Measure twice, cut once
When I first moved into my house, the basement was a large, unfinished space of 1200 sq ft lit by two 60W bulbs. Not the most inviting of places but it presented much opportunity. In last year, I've undertaken a number of projects including removing the lowered ceiling tiles, replacing the plumbing, rerouting the electrical wiring, adding lights and building out an office.
Over this last three day weekend, Amy and I got down to some more serious work with rerunning of duct work, framing in some interior walls and setting up a lot of shelving and storage space. All great progress but there remains much to be done - more framing, electrical, hanging drywall, flooring and painting.
And boy am I impressed by the people that do this day in and day out.