The Basement Tour

Bill did an extraordinary job this past weekend unpacking the basement. And now every single box is unpacked and the contents are put away (or stored somewhere permanent -- such as the holiday decorations in the back room) and I'm finally feeling like we're settled.

If only the basement weren't so creepy.

Part of it's the lack of natural light. Part of it's the unfinished floors (some kind of cement with parts epoxied to a shine). Part of it's the drop ceilings and acoustical tiles. Part of it is just the feeling that it belongs to a different house -- not our grand old manor.

Still, it's unpacked. And that's no small feat.

So let's go on a photo tour, shall we? (Just for your reference, we're going to be turning right at the bottom of the stairs and working our way counter-clockwise around the room.)

Come enter the Basement of Doom. Black cats are complimentary.

Come enter the Basement of Doom. Black cats are complimentary.

Oh wait, it's not that bad. Look, there are even books in a little reading nook! (Sadly, the wicker chair is broken...add it to the list of jobs for Bill!)

Oh wait, it's not that bad. Look, there are even books in a little reading nook! (Sadly, the wicker chair is broken...add it to the list of jobs for Bill!)

Note the fake windows! You might think there was the possibility of a shred of natural light, but you would be wrong. So sadly wrong. On the upside, there is plenty of room for storage in the Basement of Doom.

Note the fake windows! You might think there was the possibility of a shred of natural light, but you would be wrong. So sadly wrong. On the upside, there is plenty of room for storage in the Basement of Doom.

Two-thirds of the sofa made it into the new house, with the cushion from the destroyed third acting as a dog bed for Maya and Gracie. Allow me to draw your attention to the dorm-style television set-up (with non-working Netflix and no audio for the DVD player) and the Pile-o-Boxes in the corner. We think it adds a bit ofย je ne sais quoi.

Two-thirds of the sofa made it into the new house, with the cushion from the destroyed third acting as a dog bed for Maya and Gracie. Allow me to draw your attention to the dorm-style television set-up (with non-working Netflix and no audio for the DVD player) and the Pile-o-Boxes in the corner. We think it adds a bit of je ne sais quoi.

Behind the sofa is the middle of the room, with plenty of room for a table and chairs for board games later on. And in the far left corner is the kitchen. No Basement of Doom is quite complete without a kitchen.

Behind the sofa is the middle of the room, with plenty of room for a table and chairs for board games later on. And in the far left corner is the kitchen. No Basement of Doom is quite complete without a kitchen.

See? Plenty of room for a game table.

See? Plenty of room for a game table.

And continuing around the corner is the back side of the basement. The door in the middle goes to the laundry room and root cellar. The door on the left leads to the outside (and another storage room, accessible only from the outside).

And continuing around the corner is the back side of the basement. The door in the middle goes to the laundry room and root cellar. The door on the left leads to the outside (and another storage room, accessible only from the outside).

If you walk past the cat and hang a left at the coat rack, you'll find a small coat closet and a half bathroom.

If you walk past the cat and hang a left at the coat rack, you'll find a small coat closet and a half bathroom.

Pretty yucky, but functional. I have dreams of gutting it and putting in a full bath. But I suspect that will be a Tier 2 project...if I'm lucky.

Pretty yucky, but functional. I have dreams of gutting it and putting in a full bath. But I suspect that will be a Tier 2 project...if I'm lucky.

I don't anticipate spending a lot of time in the Basement of Doom, but I think it will be a great place for the kids to hang out as they grow up. If we can get the TV and associated systems working, I might be talked into watching the occasional movie down there. Otherwise, it will just function as a big hallway for me to get back and forth from the laundry room.