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Old 10-05-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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I'm not really a handy person - just haven't had the chance yet.

However I am very very motivated and would love to know if there are some tips you veterans can share.

I want to finish the basement in my home. That is a loaded statement no doubt.

My home is 5 years old and has a standard 8 foot high basement - most of it underground. Just the top 3 feet or so are above ground. It has 3 small windows at the top part of the basement.

Size is approximately 1400 sq. feet.

I will upload a plan of the area later this week.

Any recommendations on an excellent book to get me started or online resources to help me with the various aspects of it?

I will contract out the wiring and plumbing to a professional, however I want to most of everything else - the floor, ceiling and walls specifically and generally ofcourse.

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hameed,
Sounds like your first project.
You couldn't have picked a harder one to start with but I commend you for your courage. I have some information on basement finishing that you might get some ideas on look at my sight in the sig and good luck.

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whether or not you like apronr stores, they do have decent libraries motivation's great but easily trump'd by skill, knowledge, & experience.
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Ready, get set, read: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...hterm=basement

Enjoy, and we will hear from you soon.... http://books.google.com/books?ei=8h0...G=Search+Books AND......... Welcome to the forum!
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Read, research & ask questions
Come up with a plan then post it & ask for constructive criticism
My basement will actually be my last project (I think)
I "just" want to insulate it & build a big closet to replace a big ugly shelving area
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First check with your local building department. Finishing a basement as a living space may require installation of an egress window or two. Not required in all jurisdictions but it is in many.
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Hameed,
Sounds like your first project.
You couldn't have picked a harder one to start with but I commend you for your courage. I have some information on basement finishing that you might get some ideas on look at my sight in the sig and good luck.
Thanks! I will definitely check out your website.

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whether or not you like apronr stores, they do have decent libraries motivation's great but easily trump'd by skill, knowledge, & experience.
Your point being what exactly? What you just said does absolutely nothing to help me.

I hate to point out the obvious but absolutely nothing you said was helpful.

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Thanks! Very useful links - I have started reading. It's also very exciting!

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Read, research & ask questions
Come up with a plan then post it & ask for constructive criticism
My basement will actually be my last project (I think)
I "just" want to insulate it & build a big closet to replace a big ugly shelving area
Good luck with your project!
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First check with your local building department. Finishing a basement as a living space may require installation of an egress window or two. Not required in all jurisdictions but it is in many.
It has 3 windows as noted in my original post. Thanks anyway.
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You said small windows.
Egress windows have to be large enough for someone to get out in case of fire.
Besides the books listed, also get a copy of local code requirements.
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The window issue is brought up specifically in case you will have a bedroom down there
In the US a larger window is required by code for a basement bedroom
I always thought the size required (even in the upper floors) was WAY more then needed
Then a firefighter pointed out the larger size is required so a firefighter in full gear can GET IN & rescue people

In any event local codes can vary & once you have a specifc plan run it by your building Dept for approval

IRC was pointing out that the Big Box stores have a lot of books that you can buy
I bought a simple wiring & framing book when I started years ago
Some of these books Do have errors in them

One of Basement projects biggest challenges is making sure that Mold will not grow
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Silvergs,

Here is the 2003 Code check for Canada, download it free and save:http://rapidlibrary.com/index.php?q=...code+of+canada

And this covers the updated code changes for 2006 in Canada: http://www.hpo.bc.ca/PDF/BuilderInsight/BI2.pdf

And the actual window sizes (not 20"x24") and 44" above finished floor: http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuild...s-windows.aspx The first reference covers all the window combinations (29) on page 19.
Be safe, Gary
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You said small windows.
Egress windows have to be large enough for someone to get out in case of fire.
Besides the books listed, also get a copy of local code requirements.
Thanks! We upgraded the windows from the standard size to double the height.


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The window issue is brought up specifically in case you will have a bedroom down there
In the US a larger window is required by code for a basement bedroom
I always thought the size required (even in the upper floors) was WAY more then needed
Then a firefighter pointed out the larger size is required so a firefighter in full gear can GET IN & rescue people

In any event local codes can vary & once you have a specifc plan run it by your building Dept for approval

IRC was pointing out that the Big Box stores have a lot of books that you can buy
I bought a simple wiring & framing book when I started years ago
Some of theses books Do have errors in them

One of Basement projects biggest challenges is making sure that Mold will not grow
Thanks for the clarification Scuba_Dave! The problem with the books so far is that I have not come across reviews that overwhelmingly favor one over the other. I guess what that means is that I need to buy/borrow a couple of them.

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Silvergs,

Here is the 2003 Code check for Canada, download it free and save:http://rapidlibrary.com/index.php?q=...code+of+canada

And this covers the updated code changes for 2006 in Canada: http://www.hpo.bc.ca/PDF/BuilderInsight/BI2.pdf

And the actual window sizes (not 20"x24") and 44" above finished floor: http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuild...s-windows.aspx The first reference covers all the window combinations (29) on page 19.
Be safe, Gary
Thanks for the links Gary! Very much appreciated!
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Then a firefighter pointed out the larger size is required so a firefighter in full gear can GET IN & rescue people
This is true. Nothing fun about having to take a full airpack off and push it in front of you through a confined space, especially in fire/smoke conditions.
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Here is the plan I drew up in Visio - it is to scale.

Any suggestions for a better layout? The two rooms that are directly in front of the stairs are not really rooms, but I drew in those walls to enclose the HVAC and the other is for a future washroom.
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Here are pictures I took of the basement.

I also bought the Roger German book - Remodelling a basement.
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More pictures of the basement
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