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Finished Basement Project: Add more living space to the house without adding on.
Submitted By: Mark42
Date Created: 05-07-2007
Description: Basement Finishing Project: The time had come to make some more living space in the house. We needed a home office, exercise area and a place for the kids to gather with their friends to watch videos, play games, etc.

The plan was to finish the basement. The basement was used as storage and workshop. So a lot of cleanup and planning was needed to get the office, exercise area and family room in the basement and save space for storage and workshop.

Project was started in March of 2004 and finished by February 2006. Almost two years, but I took summers off to work on my boat (see my boat project) and do various other projects around the house. The end result was finished living space 23'x25' plus storage and shop.

Total cost for this project not including the leather furniture, was just about $7000. About $1800 was for the cabinets, the rest was materials. The Armstrong Optigrid Ceiling was a real plus. Even though it cost over $800 for the ceiling, because it only used 1 5/8" of headroom, it was well worth it. The result was a 7' 0" ceiling.

The Armstrong CVT floor tiles were very inexpensive and a great product for the basement floor. They wear well, polish up nice, not affected by moisture in the floor and are easy to replace if damaged. CVT tiles are about 70% limestone, and they will pass any moisture coming from the concrete floor.

The wood column to cover the steel post was pricy, but it was the only choice I had in a wide 10" column.

The insulation in the ceiling keeps the noise way down, even when the high school kids are having a party down there. We often have to go down and check because its so quiet sometimes!

I had made plans to run baseboard heat in the room, but after the first winter with the finished insulated walls up, the basement stayed warm. We leave the door to the work shop and storage areas open in winter to let the heat from the boiler radiate out into the rest of the basement. That's sufficient to keep it warm.

This is how it all worked out...
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This is how it looked.

Apply Dry-Loc

Little Helper

Bought Doors.

Have to move hanging pipes.

Framing starts.

Wall off storage area.

Wall off shop area

Box in main beam and pipes
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