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Old 12-16-2014, 08:28 AM   #41
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The code official is right. It's an illegal basement. You need prior approval from the town or city.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:12 PM   #42
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I don't know who to believe. I went in and talked to another code official, and he was adamant that it was allowed under the code. Unfortunately my inspector was not there so that he could be persuaded. I even got a permit for a different basement that has 6' 10" ceilings. I jacked up my ceiling so that everything is now a minimum of 6' 8"
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I agree with Tom, fire blocking is in the code, and it should cover the void between sill plate to the top plate.
When I do basements I put fire block before we erect exterior walls.

Now you also have to do a vertical fire block 10' OC

Here is an example
How does that vertical FB work with R10 continuous XPS sheets?
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If the egress is a sticking point, how much room do you have for a bilco door or window.

Also what is your foundation?
1915 around here could be stone, brick, or even poured.
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I was a former BCA member and believe me, this inspector would have his ass handed to him by the board. you can't inspect and play what ifs...
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There is plenty of room for an egress, which I think is required even if there is not a bedroom in the basement. The back where the window would go is in the newer addition, one foot poured walls. The original house is stone and concrete, at least 16" thick.
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Do you have any pictures of what you've done? Here we can sometimes get away with pictures to the inspector without having to knock everything down.
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It's all open, only framing in place. I haven't addressed these issues with the building dept yet, too many other projects to work on my own house. I believe I'm in the right, but I may just dig my floor down in one room 4" and put an egress window for a legal bedroom. The concrete is only an inch thick (house built in 1915). It's on the south side and receives a lot of sun, so would be a huge selling point to this rather small house.

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