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post #91 of 99 Old 06-08-2014, 04:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Just wanted to update this thread since things appear to be primed to start moving. Here's where we are.

Home theater area in the basement has been mostly cleared of stuff, and I'll be taking a new set of pictures to show the empty space that we will be excavating, refinishing, and building in. I have a contractor lined up to excavate, and since I'm doing all the work to get some ceiling height, it made sense to go ahead and do some additional under slab plumbing and add a 3/4 bath under the stairs. Now have a basic plan from Dennis that shows the home theater, kitchenette, as well as that bath, and am getting the drawings from the structural engineer so I can get the permit and start digging.

Law of unintended consequences says there are always unexpected expenses, and that's held true so far. Beyond the need to move some plumbing (to get it out of the way of the viewing pit), and the opportunity to put in the 3/4 bath, it turns out it's cheaper for me to actually retain the excavated soil on site versus trucking it away. And if I'm going to do that right, I need to build out some retaining walls and terraces in my hilly/downslope backyard to hold it all. The bonus is that I get a nicely redone backyard with planters, but that's another 10k or so that I wasn't expecting.

Here's the current plan. For some reason, I can't upload a PDF to AVS, so you'll have to live with the jpg.



Will post pre-excavation shots in the coming week, and then document as we start going through the process. Finally moving ahead!
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post #92 of 99 Old 06-10-2014, 08:35 PM
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... a single data point. I can confirm my 1902 Seattle sewer line does make a steep drop to the street but mine happens about 3m in front of the house. Oh and I'm following along.
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Any updates?

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Still going, just slower than I'd like... seems like that's always the case.

I've been working with the structural engineer, and finally just got back (last night!) the final changes/tweaks that need to be made to the plan drawings to get permits issued. I've also got the excavator lined up, but need to lock down the next job before I spend that much money... has been just on the horizon for quite a while now.

Hoping that all gets bottomed out in the next month. I'm also strongly considering removing two pieces of walkway *outside* of the house so that I can have the excavators dig down and find the main sewer. Would really prefer to have positive drainage for the french drains, and not have to worry about a sump pump and possible outages. Be happier if the earth under the house was just consistently drained.

Will post the permit plans when they're done!
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Did you ever get the plans and start?
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Did you ever get the plans and start?
Sigh... no, not yet.

Short form, job disappeared and I have to lock down the next role before I pull the trigger on a major project like this. So, still in the same state as described above. Ready to go, but won't have final plans until I've excavated and have a final sense of how the space ends up. Otherwise wasting architect's time and money.

Crossing fingers, hope to get back to this later this year!
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Update: Finally getting the ball rolling!

It's been a while, thanks to losing a job and "only" consulting for a while... fun work, but the income was a bit too variable to be able to pull the trigger on the project. The good news is that I've shifted to a new FT role, and can move ahead.

Main changes to the project are all positive — cost a bit more, but the theater will be all the better for it. I'm going to excavate the entire space out flush to walls (ie, underpinned), and simply build the kitchen area up to be higher. Also have upgraded contractors to someone who can run a new sewer line below grade, which will allow me to gravity drain water away from beneath the slab. Finally, also going to bolt the house down to the foundation while I'm at it (earthquake retrofitting) since it's the right time to do it.

Right now I'm trying reconnect with Dennis Erskine to revamp the plans based on the full excavation route such that I can get permits and hopefully start digging in November. He's apparently away on travel, but hope to close that soon. In the meanwhile you can take a look at the drawing I sent with the changes described.

Amazing how long this has taken... hoping we are finally on the right path to get it going!
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Updates? Just read the whole thing. Very interesting.
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Updates? Just read the whole thing. Very interesting.
Hey there, apologies for the delay in responding. I had a heck of a time getting access to my AVSForum account after their password reset issues.

Anyway, long story short is that I moved to a new home with a larger basement. Wasn't the plan, but the Seattle market is exploding and I had an amazing offer for well above street value for my home, such that it was a no brainer to take it and deal with moving. Was able to find a place with a taller basement ceiling (though still have to move posts), and should be able to build it for much less.
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