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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

Basement Reno: 6 month mark

The 6 month mark for our basement was October 24. That date has come and gone and there is quite a bit to be done, mostly little things, but still quite a bit.

You will see from the pictures below our contractor has started the shower tiles finally and all the flooring, trim and doors are installed. Everything looks so great. I just can’t wait for the rest to get done. Still to complete the shower, vanity and lighting in the bathroom. And in the living room the tiles on the fireplace. Then a whole bunch of little things like the door for the electrical box, filling holes in the trim, touching up blemishes on walls, finishing door jams and other door fixtures and lots of cleaning. I probably have missed some things, but hopefully this will all be complete by December.

Picture #1: our storage room is starting to fill up. Picture #2: the cold storage door and handle is installed. Pictures #3-5: the subway tile is starting to be installed in the bathroom shower. Picture #6 hallway is looking great with all the trim, flooring and doors installed. Love the openness and size of the hallway. Pictures #7-8: shows the tile that De-Ann has chosen for the fireplace. Picture #9: is the funky light fixture De-Ann chose for the living room opposite of were the TV is going.

November 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM Leave a comment

Day 106-108 of the reno

We are hopefully only a week away from the reno being complete. This past week the baseboards and trim around the doors were put up and the floor was completed.

Now all that is left is the shower tiles in the bathroom, the vanity, light fixture and in-floor heating switch. Also, the stone tiles on the fireplace, and the door for the electrical box.

Other than that, I have to put up the TV on the wall, the speakers and the cabinet to hold all the audio / video components. Last but not least my brother is coming on Wednesday to finish the CAT5 wiring for the internet for the basement. Then and only then will our reno be complete. Then there is the furnishing of the basement, which is where De-Ann takes over.

But more importantly we finally get to empty our dinning room of all the boxes and furniture and we can finally use our garage for what it was meant to be used for … parking!

Keep checking in, because I am sure there will be a few monkey wrenches  thrown in for good measure. It never works out the way you plan. Uggh!

October 22, 2011 at 8:40 PM Leave a comment

Ikea adventures

If you don’t already know our house is full of Ikea furniture — much to De-Ann’s chagrin. haha. She said “tonight I can’t believe how much Ikea stuff we have.” She count about maybe 10 items that AREN’T Ikea. Love it.

Well we added some more Ikea furniture to our collection yesterday. As you most know we have been getting our basement renovated. Well it is in the finishing stages now, so we have started to move furniture down there to get ready for a guest — special guest — De-Ann’s Mom. She will have the privilege of sleeping in the new bedroom downstairs, for the first time.

Back to our addition of Ikea stuff. Last night we went to Ikea with my Father-in-law’s truck (my dream truck–Ram 2500 with Cummings diesel engine and extended bed). We went there to get furniture for the basement. We had a list, De-Ann loves to make lists. Anyway, we had to get storage shelves, a day bed for the bedroom, kitchen cabinetry for the dry-bar in the living room, and some cabinets for De-Ann’s office and art supplies. Oh and we were suppose to get a TV stand for the components but I forgot to pick up the parts for it. I’ll explain in a minute.

Before I get into our trip to Ikea, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Aby and Chase for graciously offering to take care of our little monkeys (Faith & Shawn) while we went on a “date.” Not much of a date, we went to Ikea to pick-up furniture. Well we did stop to eat for a few seconds. We each had two hotdogs and shared a Mountain Dew–I go all out for our dates!!!

After we ate we quickly made our way to the different departments in the store to get the codes (aisles and bins) to go and pick-up our furniture. You probably know that it all come in flat boxes and you have to put it together yourself. I get to that in a minute. Back to our shopping trip, we first went to the living room section to look at TV stands. We took too long trying to figure out what would work for us. We had to find something that would hide the components from the kids but also we could use the remote without having to open and close doors. We finally found the perfect cabinet. Crazy thing though, in all the excitement of picking up all the boxes in the self-service warehouse I completely forgot to pick-up the boxes with the cabinet in it.

From the living room section we got all the codes for the day bed & mattress, the storages shelves and then we went over to the kitchen department to order the cabinets De-Ann designed in her note book. She explained the design to the lady at the computer and they put together an order that we found out later on we had to pick-up at another location. The stop at the kitchen department didn’t take as long as I thought, so we had a few more minutes before the store closed. But I didn’t realize De-Ann still have one more thing on her list. She wanted shelves or cabinets for her art and office supplies.

Again it was close to closing and don’t forget we have to pick-up the special ordered cabinets from another location. So I was trying to remind De-Ann we needed to go and pick out all the items we want and then pay before the store closed. Well she hurried but we heard the 15 minute warning and then “the store is now closed please head to the cashiers right now.” As we were running down the stairs we grabbed two carts and De-Ann went in one direction and I went in another. We actually managed to pick-up everything we needed except for the above mentioned TV cabinet that I have to go back and pick-up. haha. You should have seen us go through the aisles with those crazy carts. They have a mind of their own. But we made it, we actually bought all the items on De-Ann list and loaded the truck before they closed and locked the doors for the night. I still don’t know how we managed that. You should have see the truck. We had filled the back seat with small things and things we didn’t want to get wet. Then the big items went into the bed of the truck. We actually had so much stuff that you couldn’t see out the back window and the boxes in the bed were stacked pretty high.

On top of all the things we picked up from Ikea we still had to head over to the other warehouse to pick-up the kitchen cabinets. We actually made it there before they closed (9:30pm). They actually weren’t ready for us so we had to wait patiently as they pulled our items off the shelves. Once we had everything we loaded it into the truck and now it was full both inside and out. So thankful for that truck. I don’t know if I ever told you, but I used to have a pick up. It was a beaut, a Dodge Dakota Sport. I loved that truck and I miss it. Great to be able to reminisce with my Father-in-law’s truck.

By the time we got on the road it was almost 9:30 and pouring rain. We finally arrived home where Aby and Chase greeted us at the door. They were amazing, they helped De-Ann and I unload the truck into the basement. If it wasn’t for them I would have been unloading the truck all night. We finally finished and then they left to get something to eat. I think it was 11pm. I was exhausted and De-Ann and I went to bed and crashed.

Then tonight after the kids went to bed I went downstairs to put all the furniture together. And I had a very special helper with me. His name is DJ and he is an Ikea assembly aficionado. So glad he was there because I don’t think I would have accomplished as much if it wasn’t. Thanks DJ!

DJ was at my house for almost 4 hours. In that time he made most of the kitchen cabinets and started to help with the day bed. I was able to finish all 3 storage shelves and helped DJ with the kitchen cabinets. I didn’t do much, just a few doors and the legs for both cabinets, that’s about it. DJ did all the assembly of the cabinets and put in the complicated drawers and other pieces. We had those drawers that don’t slam. Great for the kids, they love to slam drawers and doors.

After DJ left I finished off the kitchen cabinets and put them beside the mini-fridge in the corner where we are eventually going to have  a dry-bar where all the snacks and drinks will be stored. Once the cabinets are complete we are going to get our contractor to cut the counter top so it fits nicely in the corner. De-Ann chose butcher block and it really goes well with our cork floor. You will notice in the picture the door of the slim cabinet is missing. It was back ordered and we hopefully will be able to pick it up on Monday.

The last thing I did before I cleaned up was the day bed. It was pretty complicated but I eventually finished it at almost 3am. Then I cleaned up the mess we made, all the wrapping and plastic went into a garbage bag and the cardboard boxes that all the pieces came in were put into the garage for the next garbage pick-up.

Then I came upstairs to do a few tweets and send out this post to all my faithful readers. See the pictures below. Picture #1: 3 storage shelves in the storage room. Picture #2: the day bed all put together. Picture #3 one of the shelving unit for De-Ann’s art and office supplies. Picture #4: the kitchen cabinets minus the door that was not in stock. You can also see the mini-fridge we bought for the dry-bar section of the living room. Then picture #5 is the butcher block counter top that is ready to be cut and put on top of the cabinets and fridge. It’s going to look great. We are also going to put our old microwave down there as well. It is going to be the best dry-bar snack station around. Can’t wait.

October 20, 2011 at 5:14 AM Leave a comment

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