The old basement walls were built from the vinyl tile flooring straight up to the ceiling and attached to 2x2 furring strips that were bolted straight to the painted concrete walls. I want to improve the insulation of the basement and also the air circulation so that no mold will form in dead air cold spaces. First step: install a DriCore sub floor system.
Having taken a little break, it's time to get back to work. I had a little trouble positioning myself on the "what's next list" so I worked backwards:
Not all 2x4s are created equal and when you are taking on a construction project its important to start with a bunch of good ones. Life is hard enough without dealing with bowed, cupped, or twisted studs. I'm getting ready to start framing the new walls in the basement and I wanted to get the … Continue reading How to Choose the Right 2x4s for your DIY Wall Building Project
I poured a mother freaking 28 square foot concrete slab in the basement this week ... and it really wasn't that hard. Here's how I did it (hint: I roped my parents into some of the extra manual labor!)
Two weeks ago I took the most dramatic step yet in bringing the basement plans to fruition. A crew of plumbers showed up at 8 in the morning with jack hammers and tore up a big patch of concrete slab in the basement. This is step one of removing the ridiculous open-to-the-laundry toilet and shower … Continue reading Basement Progress: The Huge Hole to get at the Under-Slab Plumbing
Having finally (mostly) cleared the deck in the basement I took a moment to revel in the bare walls, exposed floor joists overhead and swept-clean floor. Then I got out my laser measure, a pair of tape measures, a sharpie and a roll of blue painters tape.
A basement is the secret weapon of the midwestern ranch house. (This is one clear advantage we have over all those cool, glassy California Pinterest ranches.) Our basements secretly expand square footage, storage and differentiation of spaces all without bulking up the house to the street or eating up the building site. Sure, basements CAN … Continue reading Basement: the Midwestern Ranch House’s Secret Weapon
Just to throw a wrench in the works once again, I gave myself an additional major delay in construction (or de-construction) at the beginning of the year: bringing home a new dog, Roxie. Here's a little intro to my pup and the techniques I've used to acclimate her to her new life as a construction dog.
After a long winter of being distracted by design work and other projects, I got back to the fun of tearing apart the house again a few weeks ago. Actually I began some exploratory demolition by pulling down a few ceiling tiles at the end of January, only to be delayed by a the sudden … Continue reading Basement Progress: Demolition and Discoveries