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Basement Finishing and Renovations Has it been 2 years already? Time to work on finishing the basement into some extra living space.


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Old 2014-09-12, 12:03 AM
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Fireplace framed in and Durarock boards were installed. The contractor was initially going to just use standard drywall around the fireplace (which would have probably been ok as the fireplace is zero clearance thus no heat would be exposed directly to the gype rock), but I wanted to added strength and the safety of having a fire resistant board there and the fact that it would be stoned up. I had to pay for the durarock myself.

The mantel is a full 5 inch thick piece of cherry with a live edge. He notched the back side and cantilevered the mantel up to the ceiling, hence any load on the mantel will be transferred up to the ceiling. He showed me how strong it was by hanging off of it (he's about 200+ lbs).

As you can see I put Roxul Safe and Sound everywhere to reduce noise, especially in the ceiling. I also made sure to put lots of it in the framing surrounding my drain stacks to reduce (basically almost eliminate) any noise from water use or toilet flushes from upstairs. I recently saw a show where they put double drywall on the ceiling to really deaden any sound transfer between the floors.
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:11 AM
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They cleaned up the whole place in preparation for the dread drywalling process.

Notice in the last photo the large post on the right. It was the one steel support post they could not hide in the walls and I HATE skinny columns thus got them to make a nice 8X8 pillar. After adding drywall the pillar is almost 10X10.
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:14 AM
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The last pictures shows the horrendous piping and ducting (done by the original home builder) that had to be rerouted by my contractor to reduce bulkheads and have a nicer finish for the front of the bar.
Yup. Not sure I'd call it horrendous as builders only do what is simplest and I can't blame them as they really don't know what a homeowner's going to want to do in their basement (if anything at all). It doesn't make sense to spend more on every house just in case a homeowner wants a clean look on their basement ceiling.

We ended up tearing back *all* of the duct work in the basement right back to the furnace and re-routed everything in order to get the clean look we wanted, but most people would have simply framed around it and saved $$$.

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Old 2014-09-12, 12:15 AM
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Drywall going up!!!! Now it's getting really cool and starts to hit home how the basement will actually look.
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:17 AM
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more drywalling!
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:19 AM
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Taping and mudding. The bathroom was drywalled with the mold-resistant drywall.

All the drywall, taping and mudding was done by a subcontractor my contractor bought in.
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:27 AM
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Primer sprayed on.
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Old 2014-09-12, 12:34 AM
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The hardwood flooring is going in. It's an engineered hardwood and I added a vapour barrier/foam underpad underneath it.

The flooring was a bit of a fiasco as it is suppose to be glued on the edges (it is NOT lock and click). The contractor assured me that he's done lots of flooring and did not think he needed to take the extra effort to glue it. Suffice to say in the end he and his workers spend an extra 3 days reinstalling the floor with glue!

The bathroom floor was also tiled, the paint cans in the picture were used as weights to hold the few pieces of flooring that was glued down where they meet the tile.
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Old 2014-09-30, 10:52 AM
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Sorry everyone, I'm just going to skip to the final finish as my wife is about to give birth any day now and there is still so much to do!

PM me if you have any questions or would like more details.

Pardon the mess.
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Old 2014-09-30, 10:56 AM
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And a few more
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