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brockmiera 10-12-2012 10:36 AM

My First Basement Remodel!!!
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Well I want to start this because I like having the input of other people. Here is some background.

The house is a brick ranch built in 1961. The basement was framed (loosely termed) There is a center load bearing wall running the length of the house. Two bedrooms at the back and one bathroom.

The plan is to make the bathroom a little bigger / keep 1 bedroom as a bedroom / the other bedroom as an office/craft room for my lady. Open up the rest for bar / living room. Also have a small framed laundry room.

I hope to have it all done by March 2013.

I'll throw up some pictures along the way. I've started demo on the bathroom and adjacent bedroom closet to make the bathroom bigger. Tile glued to the concrete. Yay!!! What fun to demo that.

brockmiera 10-12-2012 02:36 PM

Well I got half of the tiles off of the concrete wall last night and should have the rest off tonight or tomorrow morning. My goal would be to have the demo complete by the end of the weekend. We'll see how that works out. More pics to come tomorrow.

brockmiera 10-17-2012 12:30 PM

Well whoever decided it was better to dump gallons of glue down to concrete instead of using tack strips can suck it. I spent the entire night on my hands and knees pulling up the glued down pad. This after having a discussion with the boss about whether or not to get a permit / install egress / ///. I guess there are always going to be surprises. So it looks like it will be back to finishing up the bathroom demo this week. I'm extremely nervous to find out how the shower pan was constructed. It has a huge slope to it that needs to be corrected. Who knows what I'll find down there. If the rest of this place is any indication, I dont think it will be good and I'm sure it will be more work than what I was hoping for. Wish me luck!

brockmiera 10-18-2012 11:09 AM

So I took some more pictures last night. Here is my progress since my last update.

I did get all of the carpet up from what will be the spare bedroom
I am still working on that carpet pad from hell!
I moved the light switch from the old bedroom/bathroom wall so it was out of the way for new framing
I demo'd the tile off of the sloped concrete shower pan
I realized that the arched water stop was actually poured concrete with rebar. Hey why not. I'm sure that it was going to be subjected to some amazing shear forces. Ah #5 rebar will keep it intact. Come on man!!!

So I assume that someone took out the flat concrete in the shower area to create the sloped concrete shower pan. My question would be, If you are going to go thru all that work to open up the floor why wouldn't you put in a damn P trap??? Is that normal?

I guess add jack hammer rental to the list.

brockmiera 10-18-2012 11:12 AM

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Here are some more pictures

brockmiera 10-19-2012 12:03 PM

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This is more demo progress on the bathroom. I'm gonna tear up that shower pad and replace the p trap and riser this weekend. Wish me luck!

Please feel free to comment or ask questions. I'm sure I'm overlooking something.

JasonSm 11-03-2012 12:41 PM

Wow! It looks like you have quite the project and are well on your way! Is this an underground basement or a walkout?

With the house being built in 1961, what type of heating / air do you have? Are you going to be re-routing a lot of duct-work around for this project?



brockmiera 11-04-2012 09:10 AM


Originally Posted by JasonSm
Wow! It looks like you have quite the project and are well on your way! Is this an underground basement or a walkout?

With the house being built in 1961, what type of heating / air do you have? Are you going to be re-routing a lot of duct-work around for this project?



This basement is all in ground. We have a gas furnace and forced air. No duct work needs to be moved / added. The nice part is that it was really set up well even though everything had been torn out except that bathroom.

All of the heating registers are high in the wall. If I do anything Id extend the run down the wall so the heat is coming out closer to the floor. What are your thoughts?

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JasonSm 11-05-2012 10:51 PM

I like the idea of running the ducts down the walls to be closer to the floor, but I don't know if that will have an impact on the airflow balance. I wouldn't think it would be too drastic.

brockmiera 11-20-2012 04:54 PM

Well my remodeling has been sidetracked lately by a small pinhole in my main supply pipe and by needing to get the yards ready for winter.

I am happy to say that the small pinhole has afforded me the opportunity to teach my self how to sweat copper pipes, and how to install a pressure reducer. 17 joints and not one leak. that my friends suprised the heck out of me.

Anyway after the Turkey day holiday I will get back to demo on the shower pan and installing a new drain.

We've decided to do a tub instead of a shower base so I will need to move the drain a little further to the wall so I can install the tub drain assembly. it should work fine though.

I'll keep you updated on my progress and thanks for checking in. Any thoughts or suggestions are very encouraged.

brockmiera 12-11-2012 12:10 PM

Demo Demo Demo. This glue and thinset that the previous owner used to put the tiles on the wall and the carpet to the basement has really caused my some time delays. I'm working thru it though as time permits. I'll get some more pictures up soon.

brockmiera 01-21-2013 01:57 PM

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Here are a couple more pictures of the progress. We've managed to get all the carpet and pad up from the half of the basement we will be finishing first. I've also managed to put a nice hole in the concrete so I can replace my shower drain pipe and re-position it according to the size shower pan I'm using.

brockmiera 01-22-2013 11:14 AM

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Here are a couple more pics for you folks.

brockmiera 02-06-2013 10:01 AM

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Here are some more updated pictures. Im finally getting some new framing done. This is going to be the new closet door in the basement downstairs.

rebelranger 02-06-2013 08:21 PM

Can you post a paint sketch of the dimensions and design of your basement? I can't really tell exactly what your plan is from these pictures. As for that closet door, is that wall load bearing? It looks like it may be helping support the floor joists as they continue. Are you going to remove the blocks along the floor?

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