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Old 06-30-04, 09:35 PM
red_harris
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want to convert part of existing basement to garage

Hi all --

I live in an urban 60 year old house that was built before zoning rules existing, and before garages were an absolute necessity. The former means my lot is too narrow to try and put the garage somewhere else, the latter means I don't have one Basement is blocked (lower blocks mounted perpendicular) with a poured slab.

Seems like an interesting little project! Anyone else attempt to do this?

Will my existing floor be able to support the weight of my car?
What do I need for fireblocking?
Am I required to raise gas-hot-water-heater if it is in basement, but in a separate room from the garage?
And how much of a header do I need over the garage door? (don't want the house to cave in after removing part of basement wall!)
Anyone know how much excavating + dirt disposal costs per cu yard on East Coast?

Thanks all!
mh
 
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Old 07-05-04, 09:40 AM
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mh,

Your question really needs to answered by a General Contractor within your area to see what you ahve and waht can be done.

Second, is that your local Building Official will have guidelines that must be enforced with this proposed project.

Third, you'll need drawings done and these will be based upon current Codesa dn current structure and required improvements.

This might help,

Will my existing floor be able to support the weight of my car? No, most basement floors are not reinforced with wire mesh and especially those 60 years ago.

What do I need for fireblocking? 2x stock and drywall as per code

Am I required to raise gas-hot-water-heater if it is in basement, but in a separate room from the garage? Yes, no flame can be below 18 inches above floor.

And how much of a header do I need over the garage door? Normally 12" depending on what you are using and the span required.

Anyone know how much excavating + dirt disposal costs per cu yard on East Coast? You need to make some calls on that.

Hope this helps!
 
 

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