We have decided to remodel half of our basement a bit in order to create a more useful space. The people who owned the home before us finished the basement. But I will use that term "finished" loosely. In previous projects we have found that there was a fair number of things not quite to code, even though the basement has full permits and passed all inspections. Just goes to show that inspections and permits sometimes mean nothing lol. There were very obvious code violations that were signed off on (not done after the fact) so I can only imagine what we may find in doing this remodel.
Here is a picture of the area we are focusing on. The previous owners made a "crappy" bar to show off the home and make the basement look more finished. This "bar" is nothing but some 2x4 with some quick drywall, some trim, and the countertop is actually just plywood. They painted it all brown. The flooring is laminate cheap junk.