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Old 01-08-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Enough height to finish basement?


Later this winter or early spring I am going to replace a couple of my basement walls with poured concrete. After this I plan on finishing my basement for a laundry room / storage closet / entertainment room. It also has a garage door and the hot water heater and central air unit. Not sure how I am going to lay it all out yet, but the height from the concrete floor to the bottom of the floor joists is 7'1". Is this enough room to finish it for what I am wanting? I understand I probably won't be able to put a lot of ceiling fans and such in, and I have the main beam going down the center that hangs about 5" lower as well as some air vents. I'll just have to figure out a way to hide these behind some ceiling tiles or something. Also, when building a room around my water heater and ca unit, how much space should I leave between them and the walls / doors? Just looking for some ideas.

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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You will need to check with your local building Dept on what they require for height on finished space

Are you digging down to pour cement walls, putting in a footer ?
What is currently in place

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Just depends on the codes in your area. For me my min. finished height is 7'
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You will need to check with your local building Dept on what they require for height on finished space

Are you digging down to pour cement walls, putting in a footer ?
What is currently in place
I have about 50' of cement blocks that have bowed well before I purchased the place. There are some cracks around the blocks that are starting to crack horizontally. They are going to come in and dig around the outside, tear them out, replace and put in new drainage tile. They are also going to help sturdy up the place where my main beam sits with some extra concret around the current pillars. They are also going to tear out the cement patio that is on the front of my house and slopes towards it. Every time it rains it is a direct chute for water to drain along the foundation and I don't even know if tile is in place for drainage. I am going to replace the cement patio with a basic wood deck.
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Ah, so a Pro is going to do it - good
Once you start messing with the foundation walls its gets involved

I'm not sure what the rules are as far as finishing space if the ceiling is too low
Possibly you could finish it, but might not be counted as "finished space" at sale
Also possible the space will be considered grandfathered since it is exisiting
All depends upon the local building depts & codes
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Ah, so a Pro is going to do it - good
Once you start messing with the foundation walls its gets involved

I'm not sure what the rules are as far as finishing space if the ceiling is too low
Possibly you could finish it, but might not be counted as "finished space" at sale
Also possible the space will be considered grandfathered sinc eit is exisiting
All depends upon the local building depts & codes
Haha. Yeah, there is no way I was going to mess with the foundation. After that is complete, I am just planning on finishing part of the basement myself. The area isn't that big, so I figured me and my brother could handle it.
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As others have said, 7' is typical but you need to check with your local building department.

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