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Final update of our basement reno


I am sure many of you have probably been wondering what has become of our basement reno. Well it didn’t go as we had hoped, we had to hire another contractor to finish the job but it is finally complete. Check out the pictures attached and see how amazing it turned out.

Picture #1 & 2: the media room and kids play area. Pictures #3, 8 & 9: the hallway. Picture #4: the bedroom closet–all we have to do is paint it and it will be done as well. Pictures #5-7: bathroom vanity and shower. Pictures #10: stairway to the basement.

March 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM 2 comments

Shawn’s birthday party

Friday, January 20 was Shawn’s actually birthday but because Saturday was a better day for everyone especially our families we decided to have his party today. And what a party it was.

As we were waiting for many of the guest to arrive Shawn opened many of the gifts he rec’d. We all enjoyed our newly renovated basement and Shawn’s new Thomas the Train set. Lots of pictures to prove it. Please take note of the first picture of the train set, that is what it looked like before the kids got a hold of it, that’s the second picture. haha!

When everyone finally arrived we enjoyed a fantastic meal De-Ann prepared–lasagna, bruschetta and veggies and cupcakes for dessert. Shawn even got his own cupcake with 2 candles on it while we sang happy birthday to him.

After supper Shawn opened open some more gifts and cards and you can see from the pictures he thoroughly enjoyed himself. As well some of our friends got into the act in helping him unwrap some of the gifts. Shawn patiently opened up each gift and shared each piece of paper with anyone nearby. It was cute to watch.

One of the many gifts Shawn rec’d was a remote control crane from De-Ann’s Dad (Grandpa to Shawn). You’ll see that Faith really took to actually operating the crane.

Another gift I wanted make mention is also highlighted in the pictures below is a card from Denita (a very special lady to both Shawn & Faith–they love her) with 2 loonies in it. This was so important because it showed how great a gift DJ gave to both kids this past Christmas. He gave them each a piggy bank that was designed specifically for them. So Shawn got to go upstairs with DJ to put the loonies in the bank. As DJ says, this is Shawn’s college fund. Love it!

It was a fantastic day altogether and one of the highlights was the meeting of two grandpa’s (Grandpa Nykiforuk and Opa DeGraaf) for the first time–it only took 19 years.

A huge thank you to all our friends and family for a fantastic birthday party for Shawn. I can’t believe Shawn is 2 years old and has been with us for over 6 months!

January 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM 1 comment

Basement reno update

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about the basement reno. And there is a good reason, it has been on hold for a long time, more than 2 months.

As you know the contractor we hired back in March has had a number of things happen to him that has stalled our reno from completing, well just before Christmas he suggested I take the remainder of the money we owe him and hire someone else to finish the basement. I hoped he would be able to finish the job himself before the new year but that never happened so reluctantly I started to ask around for a new contractor. One of the guys in my small group has a son that is a contractor so I contacted him to come in a take a look at what needed to be done and give me a quote. He did so, and he only quoted $600 more than what we owed the original contractor. So, again reluctantly, we hired this new guy.

I have to say though, that it was the best thing we have ever done for this basement reno. Today is the third full day he has been working on the basement and he is almost done. I will take pictures when it is complete but I was so excited to see what he has accomplished in two days I had to share it with you all.

Here is what he has completed so far: grouted the stone tiles on the fireplace, put the butcher block counter top on the dry bar, cut it to fit the corner, sealed it to the wall and put the kick plate and handles on it (it looks like a piece of furniture). He repaired all the walls that had imperfections in them, using drywall compound–then he painted over them–you can’t tell where he did the repairs or painted. He put the sweep on our cold storage door so the cold stays in the storage room. Then he finished most of what needed to be done in the bathroom. Shower wall tiles installed and grouted, vanity is put in with water working, shower fixtures put in and water works, and the light fixture is installed.

The only things they still need to complete: in the bathroom install the thermostat for the heated floor, finish grouting the floor tiles near the door and grout the shower tiles on the ceiling. Then last but not least put a door over the electrical box where we are going to put a picture or bulletin board over to conceal it. Then the basement reno will be complete.

As you can see there was a lot to still be complete on the basement when we hired the new contractor, but he has been excellent, fast and efficient. So thankful for this new contractor and we are definitely going to be hiring him back again when we need him.

January 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM 1 comment

Very busy Saturday

Another busy Saturday. I went to Ikea in the morning along with a ton of other errands. Very productive though. Exchanged some Ikea furniture & got the right ones. Picked up a wall mount for our TV and special wall mounts for my speakers. Then over to Tiger Direct for ethernet cables to finish up our CAT5 set-up. Then I returned some Home Depot items and finally made it home.

At home I put all the Ikea furniture together and put up the paper towel holder in the kitchen. Then I helped De-Ann take some boxes downstairs from our dinning room or should I say “storage area.” It is starting to look more and more like a dinning room.

Then I set out to finish my prep for my class I am teaching on Hell! Wow, what I great topic. I am going through a series with a bunch of people from our church that want to Discover Christianity–either all over again or for the first time. Really enjoying this class and my students.

November 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM 3 comments

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