We are now 9 months into our basement project and we have 6 months to go. We are hoping to finish a little early though since we have a busy summer ahead of us.
In the past 4 months, the following tasks have been completed:
- Framing is complete and inspected
- Insulation is installed and inspected
- Electrical rough-ins are done (switches, recessed lighting, outlets, etc) and inspected
- Wiring for TV and internet is run
- Bathtub has been installed
- Vent for exhaust fan has been installed
- Fireplace has been installed
Two of the above tasks required cutting holes in the house. The exhaust vent goes from the ceiling in the bathroom and out through the front wall of our house about a foot or so off the ground. The fireplace also needed to vent outside the house so another (larger) hole was cut in the back wall of our house to install the fireplace vent.
The fireplace installation was just completed this weekend. After Bill and his dad installed the vent, Bill and I studied the instructions to arrange the fake logs in the fireplace. It was supposed to be easy because the logs were supposed to be numbered, but of course they weren’t. We did manage to figure it out though. When that was done, we closed the glass door, turned on the gas, hit the pilot, and prayed that we weren’t about to blow up the house. And we didn’t! The fireplace is attached to a thermostat that will be on the wall in this room. The fireplace will turn on and off to regulate the heat in the room. The thermostat needs a bit more testing, but we did manage to get the fire started and it was lovely to see those fake embers burning away.
Next up is putting up the drywall. We decided that we’d buy the drywall and Bill (hopefully with help from a couple people) will hang it. This is scheduled to start the week after Christmas. Then we’ll hire someone to come in and do the taping, mudding, and sanding (aka the really crappy part of the job). Pros will be able to do this, and do it well, hopefully in just a couple of days. This will be a huge time saver for us and really move the project along.