Friday, April 27, 2012

Meanwhile in the Basement...

Thank you to everyone for your well wishes for baby Tyler! His arrival certainly came with a fair bit of stress, but I'm happy to report that he's now thriving at home. Now that he's been home a couple weeks and I've gotten caught up on some sleep, I can catch you up on what else has been going on.

With baby Ty coming a month early, you'd expect there to be some things to wrap up around the house, right? Like maybe finishing up the nursery, stocking the fridge, cleaning and laundry, etc. Fortunately, my Type A ways paid off and most of the major stuff was done by the time Tyler arrived. I even happened to go on a major cleaning spree the day before he was born! However, one major project still needed attention...




Yep, that's a huge hole... inside our house... in the basement to be exact. I hinted in some previous posts that Chris was up to something big while I was busy getting the house ready for the baby. Well that something big was a gut renovation of our downstairs bathroom.

Let me explain. Here's a look at the bathroom before...


Since our house only has two bathrooms (this one and the small main bath), the goal was to add a shower downstairs for guests and/or frantic mornings. On the other side of the wall on the left is a big laundry room, which used to look like this...


So the plan was to bust through that wall to expand the bathroom and add a shower. This was our biggest project to date and the first official demolition we've taken on. Now let's be clear, I'm not crazy enough to do demo or construction whilst uber preggo so this was (and still is) Chris' project while I serve only as consultant. He's done a lot of the work himself and for the sake of our time crunch and the desire to get everything right, we've hired out some of the bigger things like plumbing and drywall finishing.

Here's Chris taking his first swing to bust through the wall...


This happened right around the 30 week mark in my pregnancy and the hope was to have the new bathroom done by the time the baby came. Of course, projects like this take time and when Tyler showed up early, things looked like this...


The bathroom was completely gutted and there was a hole in the foundation where the new shower drain had been added. Also please note... no washer or dryer!

Pause a couple of days to have a baby then fast forward to me asking Chris to kick it into high gear so we'd at least have laundry capabilities when Ty and I got home. So he took breaks from the hospital to fill the hole with concrete, clean up, install our new stacking washer/dryer and sheet rock the new bathroom. Here's how the bathroom space looks now...


The whole part on the left is new so we doubled the size of the bathroom, plus there's that lovely shower space in the corner. And here's a look at our laundry area now...


Since we stole a few feet on the right for the bathroom, we nixed the scrub sink and consolidated our laundry space with the new stacking washer/dryer. There's still plenty of work to do to both rooms, but I must say I'm very happy with how things are coming together!


1 comment:

  1. Wow, your hubby does a good job, this looks wonderful! Congrats on the bathroom and the baby!

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