The floor is in!
After weeks of digging in our damp and smelly cellar, we finally have a foor! I had no idea we could get quite this excited about a bit of concrete, but for us it means that we’ll soon have some decent storage without having to worry about things getting damp or smelling musty.
Already the cellar feels much more usable. The floor used to be about 5 different levels with 4 different finishes, which made almost impossible for me to walk through it without tripping and it was very damp.
One of the biggest problems down there was that the middle section of the cellar only had a brick floor and this seemed to be the main cause of our damp issue (the bricks were so wet, that they were dripping when we removed them).
Now it’s transformed into one smooth and flat surface. We’re now (not so) patiently waiting for the floor to dry so that we can seal or paint the concrete. Not only will the floor look better, be dampproof and safer, it’ll hopefully also be much easier to keep clean, too.
I can’t wait till all of our junk and tools are back where they belong. Who knows, with some proper storage, we might be able to actually find what we’re looking for without rummaging and arguing about who had a tool last and where it disappeared to! Most importantly though, having the cellar finished means that we can clear our loft in preparation for the loft conversion.
We always like to break big jobs down into little easier to manage jobs, so here’s how far we’ve come in our cellar damp proofing plan and what’s still left to tick off our to-do list.
- Clear cellar & remove old floor – done.
- Level and compact floor ready to receive new concrete – done.
- Add damp proof membrane – done.
- Lay concrete floor – done.
- Remove loose paint and clean walls & ceiling – totally miserable job, but started.
- Repair stairs
- Paint walls
- Paint floor
- Add storage
- Move boiler
- Paint door
- Tidy electrics
- Add lighting
- Add wine storage
Whilst our box ticking isn’t going as quickly as we’d like, the biggest and dirtiest jobs of the project have already been completed and I’d guess we’re about 65% finished with this project.
Sorting the cellar is probably a project that we should have done much sooner. It’s not pretty and we didn’t think it would improve the way we live hugely, but looking at it now, we sure it will make a huge difference to have some decent storage. And knowing that the cellar is safe, clean and maintained is really comforting, too.
The next jobs are to repair the floating stairs and finish removing any loose bits of paint from the walls and then we can finally start to paint the walls!
Do you have any good storage solutions or systems you’d recommend? How do you store your tools and DIY materials? We’ve still not decided on what kind of storage to have, so any recommendations would be really helpful!