Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Finishing Basements: by Editors of Creative Publishing

By Editors of Creative Publishing

A fact-filled, 240-page handbook that covers each point of designing and making plans a basement conversion/remodeling undertaking. With greater than six hundred colour photos, this booklet is going into thorough aspect on the most important topics like moisture and weather regulate, egress, air flow, lighting fixtures, and lots of different matters. It bargains comprehensively with adapting domestic mechanical structures to basement stipulations. the numerous featured initiatives contain completing a rest room stub-out, fitting an all-new basement toilet, insulating, repairing beginning partitions, fitting sump pumps, dehumidification ideas, in addition to many different initiatives designed for livability. a different concentration new to this version offers details and tasks for getting older in position, together with domestic elevators and chair lifts, tracking and communique platforms, and growing an available basement condo. additionally, you will locate initiatives that convey the way to improve with luxurious facilities, together with a fire, sauna, domestic spa, workout room, basement club/lounge and more.

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Those deeper than 44" must have a means of escape, such as a tiered design that forms steps or an attached ladder. Drainage at the bottom of the well should extend down to the foundation footing drain, with pea gravel used as the drainage material. Planning Your Project After you’ve evaluated your basement and have determined that the space is usable, the next step is to plan the construction project. Having a complete construction plan enables you to view the entire project at a glance. It helps you identify potential problems, provides a sense of the time involved, and establishes a logical order of steps.

Test concrete foundation walls for moisture and condensation. Tape a small square of aluminum foil to the wall and leave it in place for a day. If the outside surface of the foil becomes wet, you have a condensation problem, which is normally corrected by installing a dehumidifer. If the surface against the wall becomes wet, you have a seepage problem (see pages 26 to 27). Test for excessive radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can enter up through basement floors and accumulate, posing a health hazard.

Now is the time to deal with water or moisture problems, heating and cooling requirements, ventilation needs, and upgrades to the wiring or plumbing systems that are needed to support additional finished living space. Ultimately, the success of your rec room or laundry room or guest bedroom depends vitally on how conscientiously you manage the environmental changes that are unique to a basement. As you prepare the basement for construction, keep a few fundamental guidelines in mind. Each of these is addressed in greater detail in this chapter.

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