Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gutting the Basement for a Fresh Start

We are finally getting started on the house.  There's a lot of work to be done this year but one of our first major projects will be building an addition on our kitchen.  Because the addition will be cantilevered we need access to the floor joists.  Unfortunately for us the basement is partially finished so we had to tear our the drywall before we could move forward.
This is the "family room" at the bottom of the stairs. We had drywall on the ceiling and the interior wall and stained osb on the exterior walls.  The office is through the door on the left.
 We tore down the drywall and also removed the studs and insulation to get back to bare concrete walls.  We saved most of the studs and insulation to be reused later, but with much better installation techiniques (like actually attaching the bottom plate to the floor and not turning the studs sideways).
 This was our "office" in the basement.  It happens to be under the kitchen so we needed to get everything out of this room to run new plumbing and floor joists.
It looks different without walls, but we think the house would have actually been more valauable this way instead of partially and poorly finished.
Now that the demo is done we can start building the addition.



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