Real Estate Renovations

Walls Come Down…

In real estate on March 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

We have had our share of dealings with lenders, contractors, builders, underwriters, appraisers and the like. Finally the walls have started coming down!

(insert praise break HERE….)

So they are starting inside downstairs in the basement.  Scope of Work:  Frame and finish new laundry room, remove existing bar area, construct a new powder rooms and install wood flooring.  There will also be a new central air conditioning system installed and since the furnace is in the basement, I guess that is considered basement work too…

So after a lot of back and forth and talking and viewing etc.  Last week the first walls came down and looked something like this:

BasementDay1

This area once held a built in bar.  It was a cute use of space for it sits right under the stairwell.  But it was still a little awkward to get in and out of because you had to enter through the laundry room.  Once completed, I believe this space will hold a small desk and a computer monitor.  We are completely wireless here, but its always good to have a small workspace and I think when we sell, it will be a neat little feature off the family room. BasementDay1b

Welcome to the new home of our powder room.  These built-in banquettes are now gone ( they came down today) this framing you see is also gone.  The laundry room will become a little smaller and the powder room will sit next to it. We’ve opted for a pump system for the toilet and vanity to avoid too much plumbing and digging, since the bathroom and basement sit below the sewer line.  So the jackhammering began today but was minimal.

My living room looks like a mail order catalog receiving department as we have opted to choose the majority of our finishes rather than picking from the offerings of our contractors.  Hopefully, in the end, we will save a little bit of money by having control of our choices and ultimately we will have the look and finishes we really want.  It’s kind of a big undertaking, trying to get the best deal, tracking auctions, researching manufacturers and dealing with shipping times. But we really hope it will be worth it in the end.

 

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