Monday, August 29, 2011

The new basement.........

On Saturday I promised to help dh in the new basement, however due to me hurting my foot, I didn't get much done.  He is actually doing quite well in the new laundry room and is now on taping/mudding the drywall.


We are putting a countertop over the washer and dyer as it is a front loader.  I have sourced out a place that has a piece of countertop at 32 inches deep and 8 feet long.  Of course when we went to the place there was no one there that could make a decision on the price of it, so left my name and number and will try and strike up a deal for the piece.  I do not want to pay over $160 for it, so fingers crossed I get it for less than that.  Normally to order a piece of countertop that deep it would cost upwards of $40 a linear foot.  However I think this place has had this piece laying around for a while.


I must say this whole laundry room is costing a lot more than we planned, but will look great when it is finished.  We must have already paid out nearly $3,000, but that does include the new stairs and all the tiling.  I am hoping that we can get the laundry room finished for less than $500 as all we need are tiles for the back splash, the door, the paint, the counter top, the sink, taps and fittings, and a few odds and ends; actually $750 seems more realistic.

I hope we can hook up the water by the end of next month and I can then move my new washer and dryer down there.  The rest of the basement we will work on over the winter.

My foot is still swollen and sore, but in the scheme of things it could be worse.  I did very little on Sunday, other than read a book, "Hill Country," by Janice Woods Windle.

"Laura Hoge Woods, who lived from 1870 to 1966, survived an Indian attack, experienced the diminishment of the Texas frontier, witnessed the advent of the automobile, and celebrated women finally winning the right to vote. In her youth, she loved a half-wild Indian captive and later grew to love Peter Woods, an older rancher whose horses she helped train. Throughout all her personal triumphs and disappointments--seven children, the death of a sister, a daughter whose dementia led to violent outbursts and eventual institutionalization--Laura kept her eye on the big picture: politics. The work she and Peter did with horses brought them to the attention of such luminaries as Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and Laura became a confidante of presidents, governors, senators, and local politicians and was elected to political office herself at age 87. This phenomenal woman bent without breaking to achieve the most she could at a time when women were just beginning to emerge as a major political force. She wrote her thoughts and ideas down on scraps of paper, napkins, and the corners of newspapers, hoping to one day write a book called "Hill Country." What Laura Hoge Woods was unable to finish, her loving granddaughter has crafted into a compelling tale of a woman who refused to let anything, especially gender, stand in the way of her dreams."

This was a great book, full of excitement and adventure.  Laura had so much guts and determination, you knew she would succeed at what ever was put out in front of her.  It was quite sad at the end when both her husband Peter and her best friend Rebekah Baines Johnson died.    I must ask our library for Janice Woods Windle bestselling book, "True Women."  Has anyone read that book, it sounds really good?

10 comments:

Boyett-Brinkley said...

Good morning! I have read Hill Country -- did so because that is the part of Texas that my family started out in. I haven't read True Women but I have seen the movie -- it should be a good book.

Jane and Chris said...

What colour scheme are you having in the laundry room?
Jane x

Gill - That British Woman said...

the floor tiles are cream with a blue and gray speck in them, the countertop should be beige and I was thinking of painting the walls a pale blue. The washer and dryer are white.

Star said...

Your basement is going on like my kitchen is going on and on and on! I'm quite happy to wait though so long as I get it like I want it in the end. My projects are on a much smaller scale than yours but still need a lot of planning. I like to see how yours is going on. Glad your foot is no worse.

Piece by Piece said...

Reno's always cost more than your estimated cost, not they. Your laundry room sounds as if it will be a pleasent place to do the weekly wash.
Hope you plan on getting that foot looked at Mrs.
Nice day here, hope yours is the same.
Patricia

LizBeth said...

Did you ever see that movie called The Money Pit????

Karine said...

I'm sure your laundry room will look amazing! I'm glad your foot is feeling better :o)

~Carla~ said...

Hope you're able to get a good deal! Our washer comes on Tuesday and I'm soo excited to get caught up on laundry!! lol! Hope your foot is on the mend now!

Rose said...

I am headed to my library online to see if they have any of her books...I read that book Somebody Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill thanks to one of your book reviews and really enjoyed it.

Also, try soaking your foot in water with salt added or Epsom salts...my husband swears by that. He is diabetic and very careful about things healing and he always uses salt water to encourage healing.

Long story behind this...husband's dad had skin cancer and had a LOT of plastic surgery. He met another patient that had a sore on his lip that would not heal...he and Roger's dad shared the same dr....this doctor started having him just use salt water on the sore and it started healing.

Denise said...

I have just read your previous post about your poor foot. Do hope it feels a lot better soon, sounds very nasty. Also hope your dh starts to feel like his old self and how is your son now? Always find your home improvement posts very interesting. Good book too.