It’s Tuesday night! I normally don’t venture into the basement…it’s man space…no girls allowed. In fact, I didn’t even take these pictures of the basement. I sent Colby down to do my dirty work! Such a good boyfriend…err…fiance. I’m still not used to that word. Anywho, it’s about time we got to a little man cave report. Just because I don’t spend time down in the basement doesn’t mean anything gets done down there. Au contraire! Colby works HARD in his basement workshop. I secretly think he does it to get away from me…or maybe because of all the super awesome tools that are done there. Like the NEW Milwaukee M18 impact drill driver! Swoon! I’m totally channeling Colby there…I don’t feel the same way about tools that he does (to all my work friends out there you didn’t just hear that). So here’s a current shot of the basement:
I know it doesn’t look that spectacular. It’s just a basement after all. But you see where that work bench is? There used to be a wall there. And you see the big step up to the other side of the basement/door area? That used to be level and the floor was all dirt. Colby has spent some serious time digging and digging and digging and digging. That’s how he keeps his girl-ish figure. He don’t need no stinkin’ pilates! Most of the dirt has ended up in the dirt pile in the other side of the basement:
Serious kudos to Colby for digging down into the dirt floor, installing a drainage/sump pump system, pouring a new concrete floor (he went through 112 eighty pound bags of Quikrete), pouring new footings to support the kitchen above, and leveling the supporting beams out. He’s amazing! How about another basement shot showing off the tools:
My favorite part is the charging station that he’s created on the wall above the longer workbench. I’m so proud! That’s something I would do! And note the PBR can on the bench…it’s a true man cave alright!
Pssst…how about you guys? Any of you have a man cave space in your house? Is it also in the basement or do you give your main squeeze some main house space?
Colby never ceases to amaze me. Seriously! He’s known to disappear into the depths of his “man cave” work shop and reappear a few hours later with something amazing that he just whipped up with scrap wood. What Martha is to the kitchen whipping up tasty confections, Colby is to the workshop. Colby, I know you’re reading this and aren’t down with MS (Martha Stewart) so let me enlighten you…that’s pretty darn awesome. This weekend was no exception as Colby just “whipped up” a new work bench for his work shop:
The purpose of the work bench was two fold. Colby wanted an extra surface for when he begins the bathroom vanity project, which is coming up in the near future (fingers crossed…fingers crossed). The other reason, was to practice a butcher block surface. When we do the kitchen re-do, which unfortunately won’t be for a few years (le sigh……) we want to put in a huge kitchen island with a butcher block top made with recycled wood from other renovations in the house. Here’s a close up of the surface:
Not bad for recycled wood, huh?! To make it, he ripped 4″ scrap pine down to 1-1/4″, screwed and glued it together on top of a piece of plywood, then sanded/filled/poly-ied. Simple as that! Now he just needs to figure out what to store underneath it:
Maybe his girlfriend should start purchasing a few tools from work (that’s www.nhbragg.com …random, shameless plug for NH Bragg & Sons…industrial supplies and solutions since 1854).
A couple weeks ago Colby and I visited the tool emporium…aka…NH Bragg & Sons (random shout out to NH Bragg….selling you industrial supplies and solutions since 1854…c’mon…the work of a marketing director never stops). As always, we came home with something. This time it was Colby’s birthday/Christmas present…a Dewalt compact portable table saw. I’m really working on that “Best Girlfriend Ever” award. Since the table saw was adopted Colby has built workshop shelves, a stand for the table saw, a ladder shelf for the office, and the beginnings of a media center/TV stand. I’ve officially lost Colby to the basement workshop. But he does come upstairs occasionally for food and beer.
As hurricane Earl came storming in we bunkered down in the house and worked on inside projects. Although we didn’t get hit by the hurricane, it still made for a pretty wet 24 hrs. Colby had good intentions of “puttering” around the house while I worked on the bathroom tile. A little work here…a little work there…and a general relaxing weekend. That didn’t last long once we found Colby’s shop under a foot or more of water and a new swimming hole for Goose. Time to install the sump pump! Colby dug two holes in the basement (one of which Goose “helped” with) and rotated the sump pump between the holes until the water finally departed. The pictures don’t quite do the flood justice. You had to wade through it to really enjoy. But next time you visit, have Goose tell you all about his favorite swimming hole. He tells one hell of a story.
Storage solutions are currently being installed on all levels of the house, built by Colby and finished by moi. The basement shelving units are amazing and hold all of our pack-ratted-ness. The dehumidifier has also been a god send! Moving up to the main level of the house, storage shelves have replaced the ancient dishwasher and not so useful corner cabinet. The best part of the custom shelving: the small upper shelf perfect for all those canisters of baking goods. Also in the kitchen, not only is there custom trim around the back window but also a shelf the perfect size for an herb garden. And on the second level of the house, some gorgeous built-ins were installed in what was essentially wasted space (my discovery…I’m pretty proud of that one!). Here are a few pics of our shelving handy work.