Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and encouragement for a project we’ve planned and saved for for years! Just in case you missed the excitement, we’re digging a basement! Well, a highly-qualified construction company loaded with quality employees is doing the digging. I’m just hanging out on the main floor, going about my day, listening and hanging on to my chair (I kid) as our home’s foundation is jack hammered and hauled away, temporarily replaced by poles.
Sounds crazy, right? Only because it is!
For the curious, here’s a video of what our basement looked like right before they started tearing it apart. It’s an old, partial basement with very low ceilings. We used it for laundry, storage, and our extra fridge and deep freeze. The shelves by the fridge served as my pantry, and the room with torn up paneling was kind of a catch all room. It had paneled walls and carpet, and a cardboard ceiling. I kid not.
The action you see at the beginning of the video is the construction crew digging out our crawl space, which filled about half of our house.
I took this video just today. Same basement, but I’m standing at the top of the stairs at the beginning of this one and they’re a little further along in demolition. Yes. It’s loud. No, my children are not napping well this week. Yes, that is all wide open to the outdoors. It’s like we’re a beach house up on stilts! (Without the beach. Bummer.) Where the cement ends at the bottom of the steps is where my washer and dryer were.
Fun times! Notice the sewer pipe just hanging out in the open. We’re thankful they put that back together for us after digging out around it today.
Before tearing anything else out, they’re going to pour one of the new walls in. So exciting! That wall will help keep things stable when the rest is demolished. Our foreman is such a great teacher. We’ve learned so much this week!
Thanks for sharing our journey!