Sheltering Space

I adore spring! I love to get outside and play int he dirt and watch my plants come alive. But here in Iowa, it also brings on the start of severe weather season. Well, here in Iowa it is also Severe Weather Awareness Week. Do you know what you would do in severe weather? We’re fortunate to have a basement in our house so, that’s where we would head to. Today, the sirens sounded, just like they do the first Wednesday of every month just to make sure they work. I’m glad they test them, but every time the sirens wail I have to stop and think what day of the week it is and what the date is to see if I really need to be concerned. I am so glad that we have them though!

So this spring and summer if you hear about tornadoes in Eastern Iowa, you can imagine we will be in our basement. But how can you imagine us chilling in the basement unless you know what our basement looks like? I will tell you a couple things. 1- It’s the typical early 20th century dark and gross basement. 2- We have done next to nothing to the space…just enough for the hubs to use it to work on electronics at the bench that was already there. As long as you remember those two things, I’m willing to show you our basement.

If you’ve read the “Tour – From the Beginning” you’ve seen a picture of our laundry room/mudroom. Here’s another one

Well, it doesn’t look like that anymore, but this is from the beginning right? That’s how you get to the basement. Walk to the window and there are a couple stairs to the right that take you to the back door. Remember, it’s not that door anymore

Another turn and a few more stairs and you are in the basement. Check out those walls that wave like bacon in a pan. The reason that happened is because of what you see in the top right. It’s a dryer vent. The walls are just pressed “board” and the washer and dryer are on the other side of that wall, so every time the previous owners would run the dryer, the hot wet air would vent into this little hallway. Not. Smart. As a side note, we also had to run the electrical to where the washer and dryer were supposed to go, so we’re pretty certain they were running the washer and dryer off an extension cord. Also. Not. Smart.

Then when you go to the basement and turn to the left you see the future game room with that table I love. You also saw little bits of this room in my cabinet reno post. You probably just didn’t know it.

To the right of that room is the room where our wood furnace, water heater and gas furnace are. It also stores some stuff that we just need to get rid of. I don’t have any pictures of that room. Not sure why. But that’s just boring boy stuff anyway so we’ll go back to the bottom of the stairs and look to the right. There’s a “bathroom” there.

Can it really be a bathroom if it’s just a “shower” a toilet and a dirty nasty vanity stuck in a room where the only door is the door to the outside? I think my favorite part is the ocean scene shower curtains.

Are you wondering what was on the other side of this wall?

It’s the bench where Michael works on electronics. In the beginning, it looked like this

Yes, that’s mold on the wall. No, it doesn’t still look like that. We took down that pegboard, scrubbed the studs with bleach and put up new pegboard. We also scoped out the island of misfit toys misfit bin at Menards and found a piece of plywood that fit the top of the bench and put that down. So before you think I’m mean wife, he’s not breathing mold spores while he’s working.

Also in the basement is our water softener which makes me super happy. That mirror on the vanity is just gross though

There is so much to do in the basement that it stresses me out to think about it. Maybe if I made a list it would be better…maybe not. I have started planning on Olioboard though. Have y’all tried this yet? I’m completely in love with it! It’s like combining Pinterest with visions in my head. It’s totally bare right now, but It works in my head

See, bare. It’s a chair that hubs already has, cork floor he picked out and I think a couple of expedits would be great for storage. Plus, I might be looking for an excuse to make a road trip to Ikea (hallelujah).

Do you have a space that is embarrassing to show people? Are you creating Olioboards and loving it?

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