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canuck88 03-22-2013 02:13 PM

Help with basement layout
Hi everyone,

Looking to finish our basement and looking for some help with the layout. Ultimately looking to finish the bathroom (roughed in when the house was built), add a media room, perhaps a small bar, and an area for the kids.

I would love to get your opinions on which option we should take for finishing the bathroom and moving the mechanicals, and then how we should finish the blank canvas space.

On the images, each square represents 6 inches (36 square inches).

Here is the current layout:

Option 1:

Leave the furnace where it is, move the hot water tank and softener to open up a space for a door to the bathroom (off of what would probably be a good area for the media room). Downside is it cuts off the space a little bit compared to the next option, makes the workshop/storage area a bit unnecessarily large, and requires getting rid of the shower drain (which the utility sink is currently using). Plus is it doesn't require moving the furnace (approx. $1,200).

Option 2:

Move the furnace, hot water tank, and water softener. Opens up the space a bit more than option 1. Like option 1, requires the shower drain to be covered over.

Option 3:

Leave furnace where it is, wall it off, move the HWT and softener, and change the entrance location to allow for the installation of a shower. Makes the space a bit more awkward, and cuts down the usable space of the workshop/storage area. Doesn't requires moving the furnace so saves a bit of money on that expense.

So, any opinions on which option I should take as well as how we should design (mock-ups are welcome!) the open spaces would be VERY much appreciated!

SquishyBall 03-22-2013 02:41 PM

1 and 2 you lose the shower. Major drawback especially if you put a bedroom down here.
3, you have a really poor use of space framing in the furnace like that.
I don't really care for any of them.

Can you take the $1200 saved on not moving the furnace to put in a new shower drain instead? You could take basically layout 1, and then add a full bath / shower at the end of the bathroom after the sink. (on the other side of the wall from the utility sink).

Or even... why stick w such a weird narrow bathroom at all? Move it all to a more useful spot. Might cost you a little more than $1200 but then you can put the bathroom where it can be spacious (you have so much room to work w) and work w the layout, like between the TV room and whatever bedrooms you plan. I'd love to draw out various layouts in that much space.

Which way do the L stairs come down? i.e. when you walk down them are you facing up in the diagram or right?

canuck88 03-22-2013 04:03 PM

Thanks for the feedback squishy. We don't plan to put any bedrooms down there (at least not in the near future - we have 4 bedrooms upstairs and only 2 kids), so the bathroom will mostly be used while watching a hockey game or by the kids. In terms of the stairs, they come down facing the cold storage (which is huge - the full length of that wall and about 5 feet deep). The part that sticks out to the right (the bottom right of the L) is open and could be used for storage, to house the home theatre components, or to put a bar fridge and countertop in. As for the shower - I think it could easily be put where the utility sink is - the main stack for the house is right there.

GBrackins 03-22-2013 05:53 PM

where is your secondary means of egress?

canuck88 03-22-2013 05:55 PM


Originally Posted by GBrackins (Post 1143283)
where is your secondary means of egress?

I didn't mark the windows on here, but there are 6 in total - they are along the bottom and left basement walls (4 on the bottom, 2 on the left)

GBrackins 03-22-2013 06:04 PM

where does your existing building sewer exist the foundation? where are your bathrooms upstairs in relationship to the basement. Bathroom fixtures require ventilation (those things that come out of your roof). Keeping plumbing near one another can save time and money.

canuck88 03-22-2013 07:56 PM

The main stack is right near the rough in - essentially where the utility sink is shown in option 2.

canuck88 03-22-2013 08:58 PM

Updated with rough measurements

EgressWindows 03-25-2013 12:42 PM

Got Egress?

Originally Posted by canuck88 (Post 1143285)
I didn't mark the windows on here, but there are 6 in total - they are along the bottom and left basement walls (4 on the bottom, 2 on the left)

They may be windows, but do they meet egress code?

A finished basement does require direct access out. That interior stairwell does not suffice as a means of egress.

drtbk4ever 03-25-2013 01:01 PM

Check on your local codes to be sure what egress is required in a basement development.

Even though you aren't building a bedroom now, I'd be tempted to lay out the floor plan in such a way that you could add one later with little work. So it is worthwhile to find out what the code requires for egress from a basement bedroom.

canuck88 03-28-2013 02:11 PM

Thanks guys, but a bedroom is not in the cards, now or in the future. My basement windows do not meet egress code (must be 600 sq inches, mine are about 380), and I don't plan to cut the basement foundation walls to put new ones in... I'm just interested in opinions on possible layout options (ie. where should the media room be? What about the kids play area? Etc.)... people, including the kids, will not be allowed to sleep in the basement.

canuck88 04-09-2013 11:35 PM


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