An Open Floor Plan Quickens Demo

Before White Crane crews arrived on-site, our clients removed all their belongings from the lower level. With a newly bare basement, we could start the necessary demolition to kick-off the 55 day construction schedule. The open nature of the existing plan, though not especially functional or cozy to our clients, actually helped in making demolition a pretty fast process, as major walls did not need to be removed.

Plans for the remodel call for all new plush carpeting on the stair treads and risers, freshly painted walls, and sophisticated hand rail. Existing carpeting is now removed along with the family's storage racks.

New Trenches for New Plumbing

We quickly removed the lattice along the stair, threw out the old carpeting, and then started removing select areas of concrete flooring for underground plumbing and all new drain tiles. Removing areas of concrete allowed us to dig the necessary trench for new 3” plumbing lines to connect with existing city sewer lines beyond the home. Along the concrete floor, plumbers mark the new trench locations with orange spray paint as an indicator of where the concrete will need to be removed and channels dug, allowing our plumbing crew to install all new pvc piping.

To create a sophisticated and private entry from the main level to the lower level, we removed the stair lattice and will replace it with a newly framed wall.

Planning for Efficiency

When reimagining the basement, our designers created a plan to work around existing pipes and HVAC equipment to minimize demo and replacement costs. Though dropped HVAC trunks and old pipes seem menacing, the cost savings of maintaining them at their current locations help extend our clients’ budget. Simple moves like changing the location of the washer and dryer and roughing in bathroom plumbing become more approachable when large plumbing stacks and mechanical systems don’t also have to be completely removed or replaced.

To conserve budget, the dropped mechanical ducts as well as the plumbing stack beyond will not be removed. The ducts will be hidden within dropped drywall soffits with an appropriate ceiling height for a cozy seating area just below. A clever storage nook will hide the plumbing stack and become a lovely feature of the room.
We're consolidating the mechanical equipment and laundry area into a single zone. We'll be moving the washer and dryer alongside the water heater and enclosing the room to make space for an all new bedroom and bathroom.
During demo, all the removed dirt, concrete, and miscellaneous building products get removed from the home and disposed of in a sizable dumpster, keeping the site and neighborhood clean during each stage of the construction process.

Up Next…Look inside framing the new basement layout in this 1930’s South Minneapolis Basement Remodel.