This was the pile of dirt that we had from digging the basement -
It took 35 truckloads to have it all removed, in spite of the kids really enjoying "the dirt mountain".
JD kept up his work pace to get the downstairs bedrooms done. The bathroom did not follow for about three years however.
The remainder of the basement was finished slowly over the next several years. We honestly just finished the major building of it last winter and are still finishing the final touches this winter. Everything takes longer and costs more than one can ever dream!
A major part of the work was installing the Geothermal lines in the ceiling.
|Gabriel helping back in the day of long hair|
|Debra and Elijah 2008|
The pool and playground were now located in our front yard, but continued to draw a crowd.
Other than just finishing, we have done some other major projects. We installed a wood burning stove and chimney that I LOVE.
We have also built raised garden beds, put in a pasture fence and JD finished the "chicken mansion" this summer -
We finally broke down and paid an excellent carpenter to finish the screened in porch and build built in shelves in the TV room and a TV cabinet in the playroom.
|the new TV that JD waited patiently for for 6 years|
|the old TV in a new built in corner cabinet in the playroom|
The upstairs living room and school room are always a work in progress, but I'm pleased with how life in running in those rooms at the moment -
|living room - yes, toys seem to end up everywhere|
And now we are nearing ground breaking on our next building project - our garage and Alei's apartment. She has been buying things for her new home and lining her hallway with them; it's practically a fire hazard at this point.