22 Jun '13, 12am

Zone 5 Basement buildout - any suggestions for my plan? #green

We are in Zone 5 (Spokane, WA). House is 1930 Cape Cod style brick veneer. The basement is concrete and is in good condition (according to the home inspector 4+ years ago...). There is some efflorescence along what I assume is the frost line a foot or so above the cement floor. There are no bulk water issues that I can see. Actually, it's been raining for 3 days straight and I haven't had any dampness or bulk water problems. The grading on the exterior is OK, but I am going to improve the situation with some gutters in a couple places. Drainage in the yard is good and the house itself is perched up on a subtle hill with the yard grading away on all four sides. Previous owners finished about a quarter of the basement with a new full bath and laundry. Concrete floor was cut into and new plumbing/drain was put in for that as well as the kitchen and bathroom on the first floor...

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