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Before you start to look at your basement or kitchen, you want to find out just how much space there is. This is because this is going to determine what type of fixtures you will be able to use. If you have a small basement, you will want to be careful about what fixtures you choose to use. If you have a large and huge basement, you might consider a variety of fixtures in order to be sure that you are satisfied with your results.
Your kitchen should be big enough to be able to fit your standard appliances. You may also want to use a prep table if you do not want the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher in your kitchen. This way you can also remove the dishwasher from the kitchen and keep the sink and the refrigerator in your kitchen if you do not want to use them.
You also need to be careful about where you place the extra appliances in your kitchen. You do not want to end up having to move any cabinets in order to fit a microwave oven, which can be a major hassle. If you do not have the right placement for any extra appliances, you might find that the extra weight of the appliances will end up causing the counter top to shift slightly.
If you have children that are still in school, you could consider putting some extra work into the ceiling of your home. You may also want to consider putting in ceiling tiles, which would add a bit of character to your home. Of course, if you are planning on doing any bathroom remodeling, then you want to make sure that you have properly gutted the bathroom in order to get the right amount of space for your plumbing system and fixtures.
Of course, if you have small children or you do not want any people or pets that might be allergic to pet dander or scented soaps in your home, you might want to consider not putting anything into your basement at all. There are so many different options in today’s market for such homes that you will be able to find a perfect one that fits your needs.
Remodeling your home can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. You might want to take a look at all of the different options that are available to you, before you decide on whether or not you are going to put any kitchen remodeling in your future plans. The more time you spend thinking about your remodeling options, the better you will be able to work out what you need and what you do not.
The Do it Yourself Basement Remodeling Guide
My basement remodeling company will install a new bathroom, a wet bar, or both, in more than 75% of the basements that we finish for our clients! Any basement can easily have either a bathroom or a wet bar added during construction!
There are a few "tricks-of-the-trade" involved when adding bathrooms and wet bars to basements because of the unconventional ways in which these areas drain waste water. Being so far below grade normally forces you to add some type of "pump" into the mix to make this possible.
ALL of the bathrooms that have this drainage problem require a "Sewage Ejector" of some type to pump the bathroom waste water "up-and-out" to the home existing waste water drainage lines. Very few basements (maybe 10% or less) will enable you to drain the bathroom waste water directly in plumbing waste lines "below" the concrete floor level. If you have waste lines that exit the basement at a level that is higher than the finished concrete floor level you WILL NEED A SEWAGE EJECTOR SYSTEM INSTALLED!
These systems are not rocket science to install, although i do recommend that persons with no prior experience installing these animals NOT try it themselves! These sewage ejector pump systems are installed in the floor below the concrete level and require the installed to cut the concrete floor, dig-out a large and deep hole (about 3' deep!) and then install a sewage ejector pit and pump system! Not for the timid!
But, once installed by you or a plumbing subcontractor, the bathroom waste water from the toilet, sink and shower/tub will drain into the floor just like any other bathroom you have in your home! These Sewage Ejector Systems work very, very well, and are very dependable if installed and vented correctly. CALL A PLUMBER TO DO THIS FOR YOU! The systems usually cost around $ 400.00 complete + labor costs over and above this cost.
If the wet bar is positioned "friendly" and conveniently to the sewage ejector location, it too can be drain directly into this system "killing 2 birds with one stone"!
If the wet bar is NOT in a "friendly and convenient location in reference to the Sewage Ejector System a "Tray Pump System" can be used instead. This system does not go in the floor like the Sewage Ejector system! This Tray Pump "bolts" directly to the strainer cup of your bar sink under the sink inside the sink base cabinet! This convenient little pump will pump all "liquid only" waste up and out into the homes existing waste water lines with no problem!
The hot and cold water lines that feed the bathroom and the wet bar areas are traditionally plumbed just like any other pluming fixture in the house. It's ONLY the waste water drainage that makes basement bathrooms and wet bars different to plumb versus any other pluming fixture in the house!
Basement Remodeling Step by Step Guide
We have finally arrived at the planning stage of remodeling your basement. By now you have should have a basic idea on how much room you will have to work with and a general idea of what you wish to accomplish with your space. You also should have solved any water,mold,and radon issues before going any farther. Now lets talk about where you can go from here.
There are many options for your basement space from a new media room to a rental apartment. This will all depend on your desires and the funds you have to work with. For the purposes of our article we will go with a apartment style layout to cover all installations from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Hopefully your water heater,electrical panel, and furnace are all located closely enough to be separated into one separate room. If so then you are one lucky homeowner. For the rest of us with major separations between all of our "utilities" we need to plan for access and ways to hide them from the start. Generally speaking most people will design a layout that allows them to put each of these in a closet in their addition. Make sure when laying out your closet you have enough room to get to anything you may need to access at any point down the line.
If you find you do not have the space or desire to go with multiple closets the next option is moving your water heater. You can move any of the above mentioned utilities but the water heater will be the least costly in the majority of cases. You may find that in the case of a natural gas water heater you will not be able to move it where you would like due to venting issues. Have a certified plumber come in and assess the area and feasibility before designing or moving on with your remodel.
Next you will need to design the layout of your bathrooms and kitchen. Do not forget to take the extra height of your future subfloor into account. This can add two to four inches in height and severely complicate installations later if not planned for. Also to be remembered is the ceiling height from the lowest hanging object in the room. Once you have factored these in layout your cabinets and plumbing designs.
Now that you have these laid out bring in a plumber to help with the design of your system. In a basement problems with wastewater disposal may arise if your existing sewer system is higher then your basement floor level. If this is the case you will need the plumbers expertise in designing a new system or retrofitting a pump to your basement addition plumbing
That is all for layout and design in this part of my series. Next up we will continue on with electrical layout and lighting choices.
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