are amazing things (unless you’re Austrian, of course….). I don’t know why they never caught on in Ireland, but every home should have one. It holds everything. I mean everything. A massive top-loading washing machine. A huge tumble-dryer. A couch, all our empty suitcases, a furnace/boiler thingy, wall-to-wall shelving. All the kids’ toys and their sports equipment (now taking up lots of shelves since our excursion on Saturday).
It’s cool down there. Temperature-wise, I mean. As you come up the stairs, it’s like walking back into a sauna.
There’s a couch to sit on and escape from the kids for a while.
The kids can be banished to the basement at the drop of a hat.
I don’t have to look at their toys.
There will be room for a pool table, if we ever come across a free one on Kijiji (Canadian equivalent of DoneDeal, some hilarious ads).
I can just throw all the dirty washing down the stairs and pick it up later when I feel like it.
It’s cold down there. Yes, I know I said that already, but you need to really appreciate how wonderful that is. Come back to me in winter and remind me that I said this. You can even gloat if you want, as we shiver in -40. Maybe the basement will be warm then?
So there you have it. Build a basement. You’re worth it.