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Basement remodel
show user profile  npcph
I know this isn't technically a WIP, but I thought it could go here.

So i haven't had much time to do any modeling but i do have a wip. I decided that having an 8 & 9 year old with only 1 bathroom and a small living room was a pain in the a$$ so i decided to finish my basement. Our basement had to have a wall replaced in late 2010 because it was cracked and leaking. so here are some before pictures and during picture of the whole basement wall replacement. for some reason, there are no pics of the new wall on my phone so i have to check my old phone. I'll put them up later.

One side of the basement where the wall needed to be replaced. you can see the crack under the window on the right wall. it's the grey line running the length of the wall.

This is the old bathroom on the other side of the basement (the sides are separated by a block wall). It was really nasty and not useable at all. This is after i removed the block wall and before i cleaned the walls off and painted them.

Here are some of the pictures during the wall replacement.

Here is what i am planning in the basement.

There are 2 sides so on right side with the steps, you will walk down into the family room. The room right next to the steps is going to be a small movie room. I found some used theater seats from a theater that went out of business. So I will put in 3 rows of 4 seats and put in a projector for movies. I am insulating the walls for sound as well. I am going to paint the wall with special paint that is made for projecting movies on. I saw it online and it is supposed to enhance the colors. On the opposite side of the theater rooms wall, there will be a small kitchenette with the old fridge from my kitchen that i remodeled last year and some cabinets. On the other end of the family room, i had to put in a small closet to enclose the upstairs water pipes and drains. Next to it on the wall with the windows, i am going to build a full wall built in tv / book case / entertainment center.
theater room

On the opposite side, the small room on the right side is going to be a laundry room.

On the left is the new bathroom. I am putting in an all hand layed tile shower and a high pressure toilet to handle pretty much anything that is dropped down into it.

The big space will have counters all along the walls in the middle. I am going to put a wall sectioning off another area, for my weight room, but that is later. The area is going to be a crafting area for the wife, and project area for the kids.

I have been working on it evening for about a month on rainy days. I have about 25 hours in so far and this is my progress.

So far, i have almost everything studded out except for a couple of studs in the bathroom closet. I used steel studs just in case there is a little moisture in the basement. All the electrical is run through conduit and is using 7 breakers total. I covered all of the walls with 1/2" foam insulation. I will have recessed lights throughout the entire basement. Because the ceiling is only 7', i can not have any hanging lights. I also can not do a drop ceiling. so i have 1" furring strips over the entire ceiling from an old ceiling that was down there a long time ago. So i bought 2x4 acoustical tiles and will attach them directly to the rafters. I will wire the entire place for internet connections and cable.

I hope to be able to finish everything this weekend and be putting up drywall on Tuesday night.

I'll post updates as the happen.

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8/16/2012 11:58:59 PM (last edit: 8/17/2012 12:01:02 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Before reading anything I saw your preview renders and thought 'Hey, nice donjon! Where's The Gimp's chest?'

Interesting project. I enjoy those threads. Keep posting your progress :)

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8/17/2012 2:02:07 AM (last edit: 8/17/2012 2:09:45 AM)
show user profile  gogodr
well, this is as 3D as it gets.

Hello there

beautiful ;3

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8/17/2012 3:25:02 AM (last edit: 8/17/2012 3:25:02 AM)
show user profile  GirishDJoshi
Very interesting. Should look awesome.

3D ArchVis


Girish Joshi Photography

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8/17/2012 5:41:19 AM (last edit: 8/17/2012 5:41:19 AM)
show user profile  npcph
Finally had some time to work on the basement. Had a "Oh-$hit" moment though while doing the plumbing. Shut off the main water to the house and started to put in the new lines. I always dry fit everything to make sure it fits properly. I'm switching things to CPVC (plastic pipes) instead of copper. With CPVP you have to clean each connection with purple acetone and then glue the connection. So i had everything glued, and waited about 20 minutes to make sure the connections were solid before i turned the water on. I turned the water on and everything was fine. Suddenly as i walked away from the water main, i hear a whoosh sound and it starts pouring water everywhere. i run and turn off the water, but not before everything is soaked. there was 1 connection that i missed gluing. i had cleaned it with the purple cleaner but never glued it. So now i have to spend 45 minutes cleaning everything. Not a huge problem, but a PITA anyways.

the aftermath. hurricane Phil

the missed connection

And to top it off, i hurried to fix the connection and forgot to close the purple cleaner. as i moved the light out of the water, it dumped the cleaner on the floor. Not a big deal because its cheap, but still a pain. And it's a closed area, so after about 10 minutes of it being on the floor i was starting to get a little light headed and dizzy. No more sniffing acetone, i guess I'll have to stick to model glue.

Anyways, i was able to get 99% done with the studs, plumbing and about 75% done with electrical.

New wall

Drain closet

Framed out steps

framed out laundry room

bathroom plumbing

shower framed out

framed out wall with windows

My goal is to have the electrical done tonight. I also have to pour some cement on the bathroom floor to level it. Once those are done, i am pretty much ready to drywall. I hope to be able to drywall on Thursday.

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8/20/2012 2:38:27 PM (last edit: 8/20/2012 2:38:27 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Finally have some time to update my basement wip. Almost done. Just have to do the pergo floor and the ceiling. The bathroom shower isn’t done yet, that was put off for a while. Then I just have finish work.

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12/27/2012 5:56:42 AM (last edit: 12/27/2012 5:56:42 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
so basically you're turning that dump into a private prison?

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12/27/2012 7:09:46 AM (last edit: 12/27/2012 7:09:46 AM)
show user profile  npcph
yep, the opening in the bathroom is where i plan to make my escape

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12/27/2012 3:50:23 PM (last edit: 12/27/2012 3:50:23 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Nice surfacing :)
Is there any air down there?

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12/27/2012 5:05:33 PM (last edit: 12/27/2012 5:05:33 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Yep. the furnace is in the basement, so i have one vent right in the side of the main trunk and on the other side, there are 2 drops. Keeps it pretty warm. But we are going to get a small baseboard heater for the bathroom and a TV stand / electric fireplace for the other side. To just keep it more comfortable. During the summer, the basement normally stays pretty cool so no reason to run ac in it.

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12/27/2012 5:42:31 PM (last edit: 12/27/2012 5:42:31 PM)
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