With a new addition to the family on the way and mostly unusable basement space, I decided it was time to tackle a home renovation.
What could possibly go wrong?
My house was built in the late 70s by a homeowner who had lots of help from local, now retired, contractors. The house is solid. There’s no structural concern and the rooms, left untouched from the original build, are in good shape. The D.I.Y. rooms, however? That’s a different story.
The basement space has never been used for anything other than storage (realtor photo). A corner brick fireplace with a large radius concrete hearth made the space very awkward for furniture placement. The gas insert had seen better days and was in need of some serious TLC before I would have deemed it safe to even light the pilot light.
With a need for more space, and an addition to the house well outside our budget, we decided the fireplace needed to go.
Erin and I sat down and planned out how we wanted the space to look, how much we wanted to spend, and how long I was going to take to complete it.
We started by researching dumpsters and found the lowest price bin that would suit our needs. With two tips included in the fee for the month’s rental, I was sure that was going to be more than enough for what I was seeing.
Here’s where the fun starts.