Let the planning begin!
The basement is unfinished - but clean and dry. I've water sealed all the seams and I've removed all the bat insulation and replaced it with spray foam in all the rim joists. Temperature holds a very steady - it's well sealed. There are three hopper windows on the far end of the space (I'll be replacing these with new windows). We've built a small pantry area between the stairs and electrical box and have a fridge and freezer next to the furnace. The ceiling joists at highest are 7' with mechanicals as low as 6'. The stair doesn't meet local code either. There is evidence the county made a previous occupant tear out finishings - so I'm gonna take a less substantial approach to building this out.
I'm in the process of installing walls around furnace / pantry area as shown in diagram. I will then spray the ceilings black. I'll be removing current ceiling electrical which is patched in from older circuits - and I'll run a new circuit for all but the basement stairs. I'll install LED lighting across the space. I know I want a hang-out area at the base of the stairs - maybe a small bar and tv.
Open to ideas on design. I plan to use Code 138 rail but Scale Wheels - minimum 36" radius.
I've got 25' along the windowed wall. The windows base at about 62". I was thinking 50" deck height.
There's 18' from the exterior wall to the wall I'm building behind the Furnace / WH.
The water main comes in at 13' from the windowed wall - so I'll need to stay away from that.
There's a round post holding the beam at 10' from the windowed wall.