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Old 01-10-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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My wife and I bought our house a year and a half ago. A nice ranch house with an unfinished basement. I told her that I would finish it and so here goes nothing.

The plan (HERE) includes a large TV room, a bedroom, a bathroom, some storage, and a workout/activity room. Our goal in making this space is to build a place that a couple or small family could live in the space if there was an emergency but also to make a very comfortable retreat for my wife and I can enjoy.

My wife has great taste in finishings and I hope that her and I can come to terms with saying no to some things that are not going to be in our budget.






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Old 01-10-2011, 08:23 AM   #2
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After my first weekend of putting up foam board. It may just be that wonderful blue color, but it already feels warmer down here. Just a few degrees more and it will be warm enough for my wife to help me a bit.






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Wow, that is going to be a nice project, that is a lot of room. That will add to the value of your home for sure.
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Oh yeah I could see a nice T.V area with a (3) pc bathroom, bedroom and office area coming to life and still have room for storage.
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Man, I'm jealous.... I hate crawl spaces.... although if we had that much free space, the wife would fill it up with 'stuff' pretty fast anyways, so maybe I should just shut up and be happy?

Great job though!

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I'm looking forward to watching your progress ojc. We finished half of our basement in 2004 and we love it.

I wish I had known about the blue foam board though. I would have put it on the walls and floor.

Are you going to have a door to access the space under the stairs?

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Boy, some guys have all the luck...pretty nice space to play with.

Can I ask you a question about your ceiling joists?

Do you know what the span is? I'm guessing 12 - 14 feet maybe?
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I'm looking forward to watching your progress ojc. We finished half of our basement in 2004 and we love it.

I wish I had known about the blue foam board though. I would have put it on the walls and floor.

Are you going to have a door to access the space under the stairs?

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Yes. I plan on putting some of my various computing / networking devices in there.

As for the foam board....I just hope it helps keep the space warm. I am pretty sure my wife is cold blooded, so any thing to keep that girl warm....is a must!

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Boy, some guys have all the luck...pretty nice space to play with.

Can I ask you a question about your ceiling joists?

Do you know what the span is? I'm guessing 12 - 14 feet maybe?
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In the first picture of the post, the joists nearest the camera are about 13'6" and the 12 or 15 joists farthest away from the cameara are pushing 18' (the 18' boards extend over the basement walls to provide support for a pushout on the main floor.

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Thanks...

Is there any bridging or solid blocking in the center of the span?
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Is there any bridging or solid blocking in the center of the span?
I am pretty sure that it is wide open, but I have slept since the last time I was down there.
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Do you plan on insulating the floor? What about floor heat? I have it and love it. If your feet are warm then that's 90% of the battle. I waiting for more progress pic's. dorf dude...
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I am pretty sure that it is wide open, but I have slept since the last time I was down there.
Let us know next time you're down there.

Thanks.
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I like the "eyebrows" smiley in your sig.... Nathan should find that and add it here. Po)

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Let us know next time you're down there.

Thanks.
In the ~13' span, there is no blocking or extra boards.



In the longer spans, the builder doubled up boards every 5th board.




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