undernook update

Last weekend we tackled a project we’ve been talking about for ages. It didn’t take very long and it’s so nice to have it done with!

In the basement, adjacent to the laundry area, is the undernook – the little square-ish room underneath the kitchen nook. Someone had paneled this little area off and installed a door at some point in history, but we don’t really need it to be separate and would in fact prefer it to be open to the laundry area.

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The pallets on the floor of the laundry room went away ages ago, but we haven’t done much with the area otherwise. Until last weekend!


Ta-da! Now it’s all open and one source of allergens is gone (the wood was damaged at the floor level where it had flooded at some point – nothing like dry rot and other assorted molds/whathaveyou to make me feel gross). As you can see we also have an air system in here which is probably better in a more open area. We now need to clean the walls in here – I’d like to paint them so we have a clean, tidy surface before we put up shelving – as they are pretty gross. Some areas have efflorescence that has been there since before we bought the house, and other areas are water stained or dusty or grimy. Time to do some cleaning! If anyone has done this type of project before, all advice and opinions are welcome!


4 thoughts on “undernook update

  1. oooh, put up some peg board? For tools, gardening gear, etc? An easy cover, as well, rather than the hassle of drywall!

    • Rebecca, that is an excellent idea! I pretty much love peg board on principle! And definitely we’re not going to bother to drywall this area – the other half of the basement is finish-able (it’s sort of semi-finished right now but not to our taste) but over here I don’t think it’s worth it.

  2. What was the point of the pallets? were the former owners short and needed help getting into the washer?

    • That is a possibility! I think it’s also possible that they had water issues (we have had some basement waterproofing done as there was evidence of water – in the form of water stains at floor level) and just lived with it (though that seems gross!) under the pallets.

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