Many thanks, Victor. I'm guessing that I added about 350 pounds to the load on that floor. But when you think about it, 350 pounds is the approximate equivalent of two people standing in that room, plus there's no heavy furniture like beds, dresser, wardrobe, etc. No insurance issues thus far...
Yes, I'm definitely an addict when it comes to plants--pretty compulsive! Glad I have a BW who keeps me in check! :-)
Brilliant! But I'm hiding this article from DH... for now...
How much of the room's "footprint" did the cottage "rooms" take up? I couldn't tell for sure, but am guessing they were either 4 or 5 feet wide, leaving you, hmmm... 10x15 feet to play with?
There's a nook of our basement (under our "morning room" upstairs -- which is crammed with plants, especially in winter) where I want to do something rather similar someday, only with a hot tub included... mmmmm
Ooooo, Jill...a hot tub! Now why didn't I think of that?! Do you suppose I could convince my BW to do her sewing elsewhere? :-)
Both cottage halves come out from the bedroom wall 55.5 inches. While that doesn't sound like much, I was pleasantly surprised what one can do, install, and store in that amount of space. The fronts of the sewing and storage parts are 79.5 inches and 60.5 inches, respectively. The entryway is 43 inches. If you do the math, the room is actually 15.25 feet. While the builders of the house built a very solid structure, they didn't fuss too much about precision! :-)
When you're ready to start building, I'll be standing by, ready to help, if needed. Larry
Did you put up "greenwall" (the water-resistant type of drywall, the kind they use in bathrooms) on the floors and ceilings, or is humidity not that much of an issue?
I'm contemplating the best way to keep excess humidity out of the floor joists, as the basement ceiling is unfinished (bare rafters). I plan to (remember this is a "someday" plan, LOL) use glass blocks to divide the tropical hot tub room off from the rest of the basement. We did put in a couple of extra windows, so there's pretty good light in there already despite its elevation, but I'll still add more ceiling lights as you did.
You might want to take a peek at this thread (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/814925/, where I address the mold and mildew issue. Two of the garden's walls are brick on which I used a sealer. The other two walls are still the original lath and horsehair plaster. I've had no problems with them either. I think for your basement location, greenwall would be a good idea. Is your basement naturally humid to the point where you have to use a dehumidifier in the summer?
We use a dehumidifier for the whole house in summer... Maryland is humid! Greenwall is probably prudent. Glad to know you haven't had a problem, and thanks for the link... I'll look forward to reading more! :-)