When it comes to finishing a basement there are 6 important areas that are often overlooked until the end of the project or are forgotten all together. At that point it is costly and time consuming to correct the oversight. Having a basement finished by a Professional Contractor will cost on average $25 – $55 per square foot depending on what options you are including in your new basement. Kitchen, Bathroom, Theater, Wet bar etc…. The biggest cost in finishing a basement is the labor. Up to 70% of the cost in some cases is labor, if you are somewhat handy you can certainly save some hard earned money by doing it yourself. Keep in mind these 6 often overlooked mistakes and it will save you some headaches.
1. Keeping It All Dry
Make sure it will stay dry. Look closely at the foundation for cracks, inside and out. Look for discolorations in the foundation walls and floor. In most cases when water enters it will leave a discoloration on the concrete. Look for darker areas, it could be still wet, or white chalky lines. Water may have come in at some time in the past but is now dry. Check existing plumbing for signs of leaking.
Outside The Home
Make sure the ground slopes away from the house. Check to make sure downspouts are working properly, not clogged and carry all of the water away from the house. Any downspouts draining near window wells can cause problems in a heavy rain storm. If water is entering your basement now or in the past it is a good idea to get professional advice to address the problem. Hiring a professional today is a lot cheaper than repairing water damage later on.
Decide what specific elements you want your finished basement to include and what you will be using the basement for. If you want to finish your basement into an entertainment center, you need to plan for extra electrical outlets, lighting, cable/satellite hook-ups, and surround sound. Be sure to plan around what you want to complete.
Snap a chalk line on the floor of your basement to mark out the perimeter of where your finished area will be. Measure the total length of the proposed walls so you can calculate area (length x width) and calculate the approximate building materials. There are five basic elements you need to consider when planning on finishing a basement: Floor, walls, ceiling, electric, plumbing / heating. Your first decision when planning to finish your basement is to decide how large you want your finished space to be. If you decide to finish your entire basement it’s a good idea to reserve an area for storage.
3. Do I Need A Building Permit?
Contact your local building department and inquire about finishing a basement that includes new electric and new plumbing. You will need to obtain at least an electrical permit and plumbing/building permit. Work with your local inspectors and they will … Read More
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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is one of the most beautiful, and most photographed, bridges in the world.
Fort Point is an historic Civil War era masonry building partially under the south end of the massive bridge.
A yearlong celebration will mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic structure. Numerous improvements to enhance visitors experience include renovation of the Round House and conversion to a staging center, construction of a new welcome and interpretive center to be known as the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion, improvments to surrounding parks and more.
A public celebration will be held on Crissy Field over Memorial Day weekend and “75 Tributes to the Bridge” will be presented by community-based organizations and public agencies throughout the year. Full, updated information is available on the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary site.
Linking San Francisco with Marin County the Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7 mile-long suspension bridge that can be crossed by car, on bicycles or on foot
There are parking and viewing areas at either end of the bridge.
The Marin Headlands side of San Francisco’s GGB is a great place to take pictures—such as this July 4th fireworks photo or the panorama just below it—and watch freighters and sailboats cruise under the bridge.
You can enjoy a view from the Marin Headlands that stretches from Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks to The Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island and beyond.
If you visit San Francisco there are many double-decker bus or city tours available that will take you across the bridge or to one of the viewing areas and most wine tours from San Francisco cross the bridge.
Nearly every San Francisco Bay cruise passes under the Golden Gate Bridge for a view you can’t get any other way.
Golden Gate Bridge History
The Golden Gate Bridge, completed after more than four years of construction at a cost of $35 million, opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937 at twelve o’clock noon when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House announcing the event. The GGB opening was ahead of schedule and under budget.
Joseph Baerman Strauss (top section is about the Bay Bridge, scroll down for GGB information) had a dream of building a bridge across the Golden Gate. Cincinnati born and trained with Chicago engineering experience, Strauss built his reputation for bridge building in San Francisco with his Bascule Bridge Co. which was responsible for two historic SF drawbridges still in operation near the AT&T ballpark: the Fourth Street bridge and the “Lefty” O’Doul bridge on Third Street.
Though Strauss only lived a year beyond completion of construction of the GGB he disproved the conventional wisdom of the time;
“No one can bridge the Golden Gate because of insurmountable difficulties which are apparent to all who give thought to the idea.”
Swift currents, deep water and strong winds were the most obvious of the ‘insurmountable difficulties’ Strauss … Read More