The Basement: Where We're At

May 1, 2012 + ,

Here's an update on how things are looking in the basement...



Renovations always take longer than planned, don't they? We've had a few delays due to illness, waiting for parts, and generally sequencing this before that and getting this trade in so the next trade can do their work. Plumbing will be back in soon to finish up and then drywall can go up! (Side note: Is saying "drywall" a Canadian thing? I notice Americans say "sheetrock").

Drywall dust. Can't wait!! :)


27 comments:

  1. I usually say drywall (here in Philly) unless I am on a construction site, then I say gyp. Of course on my architectural drawings I write GWB.

    Jen- Keep up the good work on the videos! I wish I wasn't so camera shy. Maybe when my basement is finished I will try a video. hmmm...

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  2. Looking great!  I'm doing my basement too and will be doing drywall in about 6 weeks... it took me a year to get this far though, I'm jealous of how fast yours is going! 

    In Minnesota Drywall and Sheetrock are used interchangeably. My understanding is that they're both brands of gypsum board.  The cool new thing is to just call it "rock" and then make it a verb and say something like, "lets rock this basement!"

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  3. Hmm...interesting observation on the drywall vs. sheetrock!

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  4. Love the tour! I'm so jealous of your basement! Not many basements here in Texas! And your laundry room is going to be amazing. 
    As for the sheetrock thing, I have always called it drywall but I do notice our contractors/ home improvement stores call it sheetrock. Not sure where I picked up drywall but it somehow makes more sense to me since it is behind the wall! 

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  5. Franky12:25 PM

    Really excited to see the finished product! Who are the contractors you've hired for this project in Toronto...I'm curious b/c im from Toronto as well.

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  6. Re: drywall vs. sheetrock -- I grew up calling it "drywall" in Colorado, but I've noticed that it's called "sheetrock" in Texas.

    Can't wait to see your basement come together!

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  7. Filia Artis12:25 PM

    Fun to see the progress. Important to see your careful planning around the electrical stuff - would never have pre-thought that part.

    I think you're getting better at "tv" and I love how you've just gone out and created your own RRNetwork on YouTube rather than waiting to be "cast." 

    Important lesson that whatever it is you want to do, chances are that the best way to do it is to just to do it and stop wishful thinking around all the stars aligning perfectly for a miracle.  Opportunities to do more will find their way to you if you choose yourself first...(there is a Seth Godin based thought in here somewhere) Love how your life is a perfect example of this concept.

    Christina

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  8. so much fun Jen!! Love your video walk-through and did handyman just walked over some stuff at the end? Haha... that was just too funny.  

    bulkhead ... aren't they the most annoying thing in a reno and you sure did turn the lemons into tasty lemonade.  Love the entertainment zone idea and the use of pot lights to brighten up the space.

    can't wait to see the laundry room to come to life.  

    and that barn table from your last successful score at the christie market ... it will be a great piece in the craft zone.  

    keep these videos coming! Jen you are a natural TV host!

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  9. We say drywall!  But I've heard both around here.  Looking good!

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  10. Kate S.12:25 PM

    I'm American, from the west coast, now living in the midwest. I've NEVER said sheetrock and I don't know anyone who does (although I did know the terms were interchangeable). Just FYI if your tallying this up or something, haha.

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  11. ramblingrenovators12:25 PM

    We've used Basement Spaces (http://basementspaces.ca/). We're very happy with their work so far :)

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  12. ramblingrenovators12:25 PM

    You need to do a video! Your basement is soooo awesome.

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  13. You have put so much thought into this and it will all pay off in the end. Can't wait to see the reveal in the next few weeks/months.

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  14. Great progress Jen! I never thought of blocking out walls for art! smart idea!

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  15. Around here (in Minnesota), I often hear it called by both names. But "Sheetrock" is actually a name of a brand. (Like Kleenex is used interchangeably with tissues.) But if we all want to be technically correct, we need to adopt Handyman's term of gypsum wallboard. (I use gypsum or drywall, depending on who I'm talking to...)

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  16. ramblingrenovators12:26 PM

    Makes more sense to me too :)

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  17. ramblingrenovators12:26 PM

    "Let's rock this basement" - love it!! Though not sure I'm cool enough to use the lingo ;)

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  18. ramblingrenovators12:26 PM

    You noticed? Yes, there were lots of obstacles on the floor while we were filming ;)

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  19. ramblingrenovators12:26 PM

    Thanks Christina. You're absolutely right, once you start moving in the direction of what you want, you'll find it eventually becomes what you want :) Many people get stuck in that state of inertia though and "wait" instead of "do". It can be tough to overcome but the rewards are oh so great.

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  20. Love the video. You do a great job of walking us through the space. I appreciate your tips on thinking ahead for blocking and lighting, and being flexible to adjust as plans change. Can't wait to see more progress!

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  21. handyman12:26 PM

    ...and we architects call it GWB - gypsum wallboard.
    handyman

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  22. Argh, I'm at work and can't open your video.  Hope all is going well.  I think I say drywall.  Are they the same thing?  Shows how much I know;)

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  23. Kelli Fox12:26 PM

    we say both drywall and sheetrock i think...??  my husband is a renovator and he says both.  thanks for sharing the progress!

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  24. MyCraftyHomeLife12:26 PM

    ....and we spell colors not colours.

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  25. and my German told me they just don't even use drywall in germany! not sure if I believe him or not... hm...  

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  26. Pam at Cherishtoronto12:26 PM

    Great video, Jen! Thanks for the walk through of your space!

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  27. Mynottinghill12:26 PM

    We say drywall here in DC!  We're renovating our baseement too - even slower on our part. You're reminding me to post some pics.

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