The basement of our brownstone (can you call it a brownstone if it’s brick?) is zoned as a separate unit; separate electric meter, separate gas meter, 2 different points of egress, the whole nine yards. Unfortunately, it’s not what one would call “habitable”.
Have you barfed yet? I did. A little. In my mouth.
I believe I already showed you what was passing for a bathroom. But, just in case, I’ll show you again.
(That gray stuff behind the plunger is steel wool stuffed in the wall. By the number of rat traps & poison we found, it’s probably to try and keep the little suckers out.)
Today, my friends, all this changed! The “Family Team” (aka: our parents) came up and the 6 of us took the basement by storm. Before we go any further, I must say that we have THE BEST family in the world. We could not do this without their help and expertise.
You can use your imagination for what we found under the cabinets.
Want to hear something REALLY gross?? Good. Cause I’m going to tell you.
INSIDE the walls.
Guess that steel wool, rat poison, & sticky traps weren’t just for show.
:-O*** * * (that’s my emoticon for ‘barf’)
And, in case you were wondering, linoleum is a P.I.T.A. to get up. We tried several tools but found the putty knife/scraper was the way to go.
The nice thin blade was the only thing that got under the top layer. Even then, it left most of the adhesive backed lower layer behind (that’s the white stuff, gray is concrete).
We aren’t going to worry much about scraping ALL the way to the concrete. Frankly, what’s left of the plastic is not coming up and it’s evening out the floors. Therefore, it can stay.
We drilled a whole in the left side. That way we could peak inside and see if we really wanted to tackle whatever was behind the drywall. We saw brick, an old fireplace that had been covered over, and a lot of wood.
I know it looks worse now but we have a plan that will actually add about 8″ back of usable floor space.
All in all, we got a lot accomplished.
Also, a there has been a development regarding the flooring situation. We have decided to tile the bathroom and paint everything else.
After spending the better part of the day on my hands & knees scraping up linoleum, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy (well, actually I might) (but I certainly wouldn’t want to do this again). Therefore, we will not be laying any kind of vinyl or linoleum. I’m thinking a nice light color, instead of the current garage gray.
We’re getting there!! How do you think we did??