Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This is getting a TAD ridiculous!

Remember our once finished basement?? You know, the one that we were simply going to pop a kitchen on into, and call it a suite?

Well, we knew that before we could do anything, we had to demolish and trash the seventies bar counter (as it was dominating the kitchen's turf)...

(It was loud...)

Good. Done. Ready for a kitchen now right? WRONG!

We learned that in order to have a STOVE in the kitchen (which, in my opinion, is pretty imperative), we needed to get a permit from the city to create a legal secondary suite.

Okay fine.

But in order to meet all the legal requirements, we needed to dry-wall any common wall/ceiling for fire-proofing. So, we ripped out the common walls and removed the ceiling tiles (because while we're at it, we're going to replace pipes, re-do electrical, and sound-proof the ceiling). Brian & Candy- bless their sweet souls- came from Fernie, B.C for the sole purpose of helping us (and feeding us and keeping my recently surgeoned mother company).

My Dad worked his butt off despite his surgeoned finger. (Yes, both of my parents have recently had operations and are now temporarily gibbled.) What a trooper!

"Away with you, ceiling tiles!"

When the ceiling came down, Brian noticed that there was no insulation between the foundation and the wall panels (on the walls that we were NOT planning on tearing down). So, since we were dry-walling anyway, we decided to rip it ALL down...

Then our contractors came over, saw the framing, and advised us to tear it down as it had been done wrong. Okaaaaay....WHY NOT?!

So, Tavis & Chryslyn and Sheldon & Rosie came over and helped us remove the carpet and THEN demo the outer wall framing.

We had a few boo boos while removing the carpet, but nothing a good carpet layer can't deal with (right??!?!)!...

Chryslyn and Rosie also thought this was all getting a bit ridiculous...

Oh, and we also demolished the mantle while we were in demolition mode...

This is the spot that was formerly the mantle...

So, what was a beautifully finished basement BEFORE (i.e., 5 days ago), is now a giant dark hole of emptiness (and dust)...

And holes (thank you, plumbers)...

Now plumbers, electricians, contractors, and furnace dudes are filling our home, so things WILL look better.... eventually... I hope!

7 comments :

shareen said...

Wow, who knew putting in a kitchen would turn into a complete gut? Be careful what you start! Looking forward to seeing it all in person one day!

Quinn And Zoe said...

But doesn't it feel sooo good? Keep us updated. This is more exciting than new Zealand
Q

Lowell & Julie said...

BETTER THAN NZ?! You have very strange taste, Quinn...
:)

Bloggy Mama said...

That is crazy... Have fun with the putting-it-all-back-together ;)

Christie and Tim said...

WOWEEEEEEEE that is SERIOUS. I for one am SO excited. I loves renovations. I also love the new house. I'm basically just really excited.

That's all for now. When's your first day Jules?

Ryan,Grace,Penelope&Tytus said...

welcome to owning an oldie but goodie. it always starts with one thing and leads to another. we're having to deal with re-doing an old man's home reno's (meaning instead of getting things done professionally he did it all himself, well into his 70's and he owned it since he was about 30)
anyways, good luck and just keep thinking about the end result!

Devonna said...

Hahahaa ... I can SO relate to this post!!

This is exactly what its been like for us with our entire house!! It was 5 months of work before we could even move in!!

The work slows down once all your stuff is settled into the work space and you have a baby ... the last 5-10% is dragging a bit!

Good luck and have fun with it! It will SO be worth it once you have happy renters settled in!!