Hello all! We just moved into a new house a little over a year ago and both me and my wife have the itch to get the basement finished! The only problem is its probably going to take a very long time
The biggest of these reasons being funds (stupid money) and the second biggest reason being that some friends of ours recently sold their house and because of some unfortunate circumstances they are going to be unable to buy a new house for an undetermined amount of time and because of that we offered space in our basement for them to store the stuff they don't need for now while they move in with his parents until things get figured out. So anyway, that means whatever i do to start will be limited to about half the basement until their stuff gets moved back out.
Anyway, enough about that, lets get to the floor plans!!!! its a ranch house with about 1820 square feet on the upper level and just under that for the basement. to start with i'll be doing the computer room, family room, storage, and maybe bedroom 1. Bedroom 2, the utility room and the bathroom is where all the aforementioned stuff is being stored from our friends. i'm planning to get framing, electrical, and audio/video cables done in those areas and probably stop with that until the stuff gets moved out and i can catch the rest of the basement up to that and then do the drywall all at once.
I will be doing most all the work myself with help from friends/family. I do have some limited experience as i finished off the basement in my previous (town)home and did a theater room in there (which was basically the whole basement). Of course i don't know if i did everything correctly as i didn't pull permits or have inspections done (shhh don't tell anyone) but if i did mess up it wasn't obvious as it passed inspection for when we sold the house. This time i will be doing everything correctly though so no worries there
Now comes the questions part! as i mentioned i have limited experience doing things but am generally good at figuring things out and am excellent at following directions (i am married after all).
1) Support Poles: I labeled on the floor plan "Pole 3" this pole is in a bad spot and in my current plan would basically sit in the little hallway area where the bedroom/bathroom are. would it be acceptable to remove that pole and put 2 new ones up, one in the wall of the utility room close to the corner of the current pole and the other in the wall of the bathroom?
2) HVAC: the family room, both bedrooms, and computer room all have 1 existing vent that were installed with the house was built. Would i need to add any others to those existing ones? i'm assuming i need to add one to the bathroom, how about the storage room? and lastly would any kind of air return vents need to be installed? (if it matters the furnace does have one of those new fresh air exchange things built in)
3) Electrical: I did do this in my previous basement but it was also smaller. The main breaker box is up in the garage, i was planning on running a "main" line down from it into the utility room and putting a breaker box there to run all of the electrical for the basement too, is this OK?
4) sound dampening: notice i didn't say proofing
I would like to at least be able to dampen the sound (planning on 7.1 speakers) coming up stairs. Is this one of those things where you might as well go all out or its not worth it? or are there things you can do that will help dampen without going all out sound proof? I was thinking at a minimum at least putting fiberglass insulation in the joists of the ceiling/floor.
Thats all for questions now, most other stuff i think i've got a good handle on, but of course i haven't started yet
Now its time for the fun stuff, audio/video!!!! my plan is that on the "tv/screen" wall i would mount a TV to that wall, then up in the rafters i would have an in ceiling projector screen that would then come down in front of the TV when you wanted to watch something bigger
i'm thinking somewhere around 55" for the TV and 120"+ for the projector.
Then underneath the stairs where i have listed "A/V equipment" i'm going to build some in wall shelves that would be open to the computer room, here i would put not only the A/V equipment for the family room tv/projector but also all of the networking equipment for the house. Sidenote: i was fortunate enough to be able to run CAT6 cable throughout the house when it was being built, i have a HDhomerun for OTA and WHS for movies/shows and then HTPCs hooked to all of the TVs in the house /Sidenote. then to control the equipment since its in a different room under the steps i would either run IR cable or get an RF remote and RF to IR converter.
Well i think that covers things for now, i hope to be able to get the studs to start framing in the next few weeks. I'll also take some pictures of the spaces in the next few days and post them as well. Thanks all for looking!
Edit: updated with final floorplan