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Old 08-21-2012, 03:05 PM   #16
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Obnoxiously low basement ceiling height....Finishing basement.


Maybe you could move into the garage and park your car in the house.

But that would be "ludacris":

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:39 PM   #17
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A door might be less expensive than an egress window, and wouldn't be much more digging than an egress window. A small tractor with backhoe can be rented for 2 or 3 hundred dollars a day, around New England anyway),. block work, 2 walls and roof, and stairs more than a window but not much in exchange for a permanent access to the cellar.
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I'll chip in with my $.02 worth. Take a step back and realize that the basement isn't happening. Also, additions on a house that you got for next to nothing are not worth it. I would polish the house up and sell it to make a few dollars profit and turn around and buy another house that actually fits your family's needs.

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First, good on you for having minimal possessions and living in minimal space. I'd like to simplify my life, too, but I have older kids that would soon murder each other in close confines.

It sounds like converting the basement to an honest-to-gosh bedroom would be quite the project. However, so far as I know there's nothing to say you can't put up drywall and put down carpet and call it a utility room or bonus room... a room that just happens to have a bed or two in it. I believe the presence of a closet is what makes it a bedroom, no? So don't add a closet. Do add a second egress though.

Digging the floor down can potentially de-stabilize your home's foundation. If you go this route you need to have an engineer evaluate the situation to make sure the house doesn't suffer major damage when the supporting dirt is removed.

As for hiding mechanicals etc, I'd go crazy with white paint and hang some decorative fabric in strategic locations. You can also get freestanding fabric Chinese "screens" to section off the uglies.

Question about the return duct, does it hang down from inside a joist bay? Perhaps you can replace it with a wider, shorter duct with the same internal area but tucks fully up inside the joist bay. Can we see pics?
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If it's for kids paint it all colors, put in some strobe lights, couple big speakers, but no closet. Ooops sorry that was the 60's in me. You could of course, let them pick the colors.

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