UPDATE 3: Framing
The new Lower Level and Kid’s Bath are taking shape as we begin framing.
The original basement wall material posed a remodeling challenge. All of the walls of the Lower Level are concrete block, so they had to be furred out (using strips of wood or metal) to create space for electrical in the wall, and structure for drywall. We also installed proper energy walls so we could insulate the space adequately.
We also increased a doorway opening to tie the new Game Room and Family Room together. To achieve the wider opening a structural header is required to support the 2 stories above.
The crumbling plaster and lathe in the Lower Level was removed. All new drywall will be installed (walls and ceiling) in the Lower Level and Kids Bath.