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prjct92eh2
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Post Parker Basement Finish
on: January 15, 2016, 14:53
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Hi Everyone! I'm just starting to embark on finishing the basement in our new house and I figured it would be best to post a journal from the beginning to 1) Get feedback and multiple eyes on my plans 2)document progress and 3)Have a good place to post pictures for questions I have. I live in Parker, Colorado and the house was completed August of last year. Since this is Colorado, I get to embark on the fun of floating walls!

So here we are January 15th, 2016 and this is where i'm at so far:
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Still have to complete the wiring runs on the drawing. Might add more low voltage to the drawing, but not sure if this is actually required for permits?

The main goals of the finished basement are:
1) Office area. I work from home a decent amount and my wife runs an online kids clothing boutique, so we need dedicated area for this. Rec Room will mainly service this purpose
2) Bathroom. We have a guest room on the main floor, but if thats being used the basement will accommodate somebody else on a blow up mattress. A full bath will be good for them while they are at our house
3) Home theater. Disguised under the WAF friendly name of "Family Room" on the drawing. Plans are very similar to Tony's build with a fixed screen, in wall speakers.

High level plans by build stages:
1)Preparation: Not much needed since it's a brand new house. The exterior walls all have blanket insulation, so that's good. I work for an insulation manufacturer, so I will be putting batts in the ceiling and utility room to cut down on noise.
2)Framing: Floating walls with 24" OC studs. Might do 16" OC for the wall with the bar and the home theater screen. The joists are ~8'9" above the floor, so I'm currently debating the extra plate like Tony to avoid cutting every stud to length.
2) Plumbing: The house came plumbed with PEX, so I'll be sticking with it. I've already installed a water softener and learned how easy it is to work with, so i'm ecstatic there is no copper in the house. I really wanted the wet bar in the nook at the top of the family room, but there are no drains back there and busting up concrete and running one across the room isn't in the budget. Bath will be a normal 5' tub/shower combo.
3) Electrical: 4 110V circuits a)20A Bathroom b)15A non-bath Lights c)20A non-bath and non-theater outlets d)20A Theater outlets (the very right wall and ceiling). All breakers Arc Fault. Bath breaker combo AFCI/GFCI. GFCI outlet at the wet bar. Double runs on Cat 5 and coax for the theater and two corners of the rec area (this matches the rest of the house).
4) Drywall: Contracting this out. 1/2" textured drywall with rounded corners. JM GoBoard for tile backer in the bath.
5) Finish woodwork: ust standard 3-4" MDF floor trim with window and door casing that matches the rest of the house. Hollow core Jeld-Wen doors that match the rest of the house. Might build some built ins and entertainment console in the nook of the family room if the budget allows.
6) Painting/Flooring: same color as the rest of the house with carpet that matches the upstairs. Thinking some long tile for the floor in the bath and maybe something better than the plain white tile on the bath walls in the other non-master baths

So i think that sums up my plans! Let me know what you think. We are expecting our second child in March, so i probably won't be submitting for permits until shortly after that. Still plenty of time to plan 🙂

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: January 19, 2016, 07:20
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Looking good! I like the layout and it flows really well. Bathroom, storage, and utilities are all in good spots as well, not interrupting any open spaces you've laid out.

As much as we love having a spare bedroom in our basement, I do wish we would have explored creative ways to keep the space open while still creating an area for sleeping. There's so much flexibility with an open space so it can serve multiple purposes, like the office/sleeping space that you're looking for. And if you ever reach the stage of absolutely needing another bedroom, I can think of worse projects around the house.

In all my research more lights is always better, and you've done a good job of that, I don't see it being an issue. I went a little overboard as far as outlets go, but I haven't regretted that decision at all. It's really nice to have the extra outlets around the basement. So definitely error on the side of more outlets as well.

One thing I regret is not thinking about wall sconces/light features enough. We have three total in our basement, but I would have liked a couple more. Really think about that as well.

As far as your questions go, I didn't put low voltage wiring in my diagram so you should be fine there. Consider running Cat 6 instead of Cat 5 just to future-proof your network, but this wasn't a deal-breaker for me with WiFi. I'd be completely happy with 24" OC studs, I lost no sturdiness in the few areas where I went with this method. Where you'll be mounting your projector and any other equipment be sure you reinforce those areas with extra studs. Also be sure you give yourself plenty of studs/plates to mount your equipment to, more is always better 🙂 You never know if your plans will slightly change so always nice to have more options when it comes to mounting.

Everything else sounds great! Looks like you've got a good plan in place and honestly a good plan will cut back on both time and mistakes. Best of luck and keep posting here with questions as you go through your basement finish!

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: February 10, 2016, 15:21
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Thanks for the feedback! I tweaked a few things and finished the electrical plan. I think this is the final draft I'll be submitting for permits. I just installed a whole house humidifier. All that's left is a shelf in the garage and getting shelves assembled and things organized in the basement, then it will be time to start!

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: May 16, 2016, 15:08
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Permit is approved and lumber is here! Holy hell my arms and back are sore from moving it to the basement. Time to get to work!
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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: January 12, 2017, 00:35
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This is really great when you are working to build a framework and then get approved it. The layout after you added the electrical plan seemed pretty complete. You tried everything that can be added to beautify the basement. This layout gave me a better understanding and a birds eye view. Being a basement renovator I find challanges in thinking of such layouts. Thanks

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: January 26, 2017, 09:02
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How's the basement finish project coming along?!? Would love to see some updated pictures!

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: March 5, 2017, 23:52
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I'm willing let to know how you've done so far. Some updated pictures are appreciated. See http://www.agmrenovations.com/recent-work/ some of my recent works.

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: March 29, 2017, 13:55
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hey guys! Its coming along slowly, but surely. Tough to find time with a 2 and 1 year old running aorund. I'd say the walls are 80% framed. Just need to finish a couple walls and then soffits. Will try and get some pics up this week. I'll also look for some tips on framing a floating wall under HVAC ducts.

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: March 31, 2017, 15:34
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alright, here is the update! Disregard the mess.

Wood pile is much lower 😀 This the one end of the main area. Next on my list is framing the walls and soffit behind the HVAC
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here is the other end of the main area with the windows. Still need to do the soffit, framing under the soffit and entry to storage under the stairs.
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This is 180 degrees from the perspective of the last picture showing where they stairs come down. Had an annoying HVAC intake that hung 1/4" below the joists i had to frame around. Need to go back and add one horizontal brace there. Any tips for enclosing that metal beam?
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When I got to laying out the bathroom it was way too big in real life. Modified the original design to shrink the bathroom size, add a full size closet and have a corner that can be used in this area. Learned a valuable lesson from this to not order doors before framing is done. I got a little too happy doing to fun shopping part of the project and now have a door I won't use.
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Here the now modified bathroom, storage and closet area framed. I had to add a wall behind the tub due to where the rough in for it was located. The skirt for the tub would have been over the hole in the concrete. (need to get a pic of this)
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So now i'm basically left with soffiting and the challenge on framing the HVAC area walls below this soffiting.
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You can see in the pic above where they will be by the footers already on the ground. The ~4' span of the soffit is a little worrying since the walls will be hanging from it. My plan is to drop 2x4 from the joists to hang the horizontal soffit from. The horizontal pieces themselves will be 2x4 on its narrow edge. basically a normal wall horizontal. I lose some head room this way, but i figured with the long span, this will add rigidity. Thoughts?

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Post Re: Parker Basement Finish
on: October 16, 2017, 16:40
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Good work. Do you have any more updated pictures?

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