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Old 11-20-2017, 09:48 AM   #16
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Re: Basement Finish


I am not sure if it is common to have open space basement, as the red photo suggested by contractor.

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As long as you don't remove the post or posts you can open it all up.
You can raise the ceiling but you will still have drops to hide the havc ducts.
The normal is the have a wall beside those drops as having drops thru the middle of the room looks dumb. When we have that we are more apt to drop the whole ceiling.
But all that sound like what you have now. There are no standard layouts.
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As long as you don't remove the post or posts you can open it all up.
You can raise the ceiling but you will still have drops to hide the havc ducts.
The normal is the have a wall beside those drops as having drops thru the middle of the room looks dumb. When we have that we are more apt to drop the whole ceiling.
But all that sound like what you have now. There are no standard layouts.
Thanks for the comment, yes, there will be drops to hide HVAC/black metal cuboid. I understand there are no standard layouts, but I am concerning if I go with an unpopular layout, it will affect sale value in the future.

If I go with green photo (my own design, not removing wall, adding a wall for storage room), how to take care of floor drain (which will stay inside storage room)?

Green photo: I look at basement over again, I think the storage wall will be right ON the floor drain, maybe I should push the wall to the left a little bit (make storage room a little smaller, keep floor drain in utility/laundry room)?

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Try this. Extend the wall with door all the way across.
Make a short hall way at the bottom of the stairs with a doors on the left into utility room and theater. Door at the end of the hall to store room on right and if you divide that room on the right into two room another door on the right.
Part of the far end of the utility room can be used for a sound room, all the electronic gear for the theater.

If you plan on wood working down there later, close heat and return ducts in the room and put a sweep on the door to control dust. Need another heat source.
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Our newer houses only have a drain near the water tank to catch a problem with the tank. The drain is hooked to sewer withe a dribble valve that adds water to the trap. I would not worry about the drain for the utility room and leave the drain where it is. I am thinking the theater would work best in that corner.
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Try this. Extend the wall with door all the way across.
Make a short hall way at the bottom of the stairs with a doors on the left into utility room and theater. Door at the end of the hall to store room on right and if you divide that room on the right into two room another door on the right.
Part of the far end of the utility room can be used for a sound room, all the electronic gear for the theater.

If you plan on wood working down there later, close heat and return ducts in the room and put a sweep on the door to control dust. Need another heat source.
Do you mean like this attached photo? I have issue with it, I don't want to have movie room(or maybe entertainment room in the future) becoming smaller. It is waste to have big storage room.
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The normal is the have a wall beside those drops as having drops thru the middle of the room looks dumb.
Actually, if goes with red photo (contractor's proposal), there is only 15 feet length of drops, is it something tolerable?
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Well you might want to consider the fit finish and furniture for the theater. The bigger it gets the more expensive to finish. You would not want that to look like a big empty room with a bit of nice.. I would make the utility room a little wider so you had two doors off the hallway.
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Actually, if goes with red photo (contractor's proposal), there is only 15 feet length of drops, is it something tolerable?
Some people seem not to care about the drops and other people go nuts with design around the room to make it all look balanced.
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Some people seem not to care about the drops and other people go nuts with design around the room to make it all look balanced.
It is unlikely not to have drop, for my case, even if there is no HVAC ducts, there will still be drop for black metal cuboid to support weight. For other basements, if it is open space, there should be something in the middle to support the weight, correct?

In my case, the drop is too obvious, since the drop covers HVAC ducts too.
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Let me ask this way: if I remove interior wall, if in a few years the house is on the market for sale, and if potential buyer does not like the layout, how much will it cost to add the wall back there?

Is it easy to add a wall in the future and revert back to current layout?
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Let me ask this way: if I remove interior wall, if in a few years the house is on the market for sale, and if potential buyer does not like the layout, how much will it cost to add the wall back there?

Is it easy to add a wall in the future and revert back to current layout?
Adding and moving interior walls is not a big deal and the way things are today when everyone wants to remove walls, I doubt not much of what you do will diminish the value. Even for that what people need, just like yourself is information on what is there. So leaving drawings and pictures for potential buyers can be helpful for others to see if their plan will work.

Mostly what you want is for your design to make some sense. Room sizes that will work for office space or something,Outlets ever 12 ft and light switches in the right location to the doors. If you don't have big enough windows don't put in what would look like bedroom closets.
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Adding and moving interior walls is not a big deal and the way things are today when everyone wants to remove walls, I doubt not much of what you do will diminish the value. Even for that what people need, just like yourself is information on what is there. So leaving drawings and pictures for potential buyers can be helpful for others to see if their plan will work.

Mostly what you want is for your design to make some sense. Room sizes that will work for office space or something,Outlets ever 12 ft and light switches in the right location to the doors. If you don't have big enough windows don't put in what would look like bedroom closets.
Thanks. I am trying hard to convincing myself to accept contractor's proposal to remove interior wall. Actually, I have never thought of such plan before he told me so.
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Where to put dryer/washer/sink in utility/laundry room? Sink in the corner or middle against wall?

Thanks.
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Don't forget to include the post in the drawing, uou won't be removing it.
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