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Old 04-10-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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A few year back I started a project to put a kitchen where a bedroom was in our daylight basement. For our situation, it was decided that kitchen would be much more useful. I will be using this thread to post photos in a chronological order, up to the current time.

Enjoy! Comments and questions welcome!

The primary goals:
-- Keep everything on a tight budget. Not a lot of money to spend.
-- Still wanted to do quality work.
-- Learn as I go! (Started out pretty green in all things construction related.)

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Original Bedroom Space

The only nice thing about this space was the fact that it had a window with natural light. The door there was not needed and soon to go away. The area has two other exits.

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Next came the demolition!!!!

My Brother-In Law helped me start knocking down walls. We also took out the door and put in a window. If I was to do it over, I would have got a larger window that better matched the other one. But since the overriding goal was budget and the second goal was time, we went forward with what sounded best at the time...
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To make the space larger, we took out the stairs going up stairs and moved the load bearing point. This opened up the space and made it much more usable...
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After getting the old beam mostly out of the way, we only had a little stub left to deal with. The complicated part was this old steel pipe for the hydronic heating system. This is where the project stalled out for a couple of months...
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Good progress photos.
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Thanks! I'm going to try to get some more photos loaded up soon....
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The next few months were on and off again, with some very busy and frustrating weekends and weekday evenings. You ever hit something so hard, that your break the hammer? I have.
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While I did a lot of work, I did not take as many photos as I wish I had... The toughest part was that damn steel pipe for the hydronic heating system. It was 1 & 1/2" steel pipe, originally installed in the early 1950's. Crusty, old, and rusty.
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The pipe needed to be cut to make room for the new, longer load bearing beam. The plan was to wait till a warm month, drain hydronic heating system, cut the 1.5 inch pipe out, install the new beam, then cut a new hole, re-install a new path for the hydronic heating, using a 1" oxygen barrier PEX pipe, and then get the hydronic heating system back online.

I did all of this in one weekend.

Even with all the best planning and safety protection, I still ended up damaging my eye. After using the grinder on the steel piping, I got a small steel shred in my eye. The doctor says it probably happened when I was taking my eye protection off. It probably fell from my hair into my eyes. Ouch! It's mostly better now, but sometimes I can still fell where it used to be.
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This photo shows the new beam, the new PEX piping for the hydronic system, and the soffit I started building. You can also see the LED lights I installed.
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Did I mention the existing ceilings were super low? Before the demolition, the ceilings were something like 6' 6". No joke. Another goal with this build, was to raise the ceiling as much as possible. I was able to raise the ceiling an additional 5 inches, which is huge when the ceilings are this low.
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Another photo around that time showing the West wall. This photo shows the new load bearing point on the exterior West wall, along with some of the new outlets. In total, I ran six new circuits for the electricity.

(January, 2014)
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I made up these plans just before I actually started running the electricity. The final results were a little different from this with about four additional feet between the sink and the refrigerator.
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Watch out! Here comes the South Wall! This wall had to be completely torn down and rebuilt from scratch as it was build with 2x4s turned sidways. It had thin 1970's wood paneling on each side. It was a very skinny wall!

The brand new wall taking shape... (Jan, 2014)
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