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Can I finish by basement when the current height is 6ft 6-7"

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Posted by: from Ottawa
10/21/2020 at 11:26:10 AM

I am looking to finish my basement. It is in an old 1940 house in ottawa and the basement height is 6ft 6-7". I would like to finish all the walls with drywall and potentially put in a bathroom.

Can I finish by basement when the current height is 6ft 6-7"?

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Date/Time10/21/2020 at 11:31:43 AM

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John from KJRenos in Trenton
Date/Time10/21/2020 at 2:42:12 PM

Hi Finn

There's no reason why cant finish basement .height is reasobable .

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Date/Time10/21/2020 at 3:19:39 PM

Hi Fin,

There shouldn't be any issues finishing you basement but you cannot make it legal . It means that to be legal you have to meet your city bylaw requirements and that you can check with your local municipality. You can hire licensed electrician and plumbers and all the work can be legal but not sure if your basement meets the requirements of Ottawa bylaws. If Ist is for your pleasure only and not with the intention of renting you can finish it.

I hope that helps

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Richard in Edmonton
Date/Time10/21/2020 at 5:22:08 PM

The general rules for dwellings is 2.1 m; however an exception is made for secondary suites which are allowed to be reduced to 1.95 m (6'5"). No doubt there will be some bulkheads as well - hopefully they don't interfere with travel paths.

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Date/Time10/27/2020 at 11:34:09 AM

Hi Finn,

In Ontario under the current building code, a finished basement is required to have 2100mm or about 6'10 5/8" ceiling height over 75% of the basement except that under beams and ducts the finished height can be reduced to 1950mm or about 6'4 3/4".

Unfortunately this means that your overall ceiling height of 6'6" or 6'7" would not meet the requirements and would require underpinning of the area to comply.

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