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Old Dec 06, 2010, 01:33 PM
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Basement remodel nearly done... whew!

Glad to report that my basement remodel is nearly complete... I've been so RC-deprived these last few months. All that's left is to add closet doors and tile the bathrooms. I see light at the end of the tunnel.
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Old Dec 06, 2010, 03:23 PM
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wow wish mine looked like that i don't even have vertical walls(the house was built in 1910) nice job withthe staircase do you have a way to get the planes directly outside?
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 11:33 PM
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looks like a fun project...always nice to have it complete. Looks really good too.
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 11:22 AM
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Great! magic! good work!
you should have put the before pic. first next to final one!
It's impressive...

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Old Dec 15, 2010, 11:37 AM
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Drywall is heavy. I much prefer working at about 1/8 scale.
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 11:43 AM
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LOL, me too sometime 1/72 is enough!
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 12:01 PM
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There you go, I added a "before" picture. Not much to look at -- just an empty 1920's basement. We dug the floor down 10" and put in new everything. The only thing we didn't replace was the water heater.
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 12:04 PM
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wow wow wow wow you did a great job
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Hello, Warhead!

Having spent the last 40 years of my life in one state of home improvement or another, I have to compliment you on your basement renovation. I just don't think that the average homeowner (or RCGroups member) truly understands what digging an additional 10 inches below the existing basement floor really means. Your detailing is very nice; especially, the winders and manner in which you installed the wainscotings. That's truly a job to be proud of. Congratulations!

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Old Feb 15, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Thanks Chris,

Yeah, it was a big job. Digging the floor meant we also had to replace all of the posts down the center of the floor... the posts just weren't long enough and the old footings had to be dug out and replaced. The stairs with winders were a first for me... but they are rock-solid, probably a bit over-engineered. The board & batten wainscoting was a necessary evil: the new floor was poured inside the outer-wall footings, as opposed to sitting on top of the footings. That left a 8"-10" step all around the perimeter that protruded about 6" from the walls. Instead of having a low step to trip over, I built up the half-wall to the height of the window sills, so now we have a ledge around the room where we can display things.

Some older photos here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1304168
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 05:48 PM
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Hello again , Warhead!

Went and looked at the older photos. When you mentioned in your earlier post that you had to drop the floor nearly a foot, my immediate thought was uh-oh, someone's going to be temporarily supporting the house while they replace the columns, and dig new footings. Was ten inches (plus base and new slab) enough to get you into the plumbing? If you installed new plumbing lines (for the washer-dryer) it's probably a mute question. Nice work on the trussed soffit and combining runs. Leaving the underside of the stairway open was a nice detail also. I'll stop now before I irritate you with too much praise.

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