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Old 07-23-04, 05:58 PM
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Question I Need suggestions on room placement for a refinished basement

I Need suggestions on room placement for a finished basement in a house I just purchased. Here is a lay out of the way it is set up now. I would like to do this like a in-law apartment. 1 Bed / 1 full Bath / Laundry room / Small kitchen with maybe a half wall separating the living room . The dimentions are 40X21 ...Any help would be apreiciated.


http://img12.exs.cx/img12/362/Basement.jpg
 

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Old 07-25-04, 11:53 AM
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Old 07-26-04, 09:04 AM
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You haven't told us much of what's needed to help. Do you have any sewer roughed in for a bathroom? Are there sewage lines you can access under the floor? Are you above the sewer line at your floor or will you need an ejection pump regardless?

As a basic suggestion though, keep all of your water/sewage requiring rooms together. Given the limited space, you may consider a combined laundry/kitchenette (with bifold doors over the laundry) or a laundry/bath.
 
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Old 07-26-04, 04:42 PM
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Hi caleyg, No roughed sewer yet. The sewer line is high so I will need a ejection pump.Good suggestion about the laundry/kitchenette . This is what I have come up with so far.

http://img63.exs.cx/img63/7992/Basement2.jpg

I don't know where to put the bedroom though, I'm trying to keep a moderate size living area. I was thinking of maybe doing a studio type room living area/ Bedroom with some kind of divider. Any suggestions?

Also is that a bad placement for the bathroom seeing I have to use a ejection pump. I believe the only sewer line is the one shown in the picture.

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Old 07-27-04, 10:31 AM
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I'm not sure where you are located, but you might want to consider placing your fixtures on interior walls if possible to eliminate the possibility of the supply pipes freezing when run along the exterior walls.

Assuming a gas furnace and/or water heater the room you show will need the ability to draw air for combustion. Louvered doors may suffice but this should be checked - you may need to bring in outside air.

Don't forget that sleeping areas need egress windows which usually requires enlarging an existing opening. I think it is prudent to involve professionals for this including a structural engineer.

Just some thoughts.
 
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Old 07-27-04, 12:55 PM
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Penguin Dave makes a good point about an egress window/door. Make sure you check on that or you could be in a world of regulatory hurt. If that door marked by the washer dryer goes outside, you may have to include it in your bedroom unless you're willing to go to alot of expense to add another means of egress. Basically every sleeping space must have two escape routes--two doors or a window of a certain size. If it's below grade you put a large window well around it.

I'm certainly no expert on these things, I'm just thinking about keeping the sewer piping and the concrete busting to a minimum.
 
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Old 07-27-04, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the input, good idea about the fixtures on interior walls. We get some pretty brutal winters in the Boston area. As far as the egress windows, I believe the basement windows are large enough but I will defiantly find out for sure before making any command decisions.

The following is a link to a Picture of one of the basement windows.

http://img55.exs.cx/img55/7914/windowsize.jpg
 
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Old 07-30-04, 08:00 AM
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Here's a link with pretty standard code on egress windows. It includes minimum height, minimum width, minimum square footage of opening (not total size of the window but the part that normally opens, also there's a maximum height off the floor--that's what'll often getcha in a basement.

http://www.hopkinsmn.com/inspections...sswindows.html

If your's don't meet the requirement and there's not a door, be prepared for a serious project!
 
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the window isn't wide enough to be considered an egress window. Consider that the egress sizing is for a firefighter wearing a Scott air pack to be able to enter through the window.

If the door is to the outside then I agree that it may be your best bet to try to include it in the area to be designated as "bedroom".

Out of curiousity, what is contained in Room(6) in your drawing?
 
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Old 07-30-04, 02:37 PM
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Thanks for the link caleyg, I'm not moving in until august 19th so I can't get the exact dimensions (I took these pictures during the inspection).

PenguinDave, Room 6 is what I like to call "The mystery room" LOL....Really I'm not sure what it is but I believe there is plumbing or something in there.

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http://img45.exs.cx/img45/8186/Mysteryroom.jpg
 
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You may want to make your plans contingent on what you find in ye olde Mystery Room.

If I am interpreting the picture correctly the washer drain is going into Room6 ("Mystery Room"). This to me means that there is a connection to sewer in there - whether an ejector, pit, tie into stack, or a 2" drain. Knowing this may help you plan your basement consruction in a cost effective manner.
 
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Old 08-03-04, 06:25 PM
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Thanks, I'll look into that ASAP..LOL, ask me anything about Roofing and I can tell you what ever you need to know, but this stuf I'm just going to have to learn as I go .
 
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