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Basement Remodel Project - Part 1

Project by MRod posted 05-26-2008 08:18 AM 3426 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi,

One of our HR’s, Patrick Jaromin, has inspiried me to post and discuss my own basement remodeling.

I will assemble pictures of before and after as I walk around the room in a 360o circle.

The project started in late 2005 and ended in 2007.

Image #1 is the plan for the basement
Image #2 is the before stairway, notice how there is a wall at both sides of the stairway
Image #3 now notice how much an open staircase coming into a room opens up the doorway considerably.

Please provide me with as much feedback as you would like.

Respectfully,
MRod
-out of Colorado

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado



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clieb91

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posted 05-26-2008 07:40 PM

Mrod, I am at the moment in the middle of doing our basement. Currently taking care of a water problem that we did not have until Verizon showed up excavating my front yard.
But once that is fixed I should be getting back on track. Look forward to seeing more of what you did.

How difficult was it to open up that staircase? One thing I ahave been pushing around doing.

CtL

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MRod

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posted 05-27-2008 12:14 AM

The staircase wall destruction was the most fun I had for the entire project.

Just bought me a BIG OL sledge hammer and SLAMMED

Re-creating the 1st to 2nd floor balusters and handrail was interesting, a first time for me. Nothing special on the style, home D had the matching balusters and handrail.

I recommend purchasing the kit that comes with all of the hardware to attach the bottom post to the handrail and floating floor.

I look forward to seeing your plans -:)

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado

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posted 05-27-2008 03:56 AM

looks great m rod

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Patrick Jaromin

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posted 05-29-2008 01:55 PM

Looking forward to seeing the pics! I’m about 1/2 way through the final design for my project. I’m just hoping I can get it done before baby #3 arrives in November!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL www.TenonAndSpline.com

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MRod

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posted 05-29-2008 06:25 PM

Whatever you do, get help. I would say that during the 2 years it took to get from start to finish (I consider 95% done finished) I was able to get 60% of that work completed when I had a resource (local high school/college student) for a full two weeks. There was 1 one week in 2006 and another 1 week stint in 2007 when that resource and I worked day in and day out. I paid him probabaly $10 an hr and it was worth it.

Ciao,
MRod

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado

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Bill

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posted 05-30-2008 09:12 PM

Nice job MRod. The basement looks many times better in the third picture. A long project, but it is nice to see it completed isn’t it?

Soon you will not even remember it being anything other than like it is now.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MRod

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posted 05-30-2008 11:26 PM

Very true Bill.

I tell you folks, I didn’t fully visualize the before and after until getting the pics together for this site.

Last week I actually took the time to pull together the BEFORE pics and then take some AFTER pics, and WOW … it feels really good to see the acomplishment of it all.

Me and the Misses get to tell the kids to GO DOWN STAIRS and PLAY DARN IT! anytime that we want to now!! That’s right!!! -:)

MRod

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado

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Bill

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posted 06-04-2008 06:37 PM

Yes, it is good to have pictures of before and after, otherwise you tend to forget what it actually looked like before. I have seen some of the before pictures of my back yard, and then its current state. What a difference. And since there has been some changes, and the plants have matured, it is hard to remember how bare it looked before. The same with a room, or a house as well.

Make sure those kids play down there a lot. At the cost per hour of play, they need to get some use out of it. haha

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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