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Old 12-10-2010, 12:05 AM   #1
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So i have a thread about finishing a mudroom but ths is sort of seperate.


Basically i want to finish a room that used to be a porch but is already sided roofed etc. has water and elctric already.


The water lines keep freezing because it gets so cold. So I HAVE to do something.


If I can without foundation issues I will just talk with inspector and do it all on the up and up and gain sq footage but if i cant i still need to insulate and rock this room.

So the inspector has agreed to meet with me about general question at which point I should be able to determine if the foundation will go... Can i do this without giving him info??

I dont want problems if i cant do it legit.

Could i still insulate and rock it and just disclose that the room is not living space if i sell?


Like i said i gotta do something because frozen water lines to the washer does go to well.

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If it is a mudroom, or all-season room, and there are water pipes in there I would insulate the space, and if needed, use heat tape on the pipes when they meet the cool air. Worst thing to do, is to have a frozen pipe burst.

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If it is a mudroom, or all-season room, and there are water pipes in there I would insulate the space, and if needed, use heat tape on the pipes when they meet the cool air. Worst thing to do, is to have a frozen pipe burst.

Yeah i know i gotta do something just trying to figure out if i screw myself by talking with inspector if the foundation for the room is insufficient for living space
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Are you going to be using it to live in?
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Its just a 8x12 laundry room. not living in it per se....I have a thread about those issues though.......

really just trying to figure out how to handle the inspector without screwing myself
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Easy way, keep your mouth shut, do not divulge anything to give them more to chew on, and when they get done, read over the inspection report, or have a real contractor go over it to know what needs to be corrected before the reinspection if there is one.
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hes not coming out yet.......i am meeting at his office and he has no info on my address etc....just getting general ideas from him but want to make sure I can have this meeting without divulging info about myself and house..........guess i'll just go for it



would just hate to finish the room and have issue when I sell

being a mudroom could i just disclose it as not up to code if need be at sale time?
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Really can't tell you. Personally if it was me, I would find out if plumbing and electrical inspections are needed (in my town, a homeowner can pretty much do anything they want with their home, only need permits when it comes to building a new garage, adding onto a home (ie pouring foundation, raising walls and a roof), tearing down a home). Nothing is needed for doing your own electric, plumbing, or finishing off a space (ie change porch into conditioned space).

Only thing I can tell you is, your AHJ is the only ones that can tell you what and why you need a permit for.
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To meet the immediate needs to prevent your pipes from freezing I would suggest self-regulating heat cable (not tape) and those foam insulation sleeves. It is cheap insurance against freezing until you can closed this area in and insulate it properly.
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hes not coming out yet.......i am meeting at his office and he has no info on my address etc....just getting general ideas from him but want to make sure I can have this meeting without divulging info about myself and house..........guess i'll just go for it



would just hate to finish the room and have issue when I sell

being a mudroom could i just disclose it as not up to code if need be at sale time?
Lenders will have issue with buildings with code violations and areas without C of O's. As in not issuing a mortgage to the potential buyers.
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