A little over two years ago, Drew and I decided that it was time to do something with the hideous mess that was our basement, and give it a face lift. I gave a little video tour of the before here.
I suck at follow up apparently, because I never did an after. Honestly, we never completely finished it. It was done, and workable, but not completely. My small studio is down there, and some workout equipment.
A couple of weeks ago, I was doing a video tour of our house to show some friends, and I included the basement. As I was taping and walking across the basement floor, I noticed that it squished as I walked across it. The boards also looked a little warped. Not so good!
My first thought was that water had come in through the french doors and underneath the flooring. We replaced the old door last summer when we were doing all of the exterior repairs, and put in a new door that opened on both sides.
I told Drew when we got home that evening about the squishy floors and he immediately went downstairs to investigate. Much to our surprise, the water did not come from the door, but from our water heater. I guess that the bottom decided to no longer hold the water that it was supposed to, and instead, leak it all over our floor.
Drew got to work the next day calling the insurance company. They immediately sent out a restoration company to start quoting us prices for clean up and repair. The man that came determined that about the half of the large room and a small portion of the hallway had been damaged. Thankfully, the water had not gotten into the drywall or underneath the bathroom floor.
Drew and his dad decided that they could do all of the clean up and repair themselves, and worked out all of the details with the insurance company. We have replaced the water heater, and the floors are almost done now.
Drew also decided that he really wanted to create a tile entryway at the doors.
It shouldn't be too much longer before we are finished. We've already talked about buying some area rugs to warm the space up. Drew's ultimate goal was to have a TV with surround sound and nice furniture. I'm not sure if we're going to get that far, but I'll update as we go.