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Basement as a garage/shop space

Posted by mikedc (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 29, 07 at 8:53

I am planning to renovate the unfinished basement in my 100 yr old row house. The space is what I would call a basement (not a walk-out but mostly under ground) I want to use half of the area for living space (rec. room, bathroom) and the other half as a shop space that I can store and repair motorcycles, lawn mowers etc. I have an oil fired boiler and gas water heater that I plan to replace with electric models and locate them in a small room in the living space. If I consider it an attached garage with living space above, I know there are requirements for fire resistant sheet rock, a fire rated door, etc. Some of the things I am not sure about are if I have to install a special fire wall, vapor sealing, ventilation, or anything else to make it safe. Does anyone have experience with attached garages especially in a basement?

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RE: Basement as a garage/shop space

You'll have to check with your local codes about fire wall regs, etc. You'll want to ventilate it really well, such as with a fan or something, otherwise the odors and fumes WILL get into the house. If you are going to work with, and store any flammable liquids, I recommend a flammables storage cabinet, which is designed to safely contain these chemicals, and a good, large fire extinguisher (or two). Industrial suppliers, such as Grainger and MSC carry the cabinets.

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