We spent much of the weekend cleaning out the future movie/game room and working on the floors, and I will show the finished floor to you later this week. Along with an exciting story about an encounter with wildlife. Teaser!
But for now what I have is pictures of our new foster dog and more rambling about basement plans.
So here’s our new foster boy:
The name he came with is Brunonia, which, according our research, is a wildflower in Australia. We’re calling him Bruno. We’re fostering him for a group called Road Trip Home. They pull dogs from shelters here and then transport them to shelters in Massachusetts, Maine, and New York where there are stricter spay/neuter laws and thus more demand for adoptable dogs in shelters.
This is our first time fostering with them. I liked the idea, since we have so much going on these days, of a definite end date for fostering (he’s leaving on his transport in the middle of October) and not having to work on finding him a home myself–especially the spending lots of time at adoption events part. Our weekends are pretty packed lately and for the foreseeable future. I’m a little nervous about the part where he’s just going to LEAVE, though, and I won’t necessarily ever find out where he winds up (I gather that sometimes you get an update and sometimes you don’t). But he’s a great little dog, and I’m sure he’ll find a wonderful home. And I’m glad he gets to spend a month with us instead of cooped up being boarded.
Now basement. Last week I talked about our plans to turn part of our unfinished basement into the funnest movie/game room ever. This week I made some fancy pictures to give you a little bit better idea of what I’m talking about. Like here’s a very not to scale basement layout:
The basement is completely unfinished, but, at the same time, there are signs everywhere of strange, aborted attempts at finishing it that must have happened at some point in the past. Like how it’s divided into 4 room (in some places by drywall; in others just by open framing). In the storage area right at the bottom of the stairs, someone painted the floor at some point, but everywhere else it’s bare concrete. The walls are painted blue in the back two rooms. The storage room in the back has a drop ceiling, and the future movie room has the TRACK for a drop ceiling, but not the actual panels. As with everything else in this house, it’s difficult to figure out what the previous owners were thinking. But we spend a lot of time trying anyway.
We considered every one of these rooms except the cat room (where we keep the litterboxes; it’s also lined with built in shelves already) as a candidate for turning into the movie room. For a long time, we were planning to use the room right at the bottom of the stairs, for reasons I no longer remember. I guess maybe because it’s the room without windows, so it seemed good for a movie room (and a tornado shelter, which is the main reason we go in the basement right now). Also then you wouldn’t have to walk through unfinished parts of the basement to get to the finished part. But the main problems with it (aside from no windows, which is really more of a disadvantage than an advantage, since we can easily get blackout curtains to block the light from the windows when we’re watching movies) are that there are a ton of wires all over the place that we don’t know what to do with and will need an electrician to help with and this is the room where the hot water heater and furnace are, so they use up quite a bit of real estate. We were having trouble making the layout work in our heads, so, long story short, we moved on to the back room, which, at around 13 by 24 feet, is the biggest room in the basement (and one of the biggest in the house).
Here’s the furniture layout we’re thinking of:
Oh, that foosball part? I bought a foosball table at the thrift store last week. Extra fun! It was marked $40, and it was a little beat up, with a lot of the laminate peeling off. I had Milo and Gus with me, and they were pretty excited about it, but I was hemming and hawing, worried they’d get tired of it after a week. Then one of the women who works there noticed my indecision and told me she’d take $5 off. Sold! I said. Or something to that effect. A minute later she said, “I’ll give it to you for $30. For the KIDS!” And I was like, “I already said I’d pay $35; you are a terrible negotiator, lady.” So, anyway, for $30, they’re allowed to get tired of it if they must. But maybe they won’t.
Reminder about how crappy this room looked just a few days ago:
We were planning out a schedule for getting as close to finished as possible in six weeks, and we made an executive decision to pretty much pretend nothing above the weird drop ceiling track exists for now. So see where the blue shifts to bare drywall? That’s where the track is. And then above that there’s an area with just exposed studs and insulation that we were thinking we’d attempt to drywall over. But. Drywalling is a pain, especially when there are tons of wires and pipes to deal with. And we don’t know yet what our final ceiling solution is going to be. It’s entirely possible we’ll decide to put a drop ceiling in ourselves, and then we’ll feel so silly for having wasted time dry walling something no one’s every going to see. This decision has made us feel happy. And I can crop the final photos very craftily so you don’t even SEE that part. Although I’m telling you all about it, so there’s really no point. I hope that we’ll have time to deal with the ceiling over Dave’s Christmas break, and that it won’t be a thing that drags on FOREVER. But I know there’s no way it’s getting done by November, so there’s no sense pretending.
Okay, so there you go! Back later this week with an actual progress update and beautiful, or at least less hideous, floors!