It does have a mostly finished, open basement which now serves as a family room, storage for the stuff we haven't yet unpacked, and has the laundry area.
So, the plan is to turn the basement into two bedrooms and a sitting/library area and knock out the wall behind the piano in the current upstairs living/dining area which is a bedroom wall.
This will make for a much larger living/dining area and make better use of the basement.
Today was the official start of it all as Lovey borrowed the excavator from his workplace (bless his boss, our nephew-in-law) and began digging out the space for two egress windows (for fire escape and light purposes). He began by digging up an overgrown bush in front of the house since I want to put in stuff that looks more like an English cottage garden. Then he moved to the end of the house and dug down about six feet by ten feet.
While he had the big equipment, he redid the fire ring for hotdog roasts as well as making the start of a pond that Roo wants to build.
And so the adventure continues. Follow along if you like.