Transforming a Basement into a Functional, Aesthetically-Pleasing Space
When it’s time for the demolition phase of a renovation, the process is often both therapeutic and surprising for clients. They’re beginning to see the design transform from concept into reality – and this is where homeowners get the first glimpse of physical progress being made.
However, as with any remodeling project, unforeseen conditions can, and almost always do, come to light. Fortunately with this basement renovation project, most of the existing heating, plumbing and electrical systems were not concealed but visible thereby easily assessing their condition and determining if any modifications were required.
Our Southwest Minneapolis Project – Here’s How We Worked Through Demolition
All the knotty pine wall panels and ceiling tiles were removed, exposing the foundation walls and framing. Different remodeling project may involve a different set of moisture issues – however, this basement has not had any moisture problems in the past and no visible mold/moisture was detected on any wall surfaces. Moisture and mold are critically important topics for further discussion, and we will provide a more in-depth analysis in future posts.
The concrete floor was removed for the new bathroom and laundry plumbing system. Instead of just removing enough area for a plumbing trench, it was determined best to remove the entire back area of concrete because of an unlevel floor surface. The concrete also was removed at the stair area to accommodate the footing for a new steel beam that will replace the existing wood beams and columns. More on that later.
To address the lack of natural light, two large windows are being added to the front side – and the grade of the front yard is being lowered to allow a better view and as much natural light as possible. We’ll wait to install the windows later in the construction schedule, because this is a good means to get material and debris in and out of the project area without using the stairs (like that big pile of concrete debris…)