It's Fall!

I think Fall has finally hit Seattle!

Anyone who follows my old blog knows that I love Fall...the crisp cool air, the changing leaves, boots, scarves and pumpkin spiced lattes.  And best of all...it's the start of the holiday season which all lead up to my favorite time of year...Christmas!  But I'm getting a little ahead of my self there!

But in Seattle fall also means the start of the rainy season...which is always fine with me after the late beautiful summers that we have here.  And in the 11 years that we have owned our house, the rain has never been a problem of any sort.  I've heard of other people having flooding issues but not us...We have a renovated basement that has been bone dry since we moved in.  Well guess what happened this past Saturday?  It poured rain and our basement flooded.  It was not fun.  I'll spare the details but my sewing studio was badly damaged as well as our family room.  All the carpet had to be torn out.  The walls in the bathroom have to be cut into.  Fortunately we were able to salvage all of the important stuff (like all of my sewing equipment, fabric, etc...).  But here's the sucky thing...it's nothing that a sump pump or better drainage will help.  It happened because the main sewer line in the street is backed up so it's the city's issue.  And believe it or not, this is the second time that this has happened to several of our neighbors in the past two months.  According to the restoration company (who has been amazing) who is doing our clean up, the city covered the cost of the damage to all the houses in the neighborhood when it happened two months ago.  So most likely the city will be covering all of our damage.  BUT...it also means that until they fix the problem, it's likely to happen again!

So where am I going with all of this?  Well I guess my main point was that I'm excited that fall is here!  But now I'm also petrified of it raining and we live in Seattle...it's going to rain!  So Dave and I are considering our options (no we're not moving!!).  Do we put carpet back down there or do something completely different...like tile or stained concrete?  We spend a ton of time in our basement...my sewing studio is down there, as well as our family room and the guest room.  So we need to do something but I want it to be something that can be easily fixed should this happen again.  And the main issue is the flooring.  Anyone have any thoughts?  I'd love to hear them if so.

And saty tuned...I guess I'll have some home basement renovations to share over the next month or so!

And happy fall!