Nice! Um… where’s the door?

Being an area that’s been flat-out nuts in the housing market the last five plus years, I’m betting we have a good number of folks here who have purchased houses and had work done on them. So I have a funky question – has anyone reading this ever had an external entrance added to a basement?

My darling girlfriend and I are looking around at housing – both rentals and purchases – and we came across a property that was very nice, except the basement had no outside access. Being as the basement will be where the woodshop will live, this is somewhat of a problem. Could I pass lumber in and out of a window? Yes. Do I hate myself enough to do so? Probably not.

So, have any of you or anyone you knew ever had an additional entrance put into a home? It can be done, of course, but I wonder how weird an occurrence it is. Would Joe Average contractor have done it before? I’ve done a lot of construction in my life but I’ve never retrofit a door into an outside wall, much less one that’s partially below ground level. In my home town we call the area below ground level “underwater.”

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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