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Why You Should NEVER Carpet the Basement


Homeownership does not come without its problems. You know: costly repairs and upkeep, rising real estate taxes and insurance,  the never-ending “to do” list.

Last month we had a little setback here at Croydon Place.

Lest I be a “Debbie Downer” I will keep it brief. We came home from church a few Sundays back and discovered that we had SEWER backup in the floor drain of my basement. Not in the workroom of Hubbys that just has a painted concrete floor. No, it backed up in the very large nicely carpeted and heavily furnished family room that we just put together before Christmas.

It looked like this before:

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In a few short hours it became this:

Note: the black area to the right is the point of entry.

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Isn’t that a lovely room?

After hurrying to move sofas, tables, chairs, a china cupboard (full of dishes) the stereo, hundreds of record albums, a dinette & chairs, lamps and all the “decor” to anywhere we could find room, sewer men with large equipment had to be dispatched (on Sunday no less). The city sewer crew was called in to make sure it was our issue and not theirs. Three times.

The carpet and pad had to be cut out and hauled away. Then everything had to be scrubbed clean. There was no way we were going to re carpet that room, lest this happen again.

We had to patch holes in the floor where the carpet tacking strips has been screwed into the concrete.  Glue had to be scraped off. We decided while we had the mess we would paint the whole space and also Hubbys workroom.

NONE of this was planned. We were actually in the middle of painting our bedroom 😦 That same day the water pipe running along the basement ceiling to the outside faucet broke loose and sprayed my basement with water.  And we got up the next morning to no hot water. After the plumber got here it was determined that the part for the water heater would have to be ordered and Fed Exed to us. Again on our dime.

Yes we had insurance coverage. But it takes weeks to get a check.  You have to pay for all the repairs before it comes. And you have to deal with the mess.  A big mess. I will be showing you all the changes down there as soon as we are finished. I think it is gonna look fab!

We have also recently gotten new lighting, retro fans and are finishing off the master bedroom.

Stay tuned for updates!



The Start of the Basement


Well this past Saturday was a busy one here on Croydon Place, especially in the basement.

Until now this area has just been used as a catch-all, office, work room, storage area and tornado warning destination. The fact that you  have to get to it from the garage is kind of strange (although I guess not so unusual in our area) so we just kind of forget about it. We have planned all along to make it Hubbys domain, but have been so busy upstairs and outside that this project just got moved to the bottom of the list. You know, that list that never gets completed and just keeps getting added to.

Not this day.

It was very hot outside and Hubby gave up wire brushing the rust off of our vintage patio set.  This is the one we picked up last week  (the cool black and white umbrella has been scrubbed clean and is in the garage waiting for its premier).

Instead He decided to head down the basement (where it was cooler) and I went with him.

We moved, pushed, pulled, heaved, turned and shoved our way through an entire wall of Christmas decorations, 2 Christmas trees, a 1950’s sectional, the heaviest coffee table EVER, 2 blond end tables, a green chrome dinette set, a 40’s fringe trimmed chair, the blond china cabinet that matches our dining table, a stereo, television, desk, record cabinet, 2 magazine racks, a microwave and other assorted items that have found their way down there since the big move 18 months ago.

Not to say that we are anywhere near DONE; we have just started. But we have all of the Christmas decor labeled and moved into the storage area. I am so ready to start sewing the curtains.

But first things first.  Since there are only a few outlets in the entire basement, we have to have an electrician come to add more.  (You know how I love lamps).  I am sure we have created a fire hazard with all the extension cords down there. The new outlets will have to be mounted on the surface of the walls since 3 of the walls in this big room are block. We will also shampoo the carpet.

These photos are the beginnings of Hubbys domain: The walls are painted a goldish mustard. Probably not my choice (I would have went lighter for a basement) but it was freshly painted when we moved in and it will do for now.

This area shows the door to the HUGE storage room. My plan is to have a snack area/wet bar on the left. Those Monaco Gran Prix posters will be hung.

This chair came from the lobby of the long gone Woodruff Hotel in Joliet, IL . I have been told that postcards from this hotel showing these chairs exist. So far they have eluded me.

How about this green tartan plaid carpet? I know plaids are shown in lots of mid-century advertising, but not on the floor. When I think mid-century tartan plaid I see a big thermos, coolers and picnic blankets. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it? It will stay for now.

The 2 piece sectional is placed end to end along the long wall. If we find another blond  corner table we may put them in an  “L”.

Which fabric for curtains/pillows? 60’s botanical, atomic boomerangs or the star burst one?  I don’t care if it is only 1 small window in the basement. It must have a cool curtain!

The view up the stairs. Yes that is the garage up there.

The heaviest coffee table on the planet. Note the vintage table tennis set, still in the original box!

This end of the room will be for overflow eating or game/card playing:

The only window in this big room. How exactly am I going to hide that pipe? Long curtains?

No Scarface was not my choice. But that huge wall hanging is hiding the entrance to the crawl space:

So what do you think? Does it have possibilities?

What about the fabrics for curtains/pillows?

What about that carpet? Do we hate it or should I be happy with it?