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Jimmy P 05-05-2009 06:32 PM

Walkout basement door construction
 
Hey guys, first post here! I am an average DYI type of guy, but I dont mind paying someone to do the job when I know that it is out of my league. I think this job might be out of my leage! We have an older house, possably built in the early 1900's. Its has a stone foundation, as you can see in the pictures below. I want to make a hometheater/play room in the basement, and wouldn't mind having a seperate door to it. Rigth now the only way to enter the basement is from inside the house.
I want to ask if you guys think a job like this is possible. I want to build it on the side out of the house, which currently has cement. I would have to brake the cement, and dig out a pit. Then cut the stone foundation out, or even possibly knock the stones out. I would use the part that already has a window on it, so I can possibly use that wooden header, although it is kind of low. Another thing that I am concerend about is the drainage..
That may be a big deal in iself, as the drain the basement is about 25 feet away from where the door would be. I wouldn't want to break 25 feet of the basement floor and run pipes that would then meet the stack..How about a sump pump of some sort? What do you guys think about the project overall? Doable?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...propics032.jpg
This isn't the window/wall that will be used. I took it so you guys have a good idea of what the foundation wall looks like.


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...propics034.jpg
This is the window that I would like the door to be on. See how that wall is on an angle? The wall itself is only about 5 feet long. Would cutting out a good amount of it make that wall unstructurally sound?



http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...propics035.jpg
Close up picture of how it looks on the ouside.


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...propics036.jpg
Farther back view of how it looks on the outside. So we aren't taking too much space from the gangway, I would want the stairway to hug the house.

GBR 05-06-2009 08:37 PM

Yep, hire a structural engineer! That wall is probably figured into the structural loading of the floor plan above. This is a major undertaking where a lot could go wrong. You may be able to do the work, but ask a pro (S.E.), what that involves. Be safe, G

spaz2965 06-25-2009 08:19 PM

a bilco would be the only thing I would sugest, a concrete lintel, but from the looks of it you are not going to have the room.


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