Just like "Kris Kross" tried to do in the early ninety's, we are now trying to "warm it up". So here's the story. Our house had a mud room off the back of the house. We tore the old mud room off as it had fairly large issues with rot. Our basement was poured with space for a new mud room. We can't enclose this section of the basement and build a new mud room, until the cement man has poured our basement floor. The plumbers laid the underfloor plumbing in and we were all ready for the cement man a week or two ago. We called him and he said he would be out soon. We called him again today, and he made it quite clear there was no way he was coming out to work on the basement until next spring. He actually hung up on Christy! Our cement man is quite good with cement, but unfortunately he's not so good when it comes to dealing with people.
We still need to warm it up though. We can't live in a hotel forever. Once as we get the basement warm the plumbers can start running the water into the house. Once as the house gets warm, we can hang the dry wall in the bathroom, and start patching drywall else where.
So Christy and I spent yesterday sealing up the upstairs to get it all ready to be heated up. Christy had to work today and I spent the day getting the basement ready to be warmed up. Here is our temporary "wall o' insulation" sectioning off the mud room portion of the basement:
I'll tack up some plastic on the other side to keep the drafts to a minimum.
Here we closed in the gaps in the basement sandwiching insulation between two pieces of plywood:
And here is my favorite part of the house:
The one thing we really splurged on. A Jotul stove. It's going to be our only source of heat for a while so we figured we might as well get a nice one. We are both looking forward to the day that we can sit around the warm fire with a good book. Maybe next year?