We are starting the renovation with the basement. If you’ve driven by, you’ve seen the growing pile of dirt and rubble building up in the yard from the excavation work happening under the house.
The basement renovation has three parts:
Finished Living Space
We are rebuilding the foundation because we have to. We are waterproofing the basement to avoid future regret. We are finishing it to make the most of the space.
We spent more time going and back and forth about the basement than any other part of this project. We considered not redoing the basement. We considered building a new basement on the property and then moving the house to sit on top of it. We considered lots of options in between.
In the end, we didn’t have much choice. We had structural challenges that had to be resolved for the whole project make sense.
But frankly, there is another reason we are redoing the basement. It’s the ‘real’ reason.
In the ‘90’s, Jennifer watched every episode of Law and Order. Multiple times. It was the only game in town back in those dark times. But soon after, the ‘Lifetime’ cable channel started updating their programming to include more true-crime stories and she was able to supplement her habit.
In the mid 2000’s, the Discovery channel correctly identified an underserved market of people with crushing anxiety and depression. They rebranded an underperforming history channel to become ‘Investigation Discovery’. Now lovingly referred to as just ‘ID’, this channel runs true crime and crime reenactments 24 hours a day. Jennifer was able to finally feed her insatiable appetite for the soothing stories of murder, mayhem and revenge. Today, Jennifer’s justice-porn habit is served in an even more intense and personal manner by the plethora of true-crime podcasts like ‘Sword and Scale’, ‘My Favorite Murder’ and ‘Crime Junkies’. If you ever wondered how much true crimetainment there is out there, I refer you to this top 50 list.
The point I’m trying to make here is that we need a well-lit basement which looks just like any other floor of the house instead of what we all know a basement really is… a place of murder.
I’m going to write about the basement in three posts that align with the our approach to the project. Why three blog posts? Because I’m trying to be cool to y’all. Maybe you don’t give one standard dookie about every aspect of murder-proofing the underbelly of the Going Queen. Also, I have to find something to occupy myself with until August 5 of 2018. Also, I’ve been drinking.