Possibly like you, in our home we prepared by reasonably buying additional groceries, essentials and pet food and supplies. Our older daughter was already home for a college break and is now home until who knows when; and our high schooler is acclimating to shifting her social life more online. Both girls are adjusting to online classes as they continue with their education. As for Jim, he works mostly from home, so his transition was not as jolting. However, as we enter week two of the SIP, we are beginning to realize how important our physical space is, how it affects the rhythm and harmony of our day, and how the little extra spaces we carved out for ourselves provide us with an added sense of security.
While we lead an active social and family life, we still needed to adjust our existing spaces to work better for spending lengthy periods of time doing activities in close quarters. We rearranged furniture to create exercise or dance party areas in the living room and cleared off tabletop spaces for kids to study on (so they are not lying in their beds 24/7). However, in the face of this SIP we are realizing that one of the best investments we made in our home, and in past homes we’ve had, was to add additional space to our existing footprint.
Happy to Have the Extra Space Created by Basement Dig-Out, New Foundation and Drainage System
This job would be considered a medium sized project and fulfills the needs for our family. However, we are currently completing a dig-out and basement project that fulfills multiple needs for our client. In the newly created crawlspace we have added a small rental unit consisting of two large rooms plus a bath and new kitchen, with a door that accesses them on the side of the basement. Adjacent to that we have a couple of large rooms that service the upstairs and will become a new family room on one side, with an art room and laundry room on the other side. There are stairs connecting this area to the main house. There is also another space at the back of the house that was an existing basement and garage which we remodeled.
By adding a bath and new windows there we created another unit for the client’s mother, who is elderly and looking to move in. The added income (and reduction in Mom’s rent) will help pay for the work over time, and the doubling of the legal square footage of the home will dramatically increase the value of the property. The layout is shown below (Mom’s unit is titled Library and Utility Room on the plan). There is also additional crawlspace remaining in the front where storage space will be built, and we added a new door to access that area.