is the total opposite to the new basement. As I explained yesterday we have two basements due to the fact a family room extension was added to the house in 1974. Due to the thickness of the original stone walls in the house, they didn't knock through to the extension, so we have two totally separate basements.
The old basement was an earthen floor, but was concreted over in 1954; they marked the date in the floor. This is what it looks like when you open the door to the basement. The stairs are original and its all dusty down there with cobwebs and the odd mouse!! Dh is wanting to drywall all this area, just to clean it up and make it even brighter. We however have to do some repair work to the staircase going upstairs as it squeaks like crazy. So don't want to drywall that yet.
We have done a little bit of work down there as we blocked up two windows and installed two new windows. We found a little bit of dry rot so that was all torn out and the coal shoots were also blocked up. We had to get someone in to do all that and that cost us around $5,000. Which in a way sucks as it's work other than the windows you don't see or honestly appreciate. It has however made a huge difference, as the old windows were blocked up with insulation as they were that old and drafty. So now we have daylight in there. Plus it was mouse central down there and we had the holes blocked up so they can't get it..........mind you they are still getting in somewhere, we now think under the front deck.
I am in the process of cleaning up this side of the basement. Nearly all those boxes that you can see is Christmas decorations. Would you believe I had a huge clean out a few years ago and donated a big pile of Christmas stuff. I need to go through it all and see if I can get rid of more. That is the water softener in the back of the photo, by the window. My old washer and dryer is still down there. I am planning on putting an ad on Kijiji and getting rid of them by advertising them for free. They are as old as the hills but work fine.
This is the other side of the basement and that is the oil furnace. To the right of the furnace just outside of the photo is our oil tank. I hate going on this side as it's icky. I would love to whitewash all the walls as that would brighten up the whole basement. One thing though the basement is dry and does not smell musty, partly because we have a dehumidifier going down there most of the time. It has made a huge difference and well worth the investment.
I made a start on the baby quilt over the weekend and have got a lot of it cut out. I decided to do make a Double Four Patch pattern. Don't know why as I will be cursing it up and down trying to get all my corners matched!!!
I have to have this completed by the middle of March, so need to get on with it.