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- Dec 3, 2016
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- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Yes- was planning on insulating all 4 walls, but the basement hasn’t dropped below 68 degrees, even in mid winter.Let's be honest here, we're reefers, when do we ever follow the budget? Kidding!
As a side question were you planning on insulating all 4 walls??? I forgot to ask that earlier
What are the goals for enclosing the fish room? Are you planning on finishing the rest of the basement? Do you have a floor plan of the entire basement? Why are you isolating fish room from utility sink? If the basement never got below 68 degrees is insulation necessary?
Depending on your goals it seems as thought there is a lot of money to be saved.
This all makes sense. I agree for $125 the insulation cant hurt. I also agree it seems as though the labor is the best place to save the money. With all these considerations, I think your plan is good. Regarding the window, I would keep it. I would place my wall between the two windows. Access to fresh air is invaluable for a basement sump. They appear to be modern windows and I don't think you gain much by covering them.Aims- not having my tools rust out, my water get contaminated by wood dust, and to stop my two kids messing with tank stuff while they are in the play area immediately adjacent. The long wall for the room closes off part of the basement fir a lounge area. Bottom right of the schematic pic that says ‘double doors’ , a set of double doors will close off the lounge area and my wood shop.
Rest of basement is currently unfinished but is a wood shop and electronics area, and about 10 x15 tote storage and storm shelter-to-be
A 1/4 of the basement directly where the stairs enter is being finished as a lounge area, etc room, kids toys/play area.
The sink / water station is separate because I would lose that footprint inside the room . Having it outside frees up an entire wall where I can get a bench and a frag tank, as well as a 29 g cryptic refugium. Plus I get to use it for non-fish related stuff.
Regarding insulation- it’s $125 to insulate the whole room with r13. I think that’s s decent price for offsetting some electricity cost for more heating.
I don’t think there’s much to be saved in materials cost. It is what it is. Actually, 10% off with contractor pricing so more expensive to diy . However, if I do most of it diy, I can cut labor costs by 2-3 days- that’s where I’ll save the grand. I’ll have them do the things I’d rather not do- like framing, hanging doors and hanging drywall on the ceiling, and I’ll hang the walls, paint and run electrical and ventilation.
It seems like you may have you mind made up on the window. I would still prefer to have the option for direct venting in almost all circumstances. The only room in my home without a window is my boiler room ( i have two 10" ducts bringing in fresh makeup air), and if given the option i would prefer to have a window (in addition to the vents). I don't think you gain much by covering the window.Lol, those windows are 25 year old, single pane, rotting frame, held up by paint pieces of crap. If our HOA wasn’t giving us the runaround about replacements, they’d be gone already
Lol, no problem. It’s funny though- what finally pushed us over the edge of really going for a bigger system is that our two year old is obsessed with everything ocean based. Me and the wife are big time scuba divers, so we have nautical stuff around the house and it’s a theme, but she is really into reef fish. She is going to be a big part of the reef as it maturessorry I had to many windows open and was commenting on a different subject, Looks great by the way
Have Fun!So- worked something out with the contractor. We are doing it in stages, where they will frame and hang ceiling and doors, I will then do floors, plywood walls insulation and paint, then they will do the outside drywall, tape, mud and paint. Will stagger the work by 6 weeks, which means I’ll be done with the room and setting up TTM for new fish so they get through QT just in time for girl #2’s arrival!
First PT bottom plate goes in a week from Saturday. Which means I have to break down, empty and move my 185 gallon sump system from the testing area, then prep the floors for epoxy, and cover the window!