Friday, March 15, 2013

On the Home Front: Remodeling

Here's my idea: a short post every now and then, with a few photos, of what's going on in my life. I think I'll always call these On the Home Front, so you'll know what's coming. Seems a better title than "upcoming attractions of possible future scrapbook pages".

I'll open with Operation Make the Basement Less Embarrassing and Skanky. I looked up "skanky", just to make sure it's the word I want. The definition I found says:

  • very unpleasant; revolting
  • the act of looking cheap, dirty and nasty

Exactly the word I'm looking for. We have serious work to do here.
After years of indecision about what to do with our unfinished basement ceiling, we finally found a solution we both like. I'll admit I was the holdout, because of a personal aversion to typical drop ceilings. But last week, workers came to hang this grid. It does not come down very far at all.
Phil dropped wood panels in place. That was the easy part. Then he placed clips on all those white lines to snap in wood pieces to cover the grid and -  voila!
This is what it's shaping up to look like. Phil's working on half the basement. The workers come back next weekend to hang more grid on the other half. We still have a ways to go, but it will be well worth it. 

I've been taking photos throughout the process. Not the most thrilling subject for pictures, unless you've been living with a half-finished basement for years, like we have.

Then it's quite exciting.

p.s. If you don't think the basement looks that skanky, wait until I show you the carpet.


22 comments:

  1. loving the ceiling!! love home make overs!!

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    1. Wherr did u find snap in trim like this to cover grid?

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  2. Looks great, I'm sure you'll really enjoy the finished product.

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  3. I love that ceiling! I understand your aversion to the typical drop ceiling but that wood makes it so rich and warm. A great choice! Good luck finishing the rest! :)

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  4. This definitely makes me love a drop ceiling. I had not idea there was anything beyond the usual white inserts. LOL!

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  5. I love this kind of post with a bit of news and real life..and I've learned something new, too! I always thought "skanky" was a peculiarly Irish word..now I know it's worldwide!

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  6. Oooh, very nice!
    We are getting closer and closer to finishing our basement.
    The bathroom down there is next I think.

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  7. lol usually skanky is used to describe people =x but love the new ceiling :)

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  8. Looks great! I wish we had a basement. I have always wanted one!

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  9. That ceiling is awesome! Boy they've come a long way with dropin ceilings. It looks great.

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  10. Wow, the ceiling looks great! Can't wait to see how this project progresses.

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  11. Lovely ceiling...looking forward to seeing it progressing!
    Alison xx

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  12. Oh, that is a major improvement! Kudos to you for finding a solution you both liked.

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  13. Hahahahahahahaha, skanky! That's a perfect way to describe a basement! I LOVE the ceiling. We're trying to figure out what to do with ours too. This is a fantastic solution :)

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  14. Nice post,It is looking beautiful after remodeling.You did good work in this project.Thanks for sharing.

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  15. In response to MOLD... I saw some mold test kits at Lowe's Home improvement stores..
    http://www.allevaconstruction.com/

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  16. Nice post. This is exactly what I want to do. What clips did you use?

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  17. Where did you purchase the clips that hold the trim pieces to cover the tracks?

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  18. Did you use 1/4 or 1/2 inch paneling/finished plywood?

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