Taking the Plunge

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Well, you may be wondering why you haven't heard anything about the basement reno in a while. Maybe you're glad you haven't! I think this is one of those topics that is exciting only to me. Since this is my blog, I get to write about the reno. In glorious detail. Whenever I feel like it.

So to bring you up to date, we had met with a couple of contractors, and I was smitten with the philosophy of Tosh and the green reno company he represents. We got a quote from him, and went to his storefront to go over the details and see some of the products, specifically the cork flooring he recommended. We thought about it for a week or two, then asked for his references. It was another week before we could connect with them. We could have asked Tosh for his references when we were in to see him, but we were really taking our time because we were feeling really cautious.

The references were no less than glowing, and it confirmed everything we had felt about Tosh and the company to this point. So we decided to dive in. We agreed to hire him to do our reno. It was scary and exciting all at once. Exciting because we'll get our basement done, but scary because it costs money!

Aside from all the wonderful living space we'll get, we're also getting the basement properly insulated, which will save us a lot of money in heating costs. At the top of the basement, where it meets the walls of the first floor, you can see right outside, which isn't exactly energy-efficient. It will take about 968 years to re-coup the cost of the insulation, but that's beside the point.

This week, we met with the designer who spent an hour taking measurements after looking at magazine clippings DH and I both liked. We looked at samples of cork flooring and at paint colours. Since we're using recycled paint, there are only 18 colours to choose from, which is kind of a relief. It is much easier to choose when there are less choices!

In about a week, we'll get back a couple of possible layouts for the basement, then we'll choose one and then we'll get a second, more detailed design, then a third design with finishes (cabinetry, lighting, faucets, etc.) chosen, the budget and schedule finalized, too.

I'm really looking forward to the reno process, but especially the finished product. Furnishing it will be another story best saved for another day!

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