[quote author=halo0 link=topic=160859.msg3418317#msg3418317 date=1258322013]
That wall looks like it would be hella fun to take a sledge hammer to.
Oh yes. Trust me, I want to. First time I parked the mustang in the garage I was cursing the wall like crazy. But I think a jack hammer is more in order, that shits solid concrete. It's the old foundation of the house. The garage and the living room were an add on in the 1950's or something like that.
Given time, and money, and depending on what the lady and I decide to do in the future as far as moving into a different house in a few years, or having more kids, I'd like to get a remodel done on the basement and garage.
What I would like to do, is dig the floor of the basement out another foot or so beneath the house, to allow for more headroom so a drop ceiling system could be installed, and then modify the stairway into the basement so you wouldn't have to duck coming down the stairs to avoid hitting your head. In the process install a sump pump / french drain around the perimeter of the basement and level out the basement floor so any potential water issues wouldn't be a problem and would allow for a level surface. Install hardwood / pergo floors, and add a bathroom, plus close off the furnace and AC units into a seperate utility room, same with the washer and dryer. And then I could potentially use the rest of the basement for a proper man cave, and perhaps add another bedroom. As far as the garage, turn it into a 2 car garage, and add a deck.
But, as always, shit in one hand, wish in the other, see which fills up first. I can easily imagine a project of that undertaking costing $75k at the bare minimum.