Monday, February 2, 2009

No turning back

It's official--

We're beginning the basement remodel. Grab a tissue, all you cousins, aunts and uncles!

We know many family Christmas meals were held here. We know many guests have stayed overnight, a week, several months. The walls hold lots of memories. Unfortunately, the walls also hold grime, a little bit of mold and a whole lotta 30-year-old decorating.

We're first replacing the windows with much larger egress windows, complete with fire-escape window wells. The existing window frames are rotting away, and one pane is currently broken. The whole process will be quite involved, and I'm expecting quite messy. Owen is mainly excited about the backhoe parked in the front yard. He's been living in it the past few days.

Pictures soon.


heather said...

I will be sad to see the green shag carpet go. Is there any way to save it?

Anonymous said...

hope you took lots of "before" pics. . esp of the carpet and the scenic walls :). Jan

Cottonista said...

I failed to mention the remodeling process will span a great length of time. Sigh. So the carpet will be with us for a while yet.

Yes, Janice, we took a few pictures! I saw bits of the mural clinging to busted up pieces of concrete outside. ( :

sherri said...

This is SO exciting, Joyce! I bet the ideas are really churning in your mind. Can't wait to see what kind of decorating ideas you come up with!

les said...

oh, maybe she should just pick a different scene . . . :)