As I mentioned to you a few times, we are currently working on our basement. Last time I gave you an update on our basement renovation we were cleaning out the space that will be our Office and Craft Room. I had also shared with you our plan and what we will need to do in order to finish the space.
I’m happy to report that the space is EMPTY! Yay! And we also got a lot of our to-do list done. Just seeing the space empty made me so happy! I knew it was going to be a nice size for our office and craft room, but seeing it empty really showed us how perfect it will be!
Empty Basement Space
I don’t believe I mentioned to you the ductwork situation, now did I? Well, it’s not really a situation, but more of something that I knew was going to bother me unless we fixed it. Our furnace is in the next room and all the ductwork starts in our future office/craft room. Whoever installed the ductwork years ago, had it going straight out and then gradually go up on each side. Which basically meant that the ductwork coming out of the furnace was lower and then raised. This bothered me a lot. The ductwork goes through the entrance of this room, and if we framed it as is (using the lowest part as our framing guide), we would need to stay on our left when entering the room.
Lucky for me, my brother-in-law works in the ventilation field. We asked him to come over and see if he could raise the ductwork that came out of the furnace. As soon as he saw it, he said that it could be done easily. It only took him a couple of hours and it allowed us to gain 6”! YAY!! Please disregard the mess in the other rooms! hehe When you emtpy a space (even if you donate a bunch of it) you still need to store what you had in that space. haha
Raised ductwork for more ceiling space
We also changed the two basement windows in this room. Having windows that actually open is FABULOUS! And I had no idea that windows shouldn’t allow air through if closed. haha We have VERY old crappy windows throughout the house, these are our first new windows!! Sébastien and my Dad installed the windows. DIY basement window installation tutorial to follow soon!
Basement Window Installation
We also applied a waterproofing paint on the concrete walls. We don’t have any water that comes in, but thought it would be a good idea to apply something for extra protection just in case. We applied two coats of BEHR PREMIUM Basement & Masonry Waterproofer. You can get the waterproofer in various colors (very cool!), we chose to go with white. Sébastien started applying the waterproofer with a 13 mm nap roller, but found that it didn’t apply enough paint on the concrete. He switched to a 19 mm nap roller, and it did such a better job. Seeing the entire space in white, sure made the space look like a room already!
Waterproofing concrete basement walls
Next up, will be the installation of these guys:
DRIcore Subfloor and DRIcore SMARTWALL
I had shared this photo on Twitter.
So, what do you think of all the work we’ve done so far?
I’ll be sharing with you the installation of the DRIcore Subfloor later on this week, I can’t wait to show it to you!
Have a GREAT day!
P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.
Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to BEHR for supplying me with paint to complete this project. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.