Finishing Our Family Room

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

 

Part of this whole move to urban farming or homesteading or whatever you want to call it was a call to simplify. We reduced the size of our house (and our debt), so we could free ourselves from materialism and so we could free up our money to give to people in need.

 

Fortunately, we didn't have to reduce our space as much as we were prepared. (We were thinking about taking our family of 5 from 3 bed/3 bath to 2 bed/1 bath on the premise that there are a lot of people living in the world with less.)

 

Instead, God directed us to a house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We reduced space in that we now only had one level...no family room downstairs. BUT!!! We have been blessed with potential.

 

Having 15 days of vacation, Matt has taken on the priority of refinishing part of our basement space to a family room.

 

Finishing the Family Room

 

For six days, he scraped linoleum tiles off the concrete floor (with a little help from me) and cleaned up every last spot of glue so that we could stain the concrete. (We'll throw down area rugs. The concrete will save us money and save us a potential problem if we ever have water issues.

 

Finishing the Family Room

 

Next, he learned how to put up and mud drywall. (Proof that you can learn ANYTHING on youtube!)

 

Finishing the Family Room

 

He even managed to install a prehung door on his own!...and it hangs perfectly, I might add.

 

Finishing the Family Room

 

Unfortunately, construction is a long process for a couple of beginners. He had to go back to work with the room still unfinished. But, we are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! We are on the final stages of mudding (I've become quite the mudder, by the way). Then, we'll sand it down, stain the concrete, paint the walls, and add all of the finishing details (trim, door handles, etc.)

 

Finishing the Family Room

I know from experience how much we are going to appreciate that room after all of our hard work! ...and we won't have to carry any debt from it. AHHH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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