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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Adventures in Home Improvement: Operation Finish Basement

Well, we have been working towards this day for a while now...
One of our 2012 Home Improvement Goals is to finish our basement. 

Step 1 was to get rid of everything in the basement. Done.

Today we started Step 2: Removing old support columns and digging holes to pour new footings for new support columns. 
Yep, this is our basement floor. 
If you have ever wondered what's under your house...most likely it's clay. Very compacted, hard to break apart, super strong clay. least that is what is under our house. One of my jobs was to break apart the thin top layer of concrete with a hammer. I kind of felt like the Hulk. Daniel kept saying "Veronica Smash!" 
Well, we haven't found any buried treasure yet.
But there is still lots of digging left to do!
If you are in the Chicago area and like to dig holes and smash things, stop on over!   
What are you doing this weekend? 


  1. Ha! Good job! We finished our basement in 2010-2011, and it's quite a project, isn't it?

  2. How did I not know you were in Chicago? Love that you said 'Veronica Smash!'. That is totally something that I would do! You guys are so brave for taking this project on, I think I would be overwhelmed! Can't wait to see the final product!