Like everyone else living in the North East with an old house, we have lots and lots of snow and cold each winter. I learned a lot about my house last year. Being built in 1901, and looking like its an addition on an addition on an addition has definitely caused some seriously good times. Or not. Last year right around new years, the crazy cold weather we had froze up my downstairs bathroom and burst all the pipes. This has happened before over time, just no where as extreme. Usually they just froze up and thawed out or only 1 would burst and have to be rerun. Not all of them at once. 2018 is apparently my year of getting stuff done here in the Adirondack State Park. What started off as some winter time digging by hand, lead to kitchen/game room nook insulation and repair, and within 2 weeks (knock on wood) my contractors arrive to dig out my basement!
As already said, old house is old. It has sentimental value and I am not interested in tearing it all down and starting over with new construction. Also being 33 and owning the place free and clear makes this project just a little easier to have some wiggle room financially. What is my project? 1/2 the house seems to be full basement and 1/2 the house is on a very sketchy very improperly built "crawl space". "Crawl space" as in 3 inches off the ground and no crawling can actually be done. Time to fix this properly for once in the history of the property repair log book. After around 8 months of calling around and many no shows/not interested, I finally found a reputable company in the area who has been doing nothing but foundations for the last 40+ years. We agreed on a price, and they should be wrapping up their last job and heading this way hopefully by the end of the week and if not, the very beginning of September at the latest. Were estimating this to take just short of a month, and then its crunch time to get the room roughed in and sheet rocked, flooring, drains, sump pump ect to make yet another North Eastern Game Room ready for winter.
So here is the plan: (the reason I need you guys)
I want to dig out the 1/2 side of the house on the crawl space and were going to punch out the cement wall in the basement to make one large room primarily for nothing but pinball and arcade/video games. Again, the company has an amazing reputation, the code enforcer is involved and permits pulled and ready to go, I just want to make sure we get this built right so that I can upgrade/increase my collection as needed in the future without having to punch out a wall every time I want to buy/bring a machine somewhere.
I have enclosed some pictures to show the craziness of what we are starting with, and hopefully in 2-4 months a finished product. Let me know what you guys think of the dimensions, any tips for floors to ensure proper drainage for pinball games, proper ventilation/humidity control (its a damp basement but no sump pump needed to keep dry, but will still be adding one just in case)
Were going with a 10" x 20" footer, 10" thick cement walls 5' 4' tall with 3 rows of 8" cinder block at the top. This should give enough room to stand up a pinball machine with even a topper and playfield standing straight up for eventual repairs. We are thinking of a 4" floor with the edges sloped to lead to a 4" drain to daylight with sump pump to remove any potential water that did get through the foundation. We will tar the exterior walls and put in 2-3 steel beams to support the ceiling (kitchen floor) since they did not put in floor joists properly on this side of the house. And to finish up, move the house plumbing piping from our way closer to the other side of the basement.
Anything you guys can think of that will save me some heartache in the future? I'm thinking this should be a roughly 500 sq foot addition of good times to be had and would love any incite you all have (considering so many of us have already done this exact project).