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benleef 02-07-2013 08:08 PM

Basement Bath Remodel
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Hello all, I've decided to do a much needed remodel to my basement bathroom. The bathroom was vented out of the side wall. I tried to change that with an AAV, but that didn't work too well so I decided to do it right. In the past couple of weeks I've got it mostly gutted and have started to break up the concrete to fix the pipes and add a proper vent. I haven't quite decided how/where I'm going to run the vent, but I'll probably end up building a chase alongside my chimney that runs in the middle of my kitchen. I'll also take this opportunity to make the bathroom a little bigger.

benleef 02-07-2013 08:17 PM

Sorry the pictures are out of order but from now on I'll get them in order.

benleef 02-07-2013 08:21 PM

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Here are my rough plans--

benleef 02-11-2013 12:05 PM

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Finished up most of the demo this weekend and got the area cleaned up. Also went and bought supplies to start framing.

I'm using 1" XPS foam glued to foundation with PL300, tyvek tape on the seams. (I know I should probably go with 1.5"-2" but I'm trying to cost cut and save space and the previous fiberglass against the foundation didn't seem to suffer from too much moisture). I will then frame the wall 3/4" away from the foam (on my wet wall at least so that I can fit drain/vents and supply pipes). I may add wood braces screwed into foam and concrete if I feel it needs the support.

Pressure treated 2x4 sill plate with sill insulation tapconed into the floor.

Once I get the walls framed out my plumber friend is going to come help me plumb it all up. I'm going to price out the cost between copper and pex and make that decision.

rebelranger 02-12-2013 12:08 AM

Why remodeling? Just the wall insulation is going to be nice. What are you doing for the floor? In floor heating? How hard was it to break up your concrete, what tool did you use? What are you doing for venting? What is the ceiling height?

Sorry for 20 questions?

benleef 02-12-2013 08:29 AM

Thanks for the interest. Remodeling because was vented through side wall of house and exited right below where I plan to put a door upstairs so I needed to move the pipe. One thing led to another and I was tearing down walls.

I broke up the cement with a hammer and sledge. Where it was previously filled in it was only around 2" thick and came out very easily. I'm running into a bit of an issue with breaking out previously undisturbed concrete and need to get close to the wall in some spaces and it is making me nervous. May need to use chipping hammer or hammer drill and trying to determine how close I can get to the wall without messing anything up.

Venting is going to be run alongside my chiminea chase. Ill build it out 2 3/4. Once i get through the first floor it's smooth sailing as second floor is inside closet.

Flooring I plan to patch the hole, then maybe use self leveling cement on entire floor then screw 1/4 cement board to the floor and tile on top. The basement is pretty warm as is, but I may do in floor heating--I'm just nervous that adds another $300 to the cost but I may regret it if I don't do it.

Ceiling height is horrible. Finished height will be about 6'4"

rebelranger 02-12-2013 10:24 AM

Yikes, yes 6'4" is to short to be considered living space. What else are you doing with the basement? If you can't include it as living space but plan on selling one day, I wouldn't do anything more than the bare minimum because you may have to demo everything just to pass a home inspection.

benleef 02-12-2013 11:01 AM

Yes, all the houses in my neighborhood have low ceiling basements--consequence of being built in the 1920s. There was an existing bathroom (without a CO) in the basement when we purchased and it wasn't really an issue. I do know that some people in the neighborhood have legalized bathrooms in the basement despite the low ceiling height.

That is mainly why I'm trying to finish this on the cheap--it is a basement bath, but we do use it often because it is right below the kitchen and there is no main floor bath (someday hopefully!).

The rest of the basement is just laundry, utilities and storage. There is a small space that we will eventually "finish" on-the-cheap for some extra space/storage/kids can run around.

We really do not plan on moving any time in the foreseeable future...

benleef 03-11-2013 08:42 AM

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Got some progress done. All of the outside wall framing is done. I still have to fur out part of one of the walls once my shower pan is delivered so that I can get the exact measurements. I started running a 15 Amp lighting circuit that will power lights in the bathroom, lights in closet next to bathroom and a few lights in the laundry area of the basement. I'm also going to tap into this circuit for an outside light.

I'm also going to run a 20 Amp circuit that will supply the vanity outlet and the shower fan/light combo (gfci protected).

I still have plenty to do...but looking forward to getting the plumbing run soon.

benleef 03-25-2013 08:50 AM

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Got some more progress!

Got the drain and vent pipes installed. Filled in the concrete.

Next up: Supply plumbing, fur out one side of shower wall, run vent pipe up through chase to attic, install shower vent.....

Sephora 03-25-2013 11:36 AM

Wow..that is a lot of work! What you didn't like the wood paneling? LOL

Nice job from how it looks so far.

benleef 03-25-2013 11:52 AM

Thank you. It is a ton of work; much more than I anticipated.

I didn't like the wood paneling! One thing led to another and I found myself demoing it one day. I'm glad I did because there was some mold and rot issues with the shower.

hammerlane 03-25-2013 12:12 PM

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just wondering about you vents for the toilet and shower. Who did the rough-in?

benleef 03-25-2013 12:34 PM

A friend of mine who is a union plumber did the rough-in. He was explaining the rolling to me so I'm sure he definitely did it correctly. Do they not look rolled enough? I'd assume that is difficult to tell from a picture at this angle.

hammerlane 03-25-2013 01:02 PM

They are rolled somewhat. How much is hard to tell. The shower takeoff looks more so than the toilet since the toilet vent has a street-90 out of the tap of that Tee.

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