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Easiest way to finish out this basement?


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03-05-05, 09:07 PM   #1  
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Easiest way to finish out this basement?

Hello Walls and Ceilings guys!

My husband and I would really love to turn our basement into an attractive living room. The house was built in 1949, and everything is amazingly level and square! Could you give me some of your opinions on the best ways to finish this basement? We would like to save as much square footage and head room as possible!

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You opinions and suggestions are much appreciated!

 
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03-05-05, 09:22 PM   #2  
Wow, there are so many things you could do.

I would frame the exterior walls, add some insulation and hang dry wall. There are several things you can do around the furnace and hot water heater. You could frame a wall to encompass that area - looks like that would nicely hide the beam support. I have also seen very nice screens made to hide furnaces.

As far as the ceiling - 2x2 drops ceilings are nice and easy do to. You'll loose about 3" below the joists for a drop ceiling.

As far as the floor - ceremic tile or carpet or both are nice in a basement (in my opinion) but you can always put down vinyl tile (kind of industrial looking though).

Good luck Mrs. G.


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03-05-05, 09:38 PM   #3  
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Re: Enclosing the appliances...

We are very interested in hiding the furnace, water heater, and water softener. Would you build the way right against the appliances or would you leave a clearance between the applicances and the wall? If you would leave a clearance, how much of a space would you leave?

 
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03-05-05, 09:43 PM   #4  
You have to leave space. I would check with your local building code - I personally would not go any less than 24". You also need to make the opening (door way) large enough that service people can get in the space and service/replace those appliances if/when necessary.

 
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