WALLS ARE UP – DAY 7 & 8

In the future basement

In the future basement

A couple of days ago we climbed up and into our new basement. Well, within the walls of our new basement. We stood in the middle and looked around at what will be a main part of our home. It was a great feeling.

inside the future basement

inside the future basement

We were able to rough out where the basement rooms would be and figure out some measurements.

The basement bathroom layout was on the top of the to do list as the plumber came today to start doing the plumbing work for the basement. We fit in a quick trip to go tub shopping. And like mattress shopping, you really have to try getting in the tubs to try them out for size and comfort. What I thought would be a twenty minute stop ended up taking almost two hours but in the end we found the perfect tub for the space.

Today the site is bustling with machinery, plumbers, electricians and building inspectors. I do feel bad for everyone working outdoors in our sunken future basement in hot and humid 31 degree weather while I sit here typing in an air conditioned room. Quite a change from just a few months ago complaining about the 30 below weather.

 

LAUNDRY DAY – THE MID CENTURY LAUNDRY ROOM

Vintage laundry room

Vintage laundry room

I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to the future laundry room/mud room yet. Because my laundry room will be in the back entry area it will be open to guests that enter through the back door. So I really want to keep the area as simple and organized as possible.

I would prefer to have laundry in it’s own separate space hidden from the rest of the home but there isn’t a spot for it anywhere else in the house. In the fifties, it wasn’t uncommon to have the laundry right in their kitchen. I suppose that makes sense since they spent the majority of their day cooking…why not be able to keep track of what’s in the oven while folding clothing…brilliant really. The photo below is from Kitchen Maid Kitchens. You could add special laundry pieces to your kitchen like the laundry cart with lift-out hamper, the ironette – a built in ironing board that slid out and a retractable hide-a-rack for hanging freshly laundered clothing. What a great kitchen!

A very functional Kitchen Maid kitchen, 1953

A very functional Kitchen with laundry machines, ironing board and a drying rack in a Kitchen Maid kitchen ad, 1953

Laundry wasn’t a task that was fit in here and there throughout the week like today. Housewives usually allotted one day of the week as the official ‘laundry day’. They would spend dusk to dawn washing, drying, starching, ironing and mending clothing and bedding. I rarely iron our clothing but back in the day, everything was ironed to perfection, even the bed sheets were crisp and wrinkle free.

I do own an iron, even though it doesn’t get used much. It is vintage and aqua blue…and makes a nice accent piece. I figure you may as well surround yourself with pretty things while doing laundry.

My vintage aqua blue iron

My vintage aqua blue iron

Like my aqua blue iron, I would love to find me a vintage washing machine in a pretty colour like this one. I can only imagine how exciting it would have been for a fifties house wife to get a new automatic washing machine like this one.

Vintage Hotpoint washer and dryer ad, 1960

Vintage Hotpoint washer and dryer ad, 1960

 

 

 

WALLS ARE UP – DAY 5 & 6

The walls are up

The walls are up

Things were busy at the site yesterday with multiple concrete trucks coming and going filling the wall forms. Today the guys were hard at work taking down the forms revealing our basement walls. Seeing our future basement walls up really cements the fact that things are moving forward (pun intended.) The next step will be to prepare for the radiant heating and pour the cement floor. After that we will finally be ready to have the house placed back onto a foundation…that’s when all the real fun will begin.

Basement walls

Basement walls

Freshly poured concrete walls

Freshly poured concrete walls

 

DIGGIN IT – DAY 3 & 4

The footings are ready for pouring concrete

The forms are ready for pouring concrete

There has been quite a bit of progress the last couple of days. The wall forms are now up and we are just waiting for them to pour the concrete walls next week some time. It’s been raining every couple of days this summer which has been slowing down the progress, but on the bright side, at least things are happening. Here are the latest photos.

Day 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4

 

The wall footings

The wall forms

 

Inside the future basement

Inside the future basement

 

THE 1960s HOME INTERCOM – A NOVEL IDEA

 

1960s home intercom

1960s home intercom

These ads for NuTone transistor intercoms were in the pile of home ads and information we got that belonged to the original home owners. I would have loved to have found an old intercom system within our future house but they obviously opted out of getting one. In the 1960s, intercoms were a popular addition to homes. You could talk via intercom to people in any room of the home, listen to music in any room, answer the door bell and even talk to people out in the backyard.

I think having intercoms throughout your home would be useful to a point but unless you had a really large home I’m not sure they would really be that useful. And they were quite large and a bit of an eye sore. They would certainly be a fun and novel toy though. I guess the novelty of home intercoms eventually wore off and their popularity dwindled. Nutone is still in business today though making all sorts of products for the home including intercom systems…although much smaller than the 60s versions.

Nutone intercoms

Nutone intercoms