Something I have been putting off since I moved in is cleaning up the basement. It is a typical old house basement: damp, cracked, and dirty. I don’t intend for this to be a place we finish with drywall, or even a place we have a recreational area. But I want a place I can store all my household crap that doesn’t make me shudder every time I have to go down. I will just post a couple pics. They will explain the situation I am in.
As you can see, I am a hoarder of egg cartons, cat food, and beers. Oh, and apparently step ladders (does two make a hoarder?).
And I have these two areas that need some TLC. The left is the crawl space, filled with insulation, dirt, and radon (yup). And the right is the secret room where I plan to build a nice little tornado shelter.
I want a nice space to store my collections. I want shelves that can hold my new canning addiction and a safe, CLEAN place to hide in a tornado. I want to move my washer and dryer down there and not feel like someone is lurking in the crawl space or that I am going to get bitten by spiders. So, my winter/spring project is to clean this place up.
So, on Monday (MLK Jr. Day), I suited up and started some demo and cleanup!
I created this great pile of trash and debris, and carried three large trash bags of old insulation out to the trash (sorry landfill and Earth). I have big plans for this space, and I am pretty excited. I want to:
- scrape off old, loose paint
- patch cracks in walls
- paint walls
- patch hole in floor (did I hear concrete saw?)
- paint floor with epoxy basement paint
- mitigate radon
- build bad-ass shelves for storing my hoard!
- move washer and dryer to basement (this will require a little call to a plumber and electrician)
I hope to hit it hard again this weekend and make a big dent in more demo and cleaning!