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Creating The Finished Basement Plan

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Hopefully you were able to watch our last video in our basement finishing series titled Pre-Planning for Your Finished Basement.  Now you are ready to move on to creating the plan for your new space.  The plan is necessary to allow the subcontractors and suppliers to properly estimate material and labor quantities.  So, this plan will be an integral part of our bid package.  We will also use the plan to submit for our permit.  You will probably want to check with your local building department to see what information they would like to see on the plan before creating it.  For our basement finishing plan we have included the following information…

  • Wall dimensions (including length and height)
  • Location & Size of New Doors
  • Locations of mechanical clean-outs, shutoffs, dampers
  • Architectural elements, including columns, arches, nooks…
  • Electrical Plan (including lighting, cable outlets, switches and any special electrical outlets).  We also include special notes for the type of wire required (conduit enclosed or insulated wire…i.e. Romex)
  • HVAC Plan showing locations and sizes of supply ducts and return air ducts and any additional equipment needed.
  • Plumbing Plan showing locations and sizes of sinks, showers and toilets.  We aren’t adding any new plumbing in our project so we didn’t have a plumbing plan.

Basically, we want to show as much information as we can fit on the plan.  Later we will create the scopes of work and specifications for each activity, which will designate the types of materials to be used.  However, you may want to include this info on the plan as well.  Ideally, your plan will be to scale.  This is easily achieved by getting graph paper from your local office supply store and choosing a scale that works for you (i.e. each block equals a foot).  For more information on creating your finished basement plan check out our new video at, The Finished Basement Plan.  You can also find a great deal of information for your overall mancave project at our main site under Finish My Basement.

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