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Old 11-15-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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After a few months of one-hour-per-night and weekend labor, the basement family room has been transformed. When we started it was full of 60's wood paneling and had a wood burning stove. The utility room adjascent was huge and the family room was about 12 x 22. The effective size was more like 12x16 due to the wood burning stove. The project was to move the partition wall between the family room and utility room back 4.5 feet and get rid of the wood burner. Making the family room 16.5 x 22. We ended up with a complete remodel including restuding the walls which were originally studed 2x3 on the EXTERIOR walls. Anyway, lots of you on here have been a big help to me and whereas really I had never attempted anything remotely of this caliber before. The end result exceeded my expectations.

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Wowzers! I hope my basement turns out that nice!
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Wow! How very very nice.
Hope mine will be as nice. You did it so fast (only a few months).

....one year for me and still going..........


I'd miss that wood panelling. Are you sure you did the right thing?

I agree with you about Atlantic.

(I'd hire him without any references. Even without seeing his face.)
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Can I ask what is behind that cupboard on the wall behine the vase?

(Electrical panel?)
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Can I ask what is behind that cupboard on the wall behine the vase?

(Electrical panel?)
Yup, you guessed it. That's the service panel.

You've hit the one year mark huh? Well you are doing a larger area than me and Am I mistaken or didn't you hand screw a bunch of the work?? I do think I did a fair amount of work in fairly good time when you factor in that I had to learn much of what I was doing as I went along. I rebuilt the entire ledge, the soffits, reran all the electrical and HVAC. Reinsulated everything, redid the suspended ceiling, built the two built in shelves, all the molding work, drywall and mudding, paint... really everything.
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Yup, you guessed it. That's the service panel.

You've hit the one year mark huh? Well you are doing a larger area than me and Am I mistaken or didn't you hand screw a bunch of the work?? I do think I did a fair amount of work in fairly good time when you factor in that I had to learn much of what I was doing as I went along. I rebuilt the entire ledge, the soffits, reran all the electrical and HVAC. Reinsulated everything, redid the suspended ceiling, built the two built in shelves, all the molding work, drywall and mudding, paint... really everything.
The basement is approx. 900 square feet. in total.
2 rooms.

I have done all the framing, (screwed in by hand) (yes I am crazy).
All the vapor barrier, little electrical work. Insulation. Soffits.

Also, I did not work on it from June to October at all.
But right now, I am drywalling. I have already done the small room ceiling.
And boy do I have a lot of taping to do.

But hopefully, one day soon............ I'll be done.
By the way, (don't tell anyone, but I am also screwing in the drywall by hand).

(Pilot hole, then take out my nice little screw driver and put the screw in.
I just love it when I can sink it just perfectly.)

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I may have asked this before, but what is the reason for all the manual labor??
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Reason for all the manual labour, is that I have no time pressure, and I don't want to buy more tools which I don't think I will use again.

(I like doing things the hard way )
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Hi yummy mummy

I got the chance to look at the pictures of your project. You did a beautiful job. I am glad that we got the chance to be a part of your project. Good luck on your future projects.

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Thanks carrierman.

Glad to see you back here.
I'm slowly coming along with my project.
I have received a tremendous amount of help here on this forum.

Hope everything is well with you.
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Looks Great!!
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Looks Great!!
Thanks. It doesn't feel right to be done though. I feel strange relaxing at night.

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