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Yep, we've jumped in to one those Big Family Projects some people only dream about doing (well, not me, since I didn't think it was possible for me to HOLD a power tool let alone USE one). We're finishing the basement - OURSELVES. THought I'd keep up this photo diary of how we're doing....

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Almost Done!! as of Deember 25, 2009! Yes, Really!

 

New Basement photos As of January 2007 (finally!...):
So, in January we got the insulation up. The first pic is the entertainment center I started. It has been built more since then, not quite finished...
The rest shows the insulation mostly. Coming next: March 2007, the walls beging to rise...
  As of February/March 2006:
More coming...
 
When we started:  
In the beginning... 11/27/05: Looking towards the opening to the bulkhead, where the door will go. Since Spring we only had two 2x4's nailed to the flor and one to the ceiling joists, but now we're rocking....

Half Wall. 11/27/05: Moving back along the back wall from the bulkhead, here you can see how most of the back is a half-wall Jim Andrews designed when he built the house initially mostly above ground (you can't tell from the front of the house because the front yard was made by filling in against the foundation). These half-walls will be great for a loooong row of shelving. Here Amanda is walking towards is where the couch will go, facing the TV.

Dad's Construction Crew! 11/27/05: The kids are helping throughout the project. They have to, since I can't lift, measure and cut with only two hands, that's for sure. They're great helpers.

Keohane & Son Construction 12/05/05: Andrew and I taking a break to pose for a publicity photo taken by Audrey. We're about to round the corner to at the north end.
Facing North 12/11/05: Back of toy closet & wall seperating well and stuff framed, mostly. See below for an angular view.
Another of Santa's Helpers 12/10/05: Audrey - in cartoon format - helping out with the Big Build.