Welcome to week six friends!
You may be wondering what happened to the week five update? Linda the creator of the One Room Challenge cancelled week 5 to honor and respect the victims of racial injustice. I fully supported her decision and took the time to really listen and learn about racism in our country. This is an on-going problem and my hope is that we can all be diligent in doing the work going forward to help solve this problem. Let’s do better, let’s be better!
If you are new to my blog, Welcome! I’m so happy you’ve stopped by I’m Jana Donohoe, an interior designer in Fayetteville, North Carolina, mom of 3 busy kiddos and Peloton addict! I’m making over my walk out basement into a proper home gym and an inspiring basement patio area for this challenge.
Not Familiar with the One Room Challenge
The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event where interior designers, bloggers and design enthusiasts participate in transforming a space of their choice and blog about it every week. So be sure to watch for those weekly updates.
We have made great strides the last two weeks, but will it be enough to reach the finish line in 2 short weeks. The answer is I don’t know! I can tell you that if we don’t finish, it won’t be for a lack of not trying. Let’s review what we did get done. Starting with the outside. Get comfy, this is going to be a long post!
Last weeks weather was mostly great. Which allowed us to get lots done. 🙂
The framing for the new under deck storage went up. Do you see how we framed over the brick? I was originally going to run the cedar slats on top of the brick. But after carefully looking at the uneven bricks and the major slope of the bricks, I felt it would make a much cleaner site line to run the cedar slats even with the deck….which is perfectly level. 🙂
We recycled our old deck to use for the floor in the storage area. Which worked out pretty nicely! Now, we are currently working on getting the cedar slats up to enclose the storage. Unfortunately, the rain interrupted us…again. I decided to paint the slats prior to going up and then plan on touching them up once they are all up. Was that a time saver? Verdict is still out.
Next up, was the deck waterproofing. We received all the supplies we needed to waterproof our deck. The system we used is called Rain Escape by Trex, which is basically an under deck drainage system. Here are some of the highlights and reasons why I choose this system.
Uses a network of troughs and gutters to divert water from the deck
Shields the area below the deck from rain, snow, sun and other elements
Provides 100% protection of the deck substructure from moisture
Holds screws in place longer
Is easy to install
Comes with a 20-year warranty
Trex Rain Escape was super easy right from the start. You can go to their website, plug in the size of your deck and they will figure out the amount of materials you will need. We took the materials lists to our local hardware store and ordered the product there. Shown below are the troughs and the gutters installed. Once everything else is finished we will add another gutter that the deck gutters will pour into and move water away from house.
Since we are still getting a fair amount of rain here, we have gotten to see how these really work and to make sure we don’t have any leaks before we seal up the bottom of the deck into a finished ceiling.
So far, so good!
Here are all the materials we used to waterproof our deck.
After all the waterproofing was completed, the top deck was ready to be put back together. We used the same Trex deck boards as the ground deck. We will never have to worry about rotting boards up here again!
Time for some new railings.
Our house is a pretty traditional 1950’s brick ranch with a walkout basement. I wanted a style the was classic, yet modern but still flowed well with the rest of the house. I decided on this very clean, classic, yet modern X style. Once it’s all painted black, I think it is going to look very sharp.
I love it but still deciding if I want to add a couple more pieces to make more of a starburst or frame around the X with a square. I am concerned with some of the gaps being too big.
The retaining wall is finally done! We had to figure out turning a corner for the planter portion and had several cuts we had to make to complete the whole thing. It took a couple DIY errors to get it right. Literally blood, lots of sweat, tears and some few choice words over getting that wall completed. Definitely not something I will ever consider tackling myself again!
Last on the outside construction project checklist is the kids play ground. My husband and the kids took part in knocking down the old set. I think they had fun kicking and knocking it down with the hammer!
We have started rebuilding a new swing set, that all 3 kids can swing on at the same time. That was part of the problem with the old one, only two at a time and of course a constant fight who got to go first. Now they will be able to all swing together. Let’s hope no fighting!….. Who am I kidding they are still going to fight over something. (sigh)
We set the new posts last weekend and now need to go back and add all the hardware and the new swings.
We are so close to being over the construction hump!
So, now I am starting to think about all the pretty things I get to add. I went to a local garden center the other day to look at plants and decide what to add in the planter and the surrounding patio area. Much like interior design, I was attracted to these plants for their varying textures, sizes and colors.
Any garden tips for an amateur?
While we did make some very good progress these last two weeks, I still have so much to get done. Here is what I still have left to do outside.
Basement Patio Checklist
Level ground for deck and retaining wall✔
Install new french doors to gym ✔
Build retaining wall ✔
Build ground level deck with Trex ✔
Install recessed lights in deck ceiling ✔
Install Deck Ceiling system✔
Build storage under deck ✔
Paint deck posts, storage slats, railings and door
Build New Swing set for kiddos – Working on it
Refinish existing outdoor sofa frame
Reupholster existing outdoor sofa ✔
New outdoor lounge chairs ✔
Plant new bushes and flowers in ground and in pots
Install solar lights
And now for the basement progress.
Last week my carpenter framed out the ceiling and the new closet under the stairs.
If you missed my IG stories from last week. I decided last minute not to frame in a small section under the stairs in order to accommodate a small beverage fridge and cabinet. The closet was taking on a really deep sloped area that would not have been very practical for storage. I am very happy I made that call. I think we will use the cabinet and fridge frequently.
All the new electrical work was completed as well. I decided on doing all recessed lighting. My ceiling height is already low. If I added any sort of fixture, it would just accentuate the low height. After all the roughing out was completed, it was time for sheet rock, they did 3 layers of mud with sanding between.
The magic of this space is about to happen. Painting!
Painting is going to do wonders down here. I am going to begin this weekend, I hope I can get a good portion of it completed.
Bring on some much needed color!
Here is where we are today on the basement and what we have left to do.
Basement Gym Checklist
Demo Old floor and carpet on stairs ✔
Re-do plumbing line ✔
Frame out new closet under stairs and around duct work ✔
Add insulation in ceiling for added noise barrier and heat/cooling✔
Run New electrical for lights ✔
Sheet Rock and mud Ceiling ✔
Install new LVP floors
Paint ceiling, walls, trim and stairs
Order and install artwork
Order New workout rug/mat ✔
Order wall mural ✔
Install Wall Mural
Thank you for sticking with me during this process. I know a lot is going on in the world right now. If you’d like please subscribe to my blog to follow along and watch for my weekly progress posts in your inbox. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and my instagram stories for behind the scenes sneak peeks and shenanigans.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina