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Old 11-19-2017, 10:38 PM   #1
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Attached photos are rough picture, the numbers are very close but not very accurate.

I need to replace drop ceiling with regular ceiling, replace wood wall panel with drywall, install vinyl flooring on the concrete ground.

This is contractor suggestion, is there problem to tear down the wall? I mean is it bothering house structure? Can it support the weight after taking down the wall? Does the middle divided wall actually carry weight?

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It is not impossible with certain types of construction but you are right to be looking at this. Most times that will be a bearing wall.
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It is not impossible with certain types of construction but you are right to be looking at this. Most times that will be a bearing wall.
So you mean it is not good idea to tear down to wall?
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Have the contractor pull down some ceiling near the wall and have him explain how it going to work. And take pictures so we can agree or disagree with him.

2x10 floor joists seldom span more than 16 ft so I would expect to see them land on that wall from 2 directions. A single beam to replace that wall would be huge, and you would want an engineer to design that work. That would come with a set of plans with his stamp on it. Always demand to see those plans.
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Have the contractor pull down some ceiling near the wall and have him explain how it going to work. And take pictures so we can agree or disagree with him.

2x10 floor joists seldom span more than 16 ft so I would expect to see them land on that wall from 2 directions. A single beam to replace that wall would be huge, and you would want an engineer to design that work. That would come with a set of plans with his stamp on it. Always demand to see those plans.
It is hard to see, there is drop ceiling.

Exactly, I don't think there is wood whose length is more than 26'

I guess I need to keep the wall, correct?
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There are engineered joists that might span 26 ft but the still might be some need for the wall for the weight above.
So just a guess would be' it will be tricky to remove the wall.
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There are engineered joists that might span 26 ft but the still might be some need for the wall for the weight above.
So just a guess would be' it will be tricky to remove the wall.
If I go with this plan, is there enough room for small movie room?

What should I do with that water hole in the storage room? I will need to install vinyl flooring on storage room. Maybe I push the new wall in a little bit (make storage room smaller, make utility/laundry room bigger)?

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I would think you get it to work in 10 x 16
Here are some pictures of small ones
https://www.pinterest.ca/explore/small-home-theaters/
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I would think you get it to work in 10 x 16
Here are some pictures of small ones
https://www.pinterest.ca/explore/small-home-theaters/
Thanks. But the key point is: the interior wall should NOT be teared down, correct?

By the way, can I go with 22' by 10', can I put projector screen on the 16' wall? Actually, there is small window on the 16' wall. The window is below the ground level, something like the attached photo, and the actually window is much small than the attached photo.

What do you think? Any better design ideas?

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I m not an expert on theaters but i have seen a few in small spaces that seem to work.
I would think a black out curtain would work for a window in the room.
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I m not an expert on theaters but i have seen a few in small spaces that seem to work.
I would think a black out curtain would work for a window in the room.
Actually, I am asking the whole basement layout resign. I keep the interior wall. Is there better design option than the green photo?

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I would be looking for a washroom maybe part of the laundry room as the plumbing must be there.
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I would be looking for a washroom maybe part of the laundry room as the plumbing must be there.
Is it cost a lot to add a washroom? It is split level house, look at the staircase, only 5 steps, walk up and make a right turn, the bathroom is right by the hallway. I am actually thinking about working some small wood projects in the utility/laundry room.
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To much sawdust for wood work in a finished basement.
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Actually, I am wrong, contractor is right. There is black metal pole, which bears weight, not really interior wall.

Now I kinda tend to go with contractor's proposal. Is it normal to have the whole basement as one unit (no interior wall)? What are common basement layouts?
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