We started by back filling the inside of the garage getting it ready for cement. On the one side it will be my husbands workshop so there will be in floor heating, on the other side will be where we park our vehicles so we’ll use an infrared heater.
My husband worked on the heating and plumbing on a constant basis. He did the “rough in” part of it right away but as he built rooms he just added as he went. We had in-floor heating in the basement which we had no problem weaving the hose through the Polycore panels. We also plumbed in a kitchen in the basement that we would use in the future.
So my husband decided that HE was going to install all the roof vents (remember our roof has a 10/12 pitch) so he gets himself a harness, ties one end to the Kabota tractor and one end to my Jeep and carries on. Safety First! LOL
After we finished with the insulation and poly in the house ceiling we had Cosy Insulation come out to spray our attic for us but we also rented a small machine to fill the odd areas after finishing the electrical. My son was nominated to go up to the attic…he wasn’t very impressed 🙂
As you can see from the photos the basement floor is Styrofoam and steel as well from Polycore. It was very easy to place the in-floor heating tube in each panel and then follow with plywood.
We used a boiler system to heat our house. The in-floor heating was run in several tubes and separated in zones. My husband did all the work on this before the inspector was called.
Putting brick on the fireplace was nerve racking as it was surrounded by dark hardwood flooring. To prepare the floor we put down some plastic, thin Styrofoam pad and plywood. We then coated the fireplace with a cement base then started placing brick with mortar from the bottom up. It wasn’t that bad to do just messy. Looks awesome though! The hardwood floor made it through with NO scratches!
My husband decided that he wanted to do a custom walk-in shower in the master en-suite. The shower was to be 89” x 43” with a corner seat and a cubby for shampoo. It was quite the project from hooking up the power and water lines to adding accessories like the 3 jets on the wall, a rain head plus a regular shower head. The foundation consisted of cement, plastic, and the base to make sure the water would end up in the centre of the drain. Using a special drywall they started boarding then added the hardware and then the fun part…tiling. I don’t think I’ve heard my husband and son curse that much before, the wall tiles were hard enough then they got to the ceiling tiles, they were the worst part. They ended up placing one tile at a time then keeping it place on the ceiling with screws on the edges. They all turned out good and the shower turned out beautiful!
We built our son a bedroom in the basement. He had his choice of paint colour and flooring as long as the flooring was either vinyl or laminate because of the in-floor heat we couldn’t put hardwood nails in the floor. He chose a off grey for colour and a really nice vinyl flooring (very durable). His closet was a bit unlevel so they filled it with concrete, worked perfect! So his room is approximately 185” x 161” and his walk-in closet is about half of that. He also used his closet as his office for editing his films, it is a nice size.
For the master bedroom with laid dark hardwood throughout except the patio door area we laid the same tile we have throughout the house for protection of the dirt and water from the hot-tub. We have 2 sinks, a toilet room and a walk-in closet that my husband built all the shelving for. He also installed all of the cabinets, even in the kitchen.
Sprayed the entire ceiling. What a messy job that was 🙁
So basically that’s what we’ve been doing for the past 9 years and counting. It has taken this long because we also wanted to live and travel while we were healthy enough too do so. Remember priorities 🙂 We’re still working on little things like baseboards, laundry room sink, moldings, and putting blinds up but we do it usually in the colder months. Life’s too short to stay at home while camping awaits us 🙂