So 2010 was a tough year actually. Not much blogging at all. We really didn't do as much with the house as we wanted to. With hubz out of work a lot this year, the funding for all the projects we want to complete wasn't readily available. And with my new photography venture, house blogging kind of took a back burner... but now with the basement if full swing, there will be a lot more.
The main project we've been slowly working on is indeed the basement. Which I started dreaming about as soon as we bought the place... actually, before. :)
Chapter 1: Early Preliminary Planning (a girl can dream right?) I was right about it being a year before we were able to start finishing the basement. Or at least we've been working on it a little at a time for that long, and we're still not 100% finished...
Chapter 2: Basement Inspiration: Young House Love One of my favorite house blogs. They redid the basement in their old home and gave me several ideas on how to inexpensively and effectively finish ours. They recently moved to a new home, and I can't wait to see how it evolves!
Chapter 3: If Walls Could Speak We began looking at different types of ways to do the walls - our panel adventure began.
Chapter 4: Basement Layout Plan The way we plan to layout the basement once finished. This still remains the same to this day, for the most part.
Chapter 5: Basement Idea Board This has indeed changed. I originally pictured us painting whatever we put up (either drywall or paint-able paneling)... and my color scheme idea has now changed as well. Some things will stay. I will probably create a new idea board soon to replace this one.
Chapter 6: It has began? begun? Started. The "official" start of the basement work!
Chapter 7: Basement Progress! We've Made Some! The title says it all... the first account of the progress we've made thus far.
Chapter 8: Basement Wall Panel The paneling hubz and I have agreed one - picked it out today actually. Hope to be ready to install within a couples months. This project is being funded by my father in law, as sort of our "house warming gift" he'd promised to help us with it since we moved in. With hubz out of work he's been able to devote more time to it. I guess him being laid off has some perks...
In addition to the basement, we did have a few small projects this year... We vowed not to forget the small things, even though money has been tight, and we did some more recapping on our small projects in February. And our "biggest" project this past spring, aside from the basement work, was an old swing set that came with the house, that hubz drug out of the overgrown woods and cleaned up for the kiddos, during our "Spring Cleaning" weekend.