The project begins!
Dad and Bill got started on the basement today. I think they made great progress, and along the way some of the plans got changed. The "office" space came down- all of the shelves and such were removed and the wall cut apart, the door came out along with the ceiling tiles
The "office" wall slid over, making my new laundry room. This was originally planned to be a bathroom, but my Dad convinced Bill it would be more cost effective and a better use of space to move the laundry down here, and put in a shower/tub in the 1st floor bath.
I'm sad I don't get a "new" bathroom, but we will still gain the second shower (upstairs where the washer and drier are now, and much easier to plumb above grade) and I will be happier doing laundry in a dedicated laundry space, and not on the bathroom floor! Bill will run my laundry shoot all the way down here, and I'll have much more space to sort and fold. We will have a big laundry sink and a linen closet in here too, so it will be a nice addition to our living space. As he points out, our laundry situation is only getting worse! More kids, more laundry! The main floor bath will get a tub and shower, saving $$ since the sink and toilet are already there. Hopefully we can rework the storage in there, and make a more efficient linen/medicine closet, and although I'll still have to come upstairs, it will only be one flight to shower!
This will be the "little boys" room, this back wall will have 2 closets and some open shelves. Where the spiral is now we will have a set of bunk beds, and this will be mostly a play space for my little guys! With the den and their toys and the laundry down here, I suspect we will spend a fair amount of time down here come next winter!
There is still a TON of work that needs doing, and the cleaning out of the garage hasn't even been started... so I know this will be a long process, but I'm happy to see some work getting done. And, I don't think it will take me too long to get over my sadness over the bathroom situation... I may be slightly "sour" with Poppie for a while though ;)