We’re sorry. We don’t blame any of you who may be growing weary of the continuous tale of our basement woes. (And if you’re just joining in now, you can see what we mean starting here, questioning lost items here, and trying to keep those chins up here). But. We must. Trudge. On.
While this debacle has been going on for over a month, I think I’m clear to say that we’re nearing the end. Our piles of storage bins are still cluttering our office and deck, plus the kitty carriers, tents and those few random bike parts spilling out of my closet. If I could open that folding door without toppling those bins, you’d see what I mean.
While we’re anxious to get our things back into storage, we also want the job done correctly and in a way that the insurance company will cover completely. After all, we were dealing with a basement that had started to evolve into an organism all it’s own. And nevermind that it was beginning to smell a bit like the Swamp Thing’s underarm. Um, ew.
There is some good news. The restoration company did phase one of the job, removing the drywall up to shoulder height and running honkin’ industrial dehumidifiers for solid week. As of last week, the initial cleanup is done, and the basement is stripped naked to its’ bare, clean stud skeleton.
Now the only thing keeping us from implementing our secret project is (surprise!) the insurance company. As soon as the restoration company gets the go-ahead, they’ll be in like ninjas (fingers crossed) to hang the drywall, install new doors for everyone, and we’ll soon be on our merry way toward storage bliss. Looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel after all…
As I just mentioned, we have a trick or two up our collectives sleeves yet (why, hello, mystery project), and don’t you know my lady is itching to whip out the power tools. As if I need an excuse to power up the ol’ miter saw (which in turn gets her one step closer to dipping those brushes in paint). The project goal? We hope to prevent soupy, sewage water belongings in our future.
Of course we’ll keep you in the know as we build, paint, and anchor along the way. Now. Here’s to hoping our contractors and insurance honchos hash out their differences so we can get started.
WOW! You are getting there! I admire you for taking on such a huge project. I can’t get myself to paint our small bathroom!
Jacquelin, of course we can’t take credit for physically knocking out all that drywall, but we are SO ready to start our in-storage-unit project. We want those bins out of our office!
Fingers crossed that you get to start on your Mystery Project soon! We haven’t taken anything that big on yet (the biggest thing we’ve done is rip out a medicine cabinet), but we do have our own (much, much smaller) mystery project that we’re about to tackle: http://hernandohouse.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/i-love-it-when-projects-find-me/
Rumor has it that you are the new leader of the condo association. If this is true, the basement may take on a totally unique look.
Dave, this is true. Time will tell…
Scott and Kim – How old is your building? It’s cool to see the stone walls behind the studs.
It looks like you two are more than halfway through this mess, thank goodness. I feel so bad that you lost so much of your stuff.
Happy Friday and I hope you both have a great weekend!!!
Thank you so much, Chrystie! Your kind words mean a lot to us.
Ann, it’s almost 100 years young! Like a classy lady.
I can so relate! My husband and I are FINALLY almost cleaned up from a flood in our lower level in JUNE! The mess and disarray has really been a challenge to live with – honestly I’ve been cranky most of the summer, I hate to admit. Glad things seems to be coming to an end – and good for you two for turning something negative into a positive with a fun mystery project! Can’t wait to see what you do!