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flyboy#1 04-28-2009 09:04 AM

basement workshop
I'm looking for ideas on finishing my new workshop in the basement.
I have a 25'x25' poured concrete bunker under my garage with 9' ceilings. The floors, walls and ceiling are concrete. It has one support beam in the center of the room. I am limited to one opening. A door leading into the room from the furnace room. The walls are 10" thick.
My tools consist of most of the carpentry trade tools. I also do some spray painting in addition to welding and electric. I am not a contractor. Just a talanted DIY who has built one home with the help of others.
I would appreciate any ideas you may have on the layout, finish to the walls, floor and ceiling. In addition I would like to find the best way to open a hole in the wall to allow the passthrough of a drain and water for a sink in the shop.
As an artist/painter would say "I have a clean canvas to start with". All ideas are welcome.

HABSFAN2006 04-28-2009 11:02 AM

That is a large workshop! Wish mine was that big! :)
Mine is part of my mechanical room, having approx. dimensions
of 15 x 18.
One thing I did, is put up 5/8 plywood on all the walls.
I just love how clean, and efficient it is. I'm always screwing things to the wall, and moving them around, and this gives me a great feel to the area.
So if drywall is not your thing, and your afraid to dent it while working,
this is my suggestion!

flyboy#1 04-28-2009 02:19 PM

Thanks for the reply. This is the largest room for me also. Assuming you attached yours to concrete, did you use studs or direct to the concrete?

Gary in WA 04-28-2009 02:57 PM

Hi, welcome to the forum.

Check with your local Building Department, please. You need egress ( emergency escape), from bedrooms and basements with habitable space. (usable) Under the current codes (minimum), you need a second, stable, means of escape to the exterior.

If your basement has this, great. Also ask them about natural light (8%) needed, and natural ventilation or forced supplied to this room.
Be safe, G

flyboy#1 04-29-2009 09:35 PM

Thanks for that insight. I'll be checking our local codes.

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