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Basement Remodeling

Remodeling a basement can be a daunting task. You look at your basement now and see cement walls, red support posts, what looks like miles of ductwork and pipes of various sizes and materials. Don't let it overwhelm you. All of these issues can be dealt with, ultimately creating a beautiful living space. Over the years I have utilized a few methods to address many of the things you are faced with and offer some of them here.


The Essentials

Access to such things as furnace, water pipes, sewage pipes, electrical junction boxes and sump pump is required. Support posts in the basement are essential to the structural integrity of the home and cannot be removed. How do you work around these? Here are some thoughts:

  • Upgrade your sump pump. A battery backup model is strongly recommended if the basement is finished or if you travel.  
  • Support poles can be boxed in with drywall. When applicable, I prefer pole treatments that imitate a wooden column.
  • An unfinished portion of your basement can include the furnace and utility room. If you want a door to close off the room, the size of the door needs to be wide enough to accommodate removing and replacing the furnace and or the water heater. It should also be louvered so the furnace has the proper ventilation.

Potential Problems

  • Foundation floors and walls are not straight or level. Walls can lean in or out. Floors are often sloped to allow drainage in case of flooding.
Many people desire a finished plaster ceiling. Access to wiring or plumbing is required if the electrical wiring has junction boxes or there are water shut-off valves between the rafters. A four inch dropped ceiling allows easy access to these systems.

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