We are just barely past the demolition stage and it is quite a mess. The contractor also ran into several surprises when pulling down the ceiling panels and opening up the enclosed space. Since this area had been finished when the house was built, the stuff that's inside of the basement ceiling like electrical wiring, duct work, and piping were barely secured and drooped down all over the area. An even bigger surprise (which Lee said he had not seen in over 30 years of contracting work) was the house building scraps (e.g., drywall, tiles, wood) that were neatly stacked and stored inside of the enclosed finished spaces. Needless to say, remedying these unexpected findings resulted in some (short) delay and more $$$ from us!
|Ceiling panels removed revealing all the "stuff" barely secured to the ceiling. The primary change to this space, besides ceiling and flooring, is to add a mini-bar (right-hand photo on left) and a built-in media center on wall in first photo.|
|Stairwell going down into basement opening up to add a iron and wood railing to the right. The stairs will be covered with plank flooring matching our main level but transitioning to a darker, wider plank engineered flooring at the bottom.|
It should be great redone. Here are some early demolition photos to show the "potential" and the work involved - I have also stopped using the words "mini-renovation"!