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Old 01-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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My basement is unfinished. There is a natural gas fired boiler and water heater in the basement(900 sf). Would code typically allow for a finished bedroom and family room on the "same level"? On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being most allowable and 10 being asking for trouble, where would this fall? I plan to start drywalling in a couple weeks or I'm moving to plan B.

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Codes vary by location. In my area you would have to run a combustion air to the furnace/water heater.

I took and framed a chase with enough access to both units and used large bifolds on the front and rear for easy access. Ran my combustion air into the space and the inspectors were happy and no eye sores.

Ran 4" pipe for my combustion air. Call your local inspector and give him your square footage and the information of your appliances and they will steer you in the right direction.

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Codes vary by location. In my area you would have to run a combustion air to the furnace/water heater.

I took and framed a chase with enough access to both units and used large bifolds on the front and rear for easy access. Ran my combustion air into the space and the inspectors were happy and no eye sores.

Ran 4" pipe for my combustion air. Call your local inspector and give him your square footage and the information of your appliances and they will steer you in the right direction.
If I call inspector, does that mean I'll need a builder's permit?
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If I call inspector, does that mean I'll need a builder's permit?
Depends on what your AHJ says. I am guessing that you have already started the project.
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If I call inspector, does that mean I'll need a builder's permit?
You can usually call an inspector with questions without needing a permit. You can also approach them like you are thinking of finishing your basement and are trying to figure in costs of the remodel and would like information.

Some places only require permits for change outs of furnaces and condensing units etc...
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My basement is unfinished. There is a natural gas fired boiler and water heater in the basement(900 sf). Would code typically allow for a finished bedroom and family room on the "same level"? On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being most allowable and 10 being asking for trouble, where would this fall? I plan to start drywalling in a couple weeks or I'm moving to plan B.

Get permits before you do anything else.
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Codes vary by location. In my area you would have to run a combustion air to the furnace/water heater.

I took and framed a chase with enough access to both units and used large bifolds on the front and rear for easy access. Ran my combustion air into the space and the inspectors were happy and no eye sores.

Ran 4" pipe for my combustion air. Call your local inspector and give him your square footage and the information of your appliances and they will steer you in the right direction.
Wow, I'm glad the red flag went up in my mind. Watch my home end up on Holmes on Holmes some day I guess I could have retrofitted the combustion air after the inspector came. Wasn't planning on an inspector, but I'm beginning to get concerned. I should send him a letter of my intentions to get him up to speed quickly and be on the "same page". I'm beginning to see how he could boost my confidence. I like to know the best way to do the finishing without having too many surprises at once. Slow and steady like the tortise and the hare. I'm the tortise here.

I have a lot of ideas but now's the time to run them past an inspector(talking to myself).

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