Leading up from the basement, the French drain continues into the the ground-level room, which is next to the garage and mud room. I have been calling this the “Bonus Room” because it can be used for anything. We’re considering using it as a TV Room (install the flat screen on the wall). Other people with this layout, use this room as an office for their home-based business.
The French drain was paramount here because there used to be moisture under the double windows, which was due to the original old, rotted out gutters on the house. I took this photo walking up the steps from the basement. The 1960’s-style railing will be removed and John will frame out a wall in place of it. Right now, while under construction, things are stored here.
Before: John added the “clean” 3/4 stone…
He then added the waffle-like material, mixed the concrete (as he did in the basement) and poured it.
AFTER: The “Bonus Room’s” French drain is finished.
With the stacked 2×4’s, it’s time to frame out the west side/garage wall so that insulation can be added as well as adding the wall where the old railing is located.