Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

The basement is really starting to move along guys, hard work does eventually pay off! Last I updated about it Joe was getting the bathroom floor fixed for me so I could FINALLY move the tub/shower back into its right place! So, two years ago, when I was building all of the walls down here I started with the main kitchen/bathroom wall and realized I couldn’t build it until I got the tub/shower in there first! If I built that wall, that thing was NEVER going to be going into the bathroom through the door. So, two years ago, I slid it in there in the only spot it could sit: directly in front of the bathroom door because the rest of the bathroom floor was all open for the plumbing: hence Joe patching it. So, all this time, over two years, that part of the basement has been almost inaccessible to us, we’ve been getting to it by walking through the wall in the back of the closet, then through our “utility room” and then we could get to the bathroom. It was a real pain in the butt.

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

But, what I didn’t realize, was just how much that tub/shower made the basement feel so small! I waited a couple of days after Joe patched the floor to make sure it was totally dry then I slowly started pushing the tub/shower into place. I built the bathroom exactly as wide as the tub/shower so, of course, it was a pain in the butt to get into place! Fortunately my mom stopped by and just so happened to be willing to help 😉 (If I keep putting people to work nobody is going to stop by anymore lol) Between the two of us we got it into place! So, two years ago, after Joe jack hammered out the slab, this is where I started running the plumbing for the whole house so, I was darned nervous to see if any of it was right. Turns out, I knew what I was doing, the drain lined up perfect! (Miracles do happen!) Mom left and I tackled installing the drain but first I danced around in our bathroom, it was amazing how big it made the whole basement feel!!

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

With the drain installed I whittled away at the basement over the last couple of weeks. I had a bit of a scary moment the other day. With the tub/shower in place it was time for me to install the shower fixtures and get it all running. Joe helped me make sure everything was tight, we got it all installed and ready and turned them on and held our breath. No leaks! More miracles lol. But, then, it was time to find out whether or not I had installed the sub pump correctly two years ago. I was rather terrified, I had never installed a sub pump before and I had long ago lost the manual for it. So, I plugged it in, turned the breaker on and we ran the shower for a LONG time. It worked!!! Oh my gosh you guys it actually all worked like it was supposed to! I try to act all confident etc. but when it comes to home renovation I just expect things not to work first try. It was a good day! I had also noticed that the drain for the bath/kitchen sink was a little high so I moved that down yesterday. (I designed the basement as smartly as I could by putting the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink back to back so their drain is literally a shared sanitary T in the wall between them.) I did this by cutting a section out beneath the drain and moving the drain down with a coupling and then putting the cut out section in above the drain using rubber gaskets (the rubber gaskets worked in this case because above the drain is just the vent pipe – it didn’t need to be water tight.)

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

Dad let us borrow his big dolly and Joe and I (mostly Joe, I love that man so much) got the refrigerator and stove down here. No, we do not need another kitchen or an extra refrigerator or stove but we had them (it is my mom’s old refrigerator she gave us and it was Grandma’s stove) so we might as well use them! The big awesomeness was actually not getting them in the basement no, the big awesomeness was getting them OUT of our garage! Joe also helped me haul the two sink bases down here too and we are finally reclaiming our garage after two years! I danced in the big hole the refrigerator left! I also hauled down here a few more cabinets and still have three more to go. By some miracle I will be parking my car in the garage this winter, yay 🙂 I just cannot wait to get this basement done and get all of my tools out of the garage and down here too and neither can my husband because then he’ll have a real place for all of his masonry gear and tools out in the garage. I am very close to finally getting all of the walls covered in the basement with palette wood and barn wood. I am finished with the closet, almost finished with the bathroom and just have a small place in the main room. I am crossing my fingers that I might just get all the walls done in the basement this weekend!!

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SO, what’s left? After I get the walls covered I’m going to install all of the cabinets down here. Right now I have the two sink bases in but, after that I have several upper cabinets to put in when the walls are done, two in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. Is that a homemade bathroom sink base you see in the photo? Yup, my grandparents’ made that and Joe and I pulled it out of their bathroom three years ago during the renovation! I’m so excited to be able to use it down here! After I get the upper cabinets in I’m going to make wood counter tops for the kitchen and bathroom and get their sinks installed and, after that? It will be time to finally fix the darned staircase! Wish me luck guys!

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

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12 Comments

  1. October 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Congratulations on the successful drain/tub w surround part of your huge job!
    Joy

    • October 31, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Joy, so relieved it is all finally installed and working!

  2. October 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    It’s coming along great! So exciting that you’re going to have so much room! I know the feeling of being able to use your garage again! Totally worth dancing! I’m impressed by all your DIY-ing way more than I could do!

    • October 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Renee! It is just so cool to finally get some space and organization!

  3. October 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Great job!!!

  4. Sue Tait
    November 1, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Gurrrrrrl, you are killin’ me~!! This work is going so fast I can’t even keep up with what you’re doing. How do you work this fast and you aren’t dead yet?? hahaha It looks fabulous, I know you are so proud of your efforts and you should be… Can’t wait to see the next stage of it…
    Keep on keepin’ on, Tarah… What a wonderful job you’ve done~!

    • November 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much Sue, I’ve actually been thinking I need to take a little time off, getting the basement kitchen sink installed was not a good experience lol, some projects just always go better then others. I did go and see a chiropractor last week and that helped considerably, I think that tumble off the deck threw my back out and she said I should go back this week and get adjusted again so I think I’ll do that. Anyway, thank you so much, I’m sorry I’ve been so busy I haven’t emailed you back yet!

  5. Sue
    November 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I just saw this… I have been sort of strung out here myself. Love to hear from you when you get some time, you take care of yourself there!REALLY Watch out for your back… Nuthin’ to fool around with, Hunny~~~

    • November 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you Sue, I am trying to look after myself, I don’t usually notice I overdid it until I sit down later lol, so far though my back has been pretty good, thank god!

  6. November 22, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Lots of work for this time of year. I admire the fact that you tackled it before the holidays. Good luck and looking forward to more updates!

    • November 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Nancy! It was important to me to get this out of the way before winter hit too hard so I could actually work on some projects when it was frozen outside 🙂

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