Archive for November, 2018

Progress upstairs! (Townhouse #6)

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Things are happening upstairs too – I’m really impressed with the contractor I hired for that job. So nice when people exceed your expectations. The plans on paper: Are now becoming real: Wow! Fridge moved, wall gone, new bathroom framed out perfectly! He remembered my request for a pocket door, too. The only thing I’m […]

More walls, more room (Townhouse #5)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Ever since I realized that I couldn’t excavate the whole basement and that I’d have to cut the family room off right at the back of the stairs, I’d been struggling with unsatisfaction with the resulting size of the room. But I hadn’t wanted to move the bedroom wall to enlarge it because I still […]

Let there be light (Townhouse #4)

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

The first thing I had to do, if we were going to take the basement from Dank Cave Hole to Welcoming Family Room, was make sure it enjoyed as much natural light and air as possible. Begone, door! After I took off the door, I ripped out most of the framing. I moved it farther over […]

First steps (Townhouse #3)

Friday, November 9th, 2018

First project in the new house was one of those with the most dramatic impact. As shown in last post’s plans, the basement staircase led directly to a cramped corridor barely 24″ wide. That corridor extended several feet into the rec room (this photo foreshortens it a lot). It made sense that the staircase would be […]

Plans all wrapped up in pretty red tape (Townhouse #2)

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

We chose this house because we thought the basement could easily be converted to hold another bedroom and a bathroom. At first I had wanted to extend the family room all the way to the back of the basement, but then I learned that excavating that might entail new footers, underpinnings, drain fields, sump pump, […]