Concrete leaks. That is an ugly truth. I tried to waterproof the roof as a DIY project initially. Not good. Eventually, I hired a professional roofer to redo the waterproofing. Turns out that was not so good either. Roof leaked. Roofer now out of business. Me out of luck. So, maybe the answer is a DIY repair of a professional job!
Speaking of DIY, more and more I am putting the family to work. Here is Will attacking the basement. Only later did he tell me the roller fell on the dirty floor while he was ‘helping.’ So much for the smooth wall finish!
Thought I could save a few nickels by doing my own electric trim. I really do understand the basics. I even understand when a box has double wires. But, what the heck does the red wire mean, when there is no corresponding neutral wire???
Another way to save money on the trim is to buy online. Eleven mocha trim pieces and seven are actually bronze, but with the same catalog number as the mocha. AARRGGHH. There is a reason for the bricks and mortar stores like HD and Lowes. And maybe with an eleven foot ceiling, nobody will notice.
For the bar counter, which is poured in place concrete, I used a couple of belt buckles for decoration. Covered in caulk during the pour, then avoided during the grind/polish sequence. The pictured buckle is Smokey the Bear in acknowledgement of the fire dangers all around our area, and our own effort to be fireproof.
Our dining room table was going to be a poured concrete project. We built the legs with block and mortar. But then, we decided to go with a marble top from Precision Waterjet in Wenatchee. Good choice. Seats ten. If we ever sell the house, the table is included! All that is missing is the turkey.