The Hearth of the Matter


November 1, 2012 by phicks2012

When I finally moved into the Castle the basement was completely unfinished — and by that I mean a slab floor, bare wall joists and ceiling beams, exposed ductwork, brick immediately surrounding the fireplace but no wall covering or mantle, and no interior doors.

One Halloween we hung plastic “Fake Rock-Wall” sheets up as decorations, and left the stuff up for a year because it looked slightly better than what it was covering — at least until it started tearing. Then we went through the “Huge Fabric Celtic Throw” phase for a while, and that looked a bit better, if not much. Mainly the designs are cool, and they distracted the eye from seeing insulation right away, and added splashes of color to the room. But Hey! Every little bit helps, right?

Eventually you have to get serious though, and we started hanging sheet-rock a piece at a time, building book shelves, mudding and painting section-by-section, and working on finishing the area around the fireplace. Ambitious when you consider that no one involved had any training in construction or remodeling, but learning as you go has it’s benefits, too! Call it On-The-Job-Training.

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The basement still isn’t finished. We still need to build extra shelving — especially under the TV to hide the wires — finish sanding the sheet-rock and painting the walls, installing the remaining baseboards, putting in two (or three) more interior doors, and eventually figuring out how to actually have a ceiling. However, we’re slowly getting there, and I don’t think we’re doing such a bad job, really! Check it out, and let me know what you think!

I’d like to get more done before “The End of the World”, if possible. How are we doing?

5 thoughts on “The Hearth of the Matter

  1. Christy says:

    Very nice. And oooh, a Slideshow, good use of WordPress widgits!

    • phicks2012 says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog, and hope you’ll return often! A friend has challenged me to a blog-off — to blog every day in November, and I may well do that. More gardening, doing-it-yourself, furniture repair, and maybe even a few more “Silly Pet Pix”. What do you think? Should I take her up on the challenge?

  2. Derek says:

    Looks good.

  3. Jack Minor says:

    Peggy, you are doing a truly remarkable job. Hope you are doing well. Have a great holiday season.

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