We're obviously running a bit behind on the blogging here at bschoolstudio. Yes, Valentine's Day was over a week ago but the subprojects shown below were all started last weekend (how romantic!) and I wanted to wait until they were in a photo-worthy state before posting. Now that we've checked a few more things off the list, let's review in this edition of all things wood.
First - Door and base trim. It's in. All 300+ linear feet of it. Last Friday we ended up going to the Home Despot (our term of endearment for Home Depot - fitting on so many levels) and realized there was no way our trusty wagon would be able to legally haul 12' long trim pieces home. Enter the Despot truck rental service. $19 later I was behind the wheel of this beaut.
Continuing around the blue wall bend comes my new desk and sewing area. The skinny white shelves are perfect for holding up pattern sheets, whatever thread spools I'll be using, and other notions. The cubby on the bottom right was sized to hold my sewing machine and serger. Oh, and yours truly built this. By. Her. Self. And, I'm happy to report, it's both sturdy and level, despite the sloping floor. Bam!
In the picture above you can see the left edge of the gas meter/media closet. To the right of it is a full set of bookshelves, which will house Matt's subwoofer and great works of literature (textbooks, glossy picture books, and chick-lit). I'm going to brag again and let you know I built the top half of the shelves, too, using some construction fundamentals found over at Knockoffwood.
I'll 'fess up and admit that here is another example of where the budget may have burst. At $4.50/sf these tiles completely surpassed our original $1/sf expectations. But here's what we've learned in this project - we didn't go to all this trouble (and pain) just to have our basement fall in the "Whatever was on sale at Home Depot last weekend" style file. A bit snooty? Perhaps. I blame my anal, I mean perfectionist, past project managers. And I thank them too because this place is shaping up nicely. The bathroom floor is modern but easy on the eyes. It's masculine without being harsh. The wide base trim gives the little room the heft it needed. The door trim is the same stuff I'd spec for million-dollar homes back in the day AND it matches the original trim we have elsewhere in the house. I love it.