February 13 , 2012

Basement Remodel Underway

It's a basement and the starting point is rough.


There are a lot of technical issues, beyond my area of expertise. What happens is the contractor tells you what you can do and you work from there. So he came with his subs. Then he brought the structural engineer.

See all those poles? They hold up the house. They are also in the way of any sort of seating area or play area. There's HVAC venting and the mechanical area with its associated code issues. Since you need three feet access from electrical and plumbing, we'll create a wall of doors 3 feet out from the mecanical.It will eat up a lot of space, but on the upside, it will also allow us to square up the remaining usable space.

The engineer tells us that with metal beams instead of wood, we can lose all of the poles, except two. One we'll hide in near the perimeter in a newly created closet. The other will get hidden behind a door in the mechanical section we are closing off. This will allow us to open up the space for a nice seating area with a giant TV (of course) and plenty of room for storage and a foosball or air hockey table, too. In the end, we'll have a room about 19' x 22' and it will look neat and finished and much, much better.

With the measuring done and the technical issues sorted out by the experts, we're ready to create the bathroom layout and get plans ready for the city so we can pull the permit. Time to get drafting.

This will be SOME transformation. Can't wait.

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14 thoughts on “Basement Remodel Underway”

  1. When it comes to flooring in the basement there’s one very important thing to consider, the dampness. No matter where you live there’s a good chance that your basement will be a little bit damp. This is why you don’t generally want to use hardwood flooring.

  2. We didn’t use hard wood in this application. It’s vinyl and it just looks like wood. I have had plenty of clients use wood in a basement. Especially high-end new construction. I don’t suggest it but clients don’t mind if they have to pull it up, even after being informed about the pros and cons. And they can control for moisture, with a new home, unless Sandy or some other big one hits… 🙂

  3. Yeah I wouldn’t put wood flooring down on a basement floor – one flood or a sump pump failure would be all it takes and you have to rip everything up and replace it with something else.

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