Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Repurposed Basement Day 2..

This is a slow process for a family with small children, a pregnant wife, and the real world spinning quickly around us, but we are trucking on! 

Last night I thought I would jump ahead of schedule and start knocking down a wall while Brent did a little waterproofing (more about that in a minute) but...  I guess I chose the wrong board to mess with and the top part of the wall came crashing down on my face and gave me a pretty bright red gash across my nose and cheekbone!  Really it wasn't that big of a deal, but Brent thought it might be best if I put down the hammer and took my pregnant behind back upstairs and made cookies or something!  

Well today is another story... my face HURTS!  (insert joke here) 

The final step that we finished last night after I posted was to use a waterproofing material that was recommended to us by a friend who owns a construction company.  Once again we have some water issues in our basement, so we are trying to fix the problem without having to do the full dig-out around the house or an indoor drainage system or spend $10,000+!  Our DIY'er approach to waterproofing is also a major reason for the scaled back re-model, we want to be able to watch our waterproofing work for the next year or so before we invest $1000's and $1000's in a full remodel.  

The basement at "440" is approximately 70 years old and as you can see by the pictures is a poured concrete and cement block foundation.  Overall our basement is in great shape and has been used as an unbelievable amount of storage over the many years!  When my Grandparent's were living, this basement was so full of interesting pieces of vintage furniture stacked as high as it could be... It was a place to find anything you could ever want....  oh the memories!  

With all that being said, our water issues basically consist of the following problems:

  • Seepage from the wall joints
  • Water is not coming through the walls
  • Water never covers the entire floor, usually only certain corners
  • Water to our knowledge has never exceeded 3/4 inch
  • Water never remains standing, it usually dries out within 24-48 hours
  • We have a floor drain that works well
  • We do not have a sump pump
  • We have a very small dehumidifier
Here's what we plan to do to fix our problems:

  • Use Pro Flex 900 XLV around the joints and in the hairline cracks in the floor
  • Use Thoro Seal on the lower half of the walls, over the joints, and about a foot out on the floor.
  • Install a sump pump
  • Purchase a commercial size dehumidifier

Pro Flex 900 XLV inserted into the floor joints

Brent has step one of our waterproof fixes completed

Pro Flex 900 XLV Information

Brent also was able to remove the shelving systems that were used for storage.  I am going to recycle them into useful components:

Shelves Before

Where the shelves use to be

This area will hopeful be our entertainment/media area!

Down came the wall that use to separate the "coal room" from the rest of the basement!  This corner of the basement is going to be used for storage due the fact that this is the central location for all of the utilities, electric panels, and mechanical structures of the home...   We thought it would be easier to utilize the area if there wasn't a wall to work around.

Coal Room Before

Coal Room Before

Coal Room After

The next step was to try be as resourceful as we could by preparing the "OLD" wood from the previous walls into usable boards for future projects and scrap lumber needs!  With the recent interest in "Old Barnwood" the value of these boards are worth pulling nails and doing what we could do to save it!  This was a family affair, moments like this with your kiddos are priceless, even if they don't feel the same.

The cost of Day 2 = $? for Pro Flex 900 XLV
(we are still waiting for the bill)
Amount of time for Day 2 = 6 solid hours
The running total of the project = $0 / 14 hours

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I'm BACK>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Just when you thought you could delete this blog off your list of things you never look at, I have decided to put my world back into yours!  

I haven't posted since June and here is a list of some of the reasons why:

Gulf Shores  Beach, Gulf Shores, AL 2012

1.  We traveled all over the place this summer in our travel trailer... our crazy family rocked out Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama .... email me or leave a comment if you need any ideas on traveling in these states I have tons of info to pass on!  

2.  We found out that we were going to be a family of 6!  Our new addition is due on March 18th, 2013 and we recently found out that God knew what he was doing and is giving me another BOY!  We will be welcoming Axel Remington Snyder into our world before we know it!

3.  We didn't think we could wait until March to become a family of 6, so we opened our doors to a new family member in August, his name is Lukas, he is 15 and from Dusseldorf, Germany!  He is here on a foreign exchange program with the local high school and will be staying with us until June.  He is a true blessing and a great fit for our insane crazy family! 

But now to the real reason for me to start blogging again...

It is time for us to REPURPOSE our world again!  This time we are going for the challenge of repurposing our BASEMENT!  I have decided with a minimum of 4 boys + Brent in the house it is time for some much needed recreational space.  I am going to share over the next weeks and hopefully not months the crazy processes that the PROFESSIONAL SNYDER DIY'ER TEAM go through, invent, imagine, and actually can do!  I will share budget, supplies, and processes...   (this should be fun!)  

Our basement is poured concrete that is almost 70 years old!
Our basement is close to 1800 sq feet, we will be focusing on finishing approximately 1200 sq feet of this space during this round of home improvements.
Our basement has water issues
We don't have very much $$$$
This isn't meant to look like a professional job, but meant as a space for some rowdiness, play, and informal hanging out!

This is not intended to be a perfectly finished product that would meet "high living" standards, but it is meant to be a space that is able to be used by our children as they grow up... the nice stuff will come when we decide later in our lives as empty nesters if we want a properly done complete basement finish or an income suite to supplement our income as we travel around the US in our Motor Coach!  LOL

Step 1 is in process as I speak:
Clean out the space!  Remember this house is almost 70 years old... we have some CLEANING to do!  

As I sit here typing (unknown to Brent) he is downstairs with all of the boys carrying everything out and stashing it where ever he can find a place!   

Once we have everything out we will use the shop vac to clean the floors and all of the creepy stuff out of the dark corners, we will be breaking down some of the shelving units that have been put up over the years to make sure that we can reach every nook and cranny with our waterproofing plans.

The cost of Step 1 = $0   Amount of time for Step 1 = 8 solid hours 
The running total of the project = $0 / 8 hours