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Old 10-22-2015, 10:30 PM   #1
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Unfinishing part of basement and bathroom


Hi,

I have a finished basement with 3/4 bathroom. I am trying to turn what was a bedroom, closet, bathroom, and hallway into a workshop. I will be removing partition walls and ceiling drywall that were all framed with metal studs, and I will hire someone to remove the one load-bearing wall. I have no need for a shower, but I would like to keep the working toilet and maybe replace the vanity with a utility sink.

Everything seems to require permits with inspections, so I was hoping someone could tell me if I can have a toilet and sink that are technically now in one large unfinished space shared with a bunch of power tools. If there are any code violations with this idea, could someone point me to them?

I'm capable of doing most of this work myself, but I don't know and/or understand all of the different code requirements. And I know they vary by location. I am in unincorporated Alpharetta, Forsyth county GA.

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I would leave the bathroom alone and enclosed. If you ever sell it will be an asset instead of a liability . An open toilet is not something real attractive. If you don't touch the bathroom or load bearing wall you don't need a permit for demolition work . If you remove the load bearing wall please engage a structural engineer to design the required support system to replace it. Perhaps some of the excellent plumbers on this site can guide you as to the best way to add your utility sink.
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Thanks for your reply. However, leaving the bathroom enclosed is not an option because I need the full length of those combined rooms. I've stripped the walls down to the studs so far. I'm not at all concerned with the attractiveness or resale appeal of the bathroom at this point. I'm new to the house, plan to be here for many years, and I can always rebuild the walls in the future if I get ready to sell. I won't do anything "structural" without involving the professionals. I would just prefer to keep the use of a toilet and sink down there for convenience. There will still be finished space adjacent to this area.

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