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Old 03-26-2017, 05:36 PM   #1
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Strange basement walls


So I am getting started with remodeling my basement and have always wondered why in the basement under the front and rear outside step there are bump outs? It is a 1950's rambler in the Midwest. If any one has any clue what it was used for or what they are using it for currently in a finished basement post away! Pic for details
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:46 PM   #2
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I believe what you are referring to as a bump out is just the foundation going out, across, and back in to provide solid support for the steps or landing area. As long as they are not a water problem they are great as they also strengthen the wall.

As for use, that would fall back on your imagination or as you asked suggestions here.

What is your climate region?
Is the foundation dry?
How do you want to finish the inside?

One of those hidden doors where you can hide your safe.

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Very cold climate ND weather! But I do like the hidden room idea for a safe I've seen cool hinges for bookshelfs to become a door. Thanks for the advice!
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In 1950, possibly coal storage
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:01 PM   #5
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------------------------------Welcome to the forums!---------------------------

Be sure to add some air movement in that cubby against mold... ask your local AHJ about the bump-out, probably more familiar with the local practices than I am from here. Do you have higher headroom than the 7' as pictured? Might want to ask locally what is required to finish the basement with a quick call/internet requirements.

Here are your energy requirements per Code, Table on pp. 9/13; https://www.energycodes.gov/sites/de...ectiveness.pdf

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17,000 dryer fires a year, when did you last clean the inside of the dryer near motor or the exhaust ducting?
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Rigid insulation on the walls and maybe a tiny source of heat, or air flow to be sure there is no condensation. We inherited a bunch of cut crystal and asked our insurance co if it would be covered and NO, needed an appraisal and a rider and the cost was outrageous. Much easier to secure it within the home than to pay the insurance. Since gone in case anyone who shouldn't be reading is reading.

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Coal bunker! We have a lot of those in Fairbanks where 40 to 50 below is not uncommon.
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Coal Rooms are a chore to clean up but it looks like you are past that point.
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looks strange. good luck
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Bud has it right, foundation for porch landing.
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We don't often see porches with a good foundation that lasts 70 years.
Quality build.
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I had a door on mine, used it for storing summers bounty of canning.
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Added support and storage. I take all the extra space I can get
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That's where the previous owner put the bodies
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