It was a busy spring, summer and fall around these parts without a lot (of house work) to show for it. Between our two wonderful boys, a couple of great weddings and a few trips here and there – we were busy! But with the rain returning and the leaves falling comes the desire to get back on the saddle and tackle some house projects. But before we finish up the dining room (who are we kidding, we’re nowhere close), or paint the office, we have to get our basement in order. It’s tough tackling these projects if you can’t even find your tools to begin with.
A great side-benefit of organizing the basement is that the kids will be able to play down there during the rainy months (can you say bike races?). So while there is definitely some more work to be done down in the forgotten floor, I have to say that I am excited about the progress. But like all projects, they don’t go as intended. The plan was to remove the old crappy shelving and work benches and replace them with new (home built) benches. Throw up some pegboard and call it good. Easy enough.
Some previous owner decided they should insulate the basement foundation and installed the insulation with a metal backing. Don’t do that! It essentially traps any potential moisture in the foundation in the insulation. Knowing this, I make it a point to remove said insulation any time I get the chance. When I did it this time, I discovered that the skim coat/parging on the interior foundation had separated at some point from the foundation and bowed out (read: will interfere with pegboard). So without thinking, I started removing these sections. Doh.
While hardly a structural concern, these 100 year-old Portland foundations aren’t exactly like new. There was quite a bit of loose debris behind those sections and I gently removed nearly 4 gallons of material. Not taken care of and this could be a problem. Once cleaned up, I went about filling the holes and skimming them.
Finally I got around to actually building the benches and the originally intended project. Typical spiral effect…
Everything has it’s own place! I’ve got plenty of bench space and everything is within grabbing distance. And I’ve got speakers! No more excuses to put off the rest of the floors now.