footings were poured with a concrete truck, which Little M got to see in action, and the rest of the foundation is built with block. We've been dealing with a lot of rain or at least the threat of rain so the foundation guy decided to work with block since his work would rely less on the weather forecast. Working with block is slooooooow going apparently.

Of course no project is without its challenges and this week's challenge is that our yard slopes much more than it appeared to when there was grass and a shed in place. The rear most part of the new floor in the addition is actually going to be below grade by a few inches. So the foundation needs extra waterproofing, the block will be taken up farther in the back and yada yada. The other option was to excavate out the yard and create a retaining wall, but then our shed would sit about 2' higher than the adjacent patio next to the new retaining wall, so we said below grade it is. The option we chose won't be visible from the outside (nor the inside for that matter) whereas having a shed perched up towering over the yard would look really weird.

Given this week's water issues, we're a little gun shy over this whole decision over here. But there's tar, and extra waterproof membrane going up, and they'll use pressure treated joists, plus we have a sump pump in the new crawl space. And the yard will be graded so the water doesn't collect. It should be good. It had better be good, right?

We've decided to go with a "conditioned crawl space," which means that instead of insulating the floors of the addition, we're going to insulate the walls of the crawl space. The crawl space will then be heated and cooled with the rest of the house. This will make the floor feel much warmer and keep the living room at the same temperature as the rest of the first floor without cold infiltrating the floor below. It's a bit more expensive, but it should make the area much more comfortable. It just seemed like it was the right way to do things. We cut from our budget elsewhere to make it happen. Let me tell you how hard it is to cut from the world's tightest budget. I'll be applying makeup with a flashlight for the next three years because vanity lights were cut. At least I'll be warm when I'm watching TV next January. Who needs makeup anyway, especially when I won't be leaving the house 'lest I miss a moment to enjoy all that we're putting into it.

And on the subject of budget, I've been doing a lot of shopping lately and not just hypothetical shopping to submit a claim for a down pillow soaked with mud. I think we've decided on a vanity and bathroom tiles for both upstairs bathrooms. I've pinned a bunch of good stuff and will start putting together boards soon. This is the fun stuff. I mean apart from the whole buzzkill of a budget of course.

Any good water-related stories for me this week? Little M and I are spending a few days with my parents. We're enjoying the water in their pool. See, water isn't all bad.

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  1. Oh man! This is super stressful I'm sure. Glad to hear that your insurance is taking care of it though. Good luck with everything!

  2. We love our allure flooring. And it has a great warranty.


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