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A basement is generally a room or number of rooms in a building, completely or partly below the level of the ground. Design is a sketch or drawing or plan using which something for example basement may be made. When most people think of an addition to their home, they think about adding on to the existing structure. What many seem to forget is that their "addition," already 30% completed, is literally right under their noses, in the basement. Professionally finished basements are a plus whereas nprofessionally finished basements are a minus. You must obtain permits for finishing a basement. Listed below are the types of permits required, depending on the complexity of the project.
Apply for your permits at the Permit Application Center.
1.Building permit for construction of architectural and structural elements.
2.Electrical permit for all electrical installations.
3.Plumbing permit for installations of plumbing and gas piping systems.
4.Mechanical permit is not required to install ductwork in a finished basement. Covenants and Deed Restrictions are regulations set forth by many homeowners or civic associations. Your finished basement will comply with the standard Code (USBC) for residential construction. There are two options for a plan submission; the requirements for each are listed below. When submitting plans, two complete sets are required for review.
A comprehensive set of construction plans must meet the requirements or show the items listed below. 1.Minimum scale of 1/ 4" = 1'-0"; all dimensions must be shown.
2.Minimum sheet size: 8 1/ 2" x 11", no pencil.
3.Name, address, and occupation of the building designer.
4.Layout of the finished basement showing rooms, name and function of each area, and dimensions. See below for sample layout. The following must be completed in a finished basement:
1.Clearances to furnace and hot water heater and louver locations in furnace rooms.
2.Location of stairs, furnace and water heater
3.Electric panel board location and clearance.
4.Location of bathroom-exhaust and smoke alarms.
5.Ceiling height.
6.Emergency egress is required for all finished basements and basement bedrooms regardless of whenthe house was constructed. However, basements with bedrooms are only required to have emergency egress in the bedrooms. Egress may be attained with a walkout door or approved window. Plans must show method of emergency egress. In the case of an egress window, show the height of the sill above the finished floor and window opening dimensions.
1.A window well for basement emergency egress is required when the sill of the egress window is located below exterior grade. Details must include the following:
2.All dimensions including length, width and depth.
3.Ladder details including, width, spacing of rungs, and offset from window well wall.
4.Guard or cover details when window well is more than 30" deep.
5.Complete set of construction documents adequately detailing structural elements of the window well.


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