06:48AM | 07/03/02
Member Since: 07/01/02
1 lifetime posts
I have moved to Michigan just within the last few years from South Carolina. As most know, basements are not as common down in the south as they are in the more northern states. I guess that would be my first question. I have been told that it is because the south has higher water tables.

The basement in my new Michigan home is not what you call finished. It has been water proofed, but I still get an occasional dribble during a hard rain if I have a downspout not attached (maybe blown off).
I do want to eventually finish my basement. What can I do about the dribbles? I like carpet, should I seal the floor first? What do I do with the drains in the floor?

As for basement design, I would love to have a pool table and a little home theater as well as the laundry area and storage. It’s a small house, only 1300 sf., it’s a bungalow with a dormer or extension on the second floor making room for two small bedrooms and a full bathroom. The first floor has one bedroom and full bath. As you can figure the basement wouldn’t be that big, but I think there is enough room for what I want to do. As with anything else all the design magazines out there tend to focus on bigger houses with very large basements. Is there any resources for a do it yourselfer with a smaller basement? I would like to see other designs before I start. Maybe some examples and unique ideas on boxing around things like water pipes, furnaces, and A/C vents.

Also, my ceiling is not that high in the basement, and I have a few vents that make it even lower in certain areas. What is the best ceiling tile to use because of this? I really don’t want a drop ceiling. 1) I don’t like the look. 2) I don’t have room to drop. The other thought is that I would still want access to the valves and connections for any servicing. So I guess I would need a drop ceiling in that case. I would have to find some other kind of tiles though; I hate the traditional ceiling tiles. My son plays guitar; so I would need acoustical tiles.

All of these issues have probably been discussed in the past and I apologize for my request for repeating the discussion.


07:18AM | 07/31/02
Member Since: 07/30/02
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I advise keeping water away from the sides of the house. It's important to keep the downspouts diverting water away from the house. If water pools up by the walls of the house, you will need to build up the dirt around the edges of the house so that water flows away from the house. This will help keep your basement drier.


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