We’re sorry. We don’t blame any of you who may be growing weary of the continuous tale of our basement woes. (And if you’re just joining in now, you can see what we mean starting here, questioning lost items here, and trying to keep those chins up here). But. We must. Trudge. On.
While this debacle has been going on for over a month, I think I’m clear to say that we’re nearing the end. Our piles of storage bins are still cluttering our office and deck, plus the kitty carriers, tents and those few random bike parts spilling out of my closet. If I could open that folding door without toppling those bins, you’d see what I mean.
While we’re anxious to get our things back into storage, we also want the job done correctly and in a way that the insurance company will cover completely. After all, we were dealing with a basement that had started to evolve into an organism all it’s own. And nevermind that it was beginning to smell a bit like the Swamp Thing’s underarm. Um, ew.
There is some good news. The restoration company did phase one of the job, removing the drywall up to shoulder height and running honkin’ industrial dehumidifiers for solid week. As of last week, the initial cleanup is done, and the basement is stripped naked to its’ bare, clean stud skeleton.
Now the only thing keeping us from implementing our secret project is (surprise!) the insurance company. As soon as the restoration company gets the go-ahead, they’ll be in like ninjas (fingers crossed) to hang the drywall, install new doors for everyone, and we’ll soon be on our merry way toward storage bliss. Looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel after all…
As I just mentioned, we have a trick or two up our collectives sleeves yet (why, hello, mystery project), and don’t you know my lady is itching to whip out the power tools. As if I need an excuse to power up the ol’ miter saw (which in turn gets her one step closer to dipping those brushes in paint). The project goal? We hope to prevent soupy, sewage water belongings in our future.
Of course we’ll keep you in the know as we build, paint, and anchor along the way. Now. Here’s to hoping our contractors and insurance honchos hash out their differences so we can get started.