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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-26-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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My current project is our basement build out. Adding on about 650 sq.ft of "playroom" area to accommodate the items we gathered over the last 6 years (pool table, ping pong table, fooseball table, etc.)

I started in October of 2009 and still going strong . We are getting there. I'm hoping to get this done by the end of March.

It's taking a bit longer than I wanted, but between work and 2 young kids I do what I can. I'm sure a lot of you here understand the "honey I need you upstairs right now" .

Other than the drywall patching (must be the worst job in the world) and the stucco wall, all the work was on my own. By the way the stucco color isn't greenish as the photo shows, but more like a sandstone color.

We are going for ancient Egyptian theme to match the Home Theater room that is located in the basement as well. The walls are painted half way since I will be adding wainscoting using 1x4 MDF baseboard and getting the bottom part filled with stucco.

Anyways here are few shots of the progress. Once this project is done, I am planning on making my garage update for my wood working hobby.
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Paul, that looks really really nice. That really inspires me. I've got a 2500 sq ft basement that I would really love to start finishing. Just curious, if you don't mind sharing, how much $$ do you have in it so far? I thought about just buying a few materials every pay period and just plug away at it.

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Great question. I have yet to count how much I have spent, but I am saving all the receipts in a nice pile . So far the most expensive part was hiring the mudding guy for the drywall. About $800 for that. I do know that the ceiling tiles and the floor (I'm going with VCT tiles) are going to be the 2 most expensive things from the whole project. The idea was to fit way under $10K on the whole thing.

Just like you, part of the process and why it takes a bit longer is that I am also buying stuff here and there during pay periods.

The beginning should be fairly cheap to start with. The studs are fairly inexpensive. I already had a lot of tools from other projects over the years, so that helps a lot. I am able to squeeze a new tool here and there though .

The biggest thing is to plan, and plan and plan. My plans changed many times before I decided what to do. I would highly recommend using Google Sketchup and do some up to scale plans of the build out.
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Good job. I am starting on the bath next, actually have started but got the crud so I am setting out a few days, (2 weeks+). My basement is 1525 s/f. We have a garage down there, it is a walk-out basement. One fairly large bedroom (done), my shop 425 S/F (never to be done) an entertainment room (to be done), store room (being done now). It is fun watching things come together. Have fun. and enjoy.

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Great transformation! Looks like everything was well thought out, lots of access to "hidden" plumbing and HVAC systems. Good job!

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Thanks!

Today I finished up putting up the 1x4 MDF molding around the perimeter of the basement and installed the custom door jamb for the storage room. Next up routing out the hinges, wood putty, then more black paint.

I ended up picking up the Starrett 505A-12 ProSite 12-Inch Dial Protractor on Amazon to get those miters as close as possible. It worked great.

Nice thing about MDF is that it's flexible, so it hugs nicely to the wall. No need for caulking right now.

Tomorrow my buddy is coming over to do his stucco thing all around. I'll tell you, it's an art form to do that stuff.

Next up, drop ceiling and then we move to the VCT tiles.
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Looks real good, how about next week come on to Georgia and we'll finish my bath and entertainment room!! Just a thought!

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You got it! How's the weather there right now?
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VCT is always fun!!!
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Nice job on the basement reno. Clean framing and well thought out.
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