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#114048 - 10/26/05 03:05 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 07/13/04
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Loc: Newburgh, NY
i could be misunderstanding but wouldn't that cause you heat problems?
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#114049 - 10/26/05 03:15 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 07/12/05
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Loc: Western Canada (just)
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After the resilient channel and drywall ceiling, it's 8'2". My finished height will be 8'1" once I lay the delta-fl subfloor, and laminate. I considered carpet for the added warmth, but I'm always hesitant to lay carpet in a basement.




Of course I am jealous. I am in a house built in 1952 with 81" from unfinished floor to underside of joist.

With Delta-FL you should have no problems with carpeting in the basement. As long as the basement floor slab was built with the proper drainage and your walls are properly moisture-proofed, you should have no problems with mold. That is the whole purpose of Delta-Fl to provide enough space to allow any moisture build-up [typical of that wicked up by concrete] to evaporate.

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#114050 - 10/26/05 06:26 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Loc: Northern Ontario
The fireplace surround/cabinet work took a little longer than expected. It's almost done. I'm going to have the drywallers line the inside with 5/8" plywood, which will give me a solid foundation for my shelves.

This is the back, obviously, looking from the pool table area. I considered making it accessible from the back to ease wiring, but in the end decided to simply leave myself extra slack in the wires. The cabinet is also plenty wide, so I'll easily be able to turn the components to access wiring.


This is the front of the cabinet. The plan is to install 3 adjustable shelves.


Overall I'm happy with the design. Looking at it now, it might have been better to have a thicker top piece above the fireplace, but we decided on 3 1/2" to match the bottom.

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#114051 - 10/26/05 06:37 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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That looks awesome and is a great use of space. I'm a big fan of built-in storage.
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#114052 - 10/26/05 06:44 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Regarding the heat issue, the unit I purchased is a direct vent, zero clearance. This means combustibles can be placed directly on the top and back of the fireplace, since it’s designed to radiate heat only from the 3 viewing glass areas. The top and back are only warm to the touch when operating the fireplace. The inside of the cabinet will be ~ 4" away from the back of the FP, and I'll insulate this cavity to minimize any heat. I hope it works out; otherwise I’ve just designed a very expensive non-functional room divider! (I say this because if it comes down to using the HT equipment or the FP… the HT wins out!)

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#114053 - 10/26/05 06:57 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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I was very clear to the builder that I wanted a minimum of 8’ finished height after ceiling and subfloor.

As far as carpet goes, you make some valid arguments, and I am thinking about it. I installed r-foil under the slab, which the manufacturer claims an r10 equivalent insulation factor and should take care of any moisture problems. I also ran an extra perforated weeping tile circuit throughout the interior perimeter, in addition to the standard exterior perimeter.


Here’s the r-foil before the floor was poured.



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#114054 - 10/26/05 07:02 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Loc: Northern Ontario
Thanks Peter, I also like the clean look of built-ins. Our original layout had the HT area where the Play area ended up, since I could incorporate a built-in component rack under the entrance stairs. I was disappointed when that layout was cancelled due to other factors. I'm glad the peninsula fireplace with component rack worked out.

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#114055 - 10/27/05 12:25 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Registered: 07/12/05
Posts: 353
Loc: Western Canada (just)
In reply to:

I installed r-foil under the slab, which the manufacturer claims an r10 equivalent insulation factor and should take care of any moisture problems. I also ran an extra perforated weeping tile circuit throughout the interior perimeter, in addition to the standard exterior perimeter.




Most excellent. This should almost be standard construction practice. One of my biggest "pet-peaves" is the building codes' minimum requirements. This is of course what all contractors build to unless you spend some time researching and request the better install or have good knowledgable contractors who are willing to educate the client.

Looks like you did your research and I think it will definnitely pay off with a very comfortable basement!

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#114056 - 10/27/05 01:21 PM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Loc: Northern Ontario
My builder was no different than most, and would have built to minimum code requirements. As you say, it took research on my part to figure out the best way to do things. Another 6 weeks and I'll be sitting in my 'comfortable' basement enjoying music and movies!

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#114057 - 11/16/05 10:32 AM Re: Basement HT - Progress Report and Pictures
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Loc: Northern Ontario
Another update:
The drywall and painting are complete, and I've installed the delta-fl subfloor. The pictures are a couple days old, I now have the laminate in the main room complete. The office and bathroom should be done tonight. I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality. My digital camera is acting up again.

Screen wall: I built a frame that is 8" wider and taller than my screen, and painted it flat black, with the goal of absorbing light for brighter perceived picture.


Front HT Area: This is a slightly different angle, showing the integrated component rack and fireplace.


Component rack / fireplace.


Left QS8 location: Note the box I installed that houses the speaker wire and will be covered by the left QS8.


I will be moving the furniture and equipment down this week. Unfortunately, I'm out of town this weekend, which means I will not be able to finish the set-up until next week. As for the remaining work, the floors will be done tonight, then I have to finish the wiring for networking, satellite, speakers etc. Baseboards, doors, trim and bathroom fixtures. The basement should be completed by mid-December. I'll change the battery in my camera and hope to post some better shots tonight.

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