Basement Renovation #1: How the project came to be

Blog entry by zeddicus posted 02-09-2009 11:26 PM 4240 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When we moved into our house we put hardwood throughout the upstairs and carpeted two large playrooms downstairs. This was great for a while, but one year after we moved into our house our region had a storm that dumped 13” of rain in 24 hours. The main playroom was soaked through.

We decided to get rid of the carpet and tile instead as well as install new drains around the house.

The drains were just completed and the tile has been down for a while, but since the room was empty it was time to fix things up how we want them.

The laundry room has always been awkward, sharing space with a hot water tank and a layout that was not thought out well. There was no utility sink, yet the other side of the wall in the playroom had a wet-bar including a sink. The play room is a good size (24’ x 17’) but dated.

The Plan
Since we never used the wet bar and it was very dated, we tore it out and are flipping the plumbing around so that we have a utility sink in the laundry room. Also I am adding a laundry water supply and drain so the washer and dryer can be better located in the laundry room opening up the rest of the space.

Then the old wall where the wet bar was located is turned into the back wall for the entertainment room. The projector will be mounted at the ceiling here, and the couch will be pushed against this wall. New lighting and electrical outlets combined with CAT5e ports and speaker mounts (With all wires hidden in the walls) will complete that wall.

The ceiling will have new lighting and an electrically driven movie screen hidden above the ceiling.

Against the opposite wall from the laundry room will be built-in entertainment system with cabinets for storing the electronics and lots of storage for books and games.

Let the fun begin!

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posted 02-10-2009 04:08 PM

Sounds like a great project.Don’t forget to take before and after pictures to show us. :-)

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posted 02-11-2009 12:00 AM

Sounds like you have some good ideas that I might be able to use. I echo the request for photos, if possible.

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posted 02-11-2009 02:51 AM

Here are a couple pictures of the current project in-work.

That is the wall before I tore into it. There was a wet bar there that I tore out. The plumbing sticking out of the wall will be flipped into the neighboring room to a new utility sink. Also behind where the fridge is, I added a drain and water supply for the washer/dryer which are also in the neighboring room. This wall will become the back of the entertainment room.

Basement wall before work begain.

Here is the wall from the same side after I installed the drain.

Drain complete

And finally the wall again from the same side after the supply lines were added. This was just a couple days ago.

Supply lines complete

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posted 02-11-2009 06:11 AM

Great post, thanks for sharing.

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posted 02-12-2009 04:53 AM

your doing a great job thx for the pics as well

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