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twobirds 01-15-2011 02:30 PM

basement layout help
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We want to finish our basement but we are kind of stuck on the layout.

I am attaching a current floor plan of what's down there now.

The area to the left we want to use as a living space. The area to the right we want a bathroom, bedroom and storage space. The bathroom is already designated to the back left corner because the plumbing is already there.


gregzoll 01-15-2011 02:53 PM

Bedroom next to the Bath, or Bath, then Storage, then Bedroom on the side that the Sliding door is on. You could run a hall between the are for the bath & storage, and the Bedroom. The area for the Furnace & Water heater will need Fresh Air for it, unless both are electric, but still would have to have some type of fresh air for recirculation. As for the duct & Cold Air return, put those in the picture as a different color. And where is your CATV/Telco & Main Panel located in this space, along with Water shut off. Those all can factor in how the space is laid out.

Since you have a window where I would put the Bedroom, is the window large enough to be an Egress exit, without having to exit out of the room to get to the sliding door? Take a few pictures of the space/basement, since they would speak more than a drawing.

twobirds 01-15-2011 03:09 PM

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Thank you so much for your reply. As you can probably tell, we really have no idea what we are doing. :) Here are some pictures I had on my computer.

gregzoll 01-15-2011 03:23 PM

If you use Google Sketchup, it can help you in laying it out and doing a 3d rendering. From the wall to the left rail of the stairs, how deep is that? Also, how hard would it be to bring in Fresh air for combustion for the Furnace & Water Heater? If it was me, I would bring the Bath wall up to 6-8" from the back of the Furnace, and then on the Furnace, box a space from the second or third step coming down. So basically a box maybe 10x10 or 8x8 around the Furnace & Water heater. May allow room for a Utility Sink. The bath, are you planning on a shower or a tub?

Also, printing out the rough lay in, and playing with some cut out boxes help? Do you have kids, do they have lego's? That helps also in seeing something visually.

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