It has been about a year and a half since I started this project and I have finally gotten around to starting a thread. I wanted to make sure to contribute a thread and my experiences to this great forum that inspired me to do this project in the first place and for giving me so many ideas to work with. Thank you to all who have taken the time to create all these amazing build threads because without them there is no way ever I would be doing anything like this. This place is truly inspiring!
Please feel free to offer any advice or ask any questions of anything you see in this thread. I am learning this stuff as I go and I'm having a great time with it. You will see based on how much I've completed in the last 18 months that I'm in no rush. I do a little here and there as time/budget permits. Except for carpet installation I intend to complete this entire project on my own and yes, that includes even mudding and taping
Ok so here it goes:
My Basement:I have about a 1250 sq ft basement to work with. I will be finishing 3/4 of it and leaving the other 1/4 for storage and a workshop. I am going with an open floor plan concept in the finished space which will include a theater / game room area, wine cellar, gym and 1/2 bath. I am basically going the "dedicated theater" route minus the 4th wall and the soundproofing. We entertain a lot and my wife, kids and I discussed the best approach to the basement and this is what we came up with. (When I say "came up with" I mean argued about, changed our minds about 10 times, and took 6 months to come up with a floor plan.)
The floor plan in a nutshell:
Since starting about 18 months ago I have completely insulated the basement and rim joists with 2" extruded polystyrene, installed a water powered backup sump system, installed an active radon mitigation system, fixed a stubborn crack with polyurethane foam injection and now I'm about 60% done framing the basement. The theater, game room and bathroom are completely framed and I am moving into the gym area now. I will be uploading all my photos very soon within the next day or so to get this thread up to speed of where I am in the project.
Edited by barlav - 12/18/12 at 9:43am