Ok, so I am starting to think that my idea of a basement playroom for the kids is never going to happen...this was after I made a trip to the building department to pull a permit....trying to do it the right way. Sorry for the rant... Basically, I was looking to finish 1/2 of my basement...into one large room for the kids. My plan was to drylok the entire basement, insulate, and then stud and drywall. I was going to add electric and another zone for heat. (Don't worry, got all the correct info on insulation from hearth folks here, so greatly appreciated) Met with the building inspector, and ran into a few problems: Basement is not waterproofed.....I explained to him that I was going to Dry Lok the entire basement, sent him the spec sheet.....not sure if that is going to cut it. If that doesn't cut it, I will need a soil test done outside the foundation to make sure drainage is ok. (No signs of water ever in the basement, but run dehumidifier in the summer) Basement needs 4% of the area to be natural ventilation. Only have 2 small windows and an insulated door into a bulkead, so it doesn't meet code. I have forced hot water for heat, so now I would need to put in a mechnical ventilation device. Landing of the stairs needs to be 36X36 at the base, but since the builder decided to put the well line right at the landing of the stairs, I don't have the clearance....built the wall at the landing on a small angle to hide the well piping, and inspector said it wouldn't cut it. So, took down the wall, built it straight, and was going to box the piping in under a platform, but then I would not have 6'6" of clearance from the top of ceiling to the floor. I've been looking as the Mass construction code, and I just don't see this project as happening, as budget is a concern. I guess my question is can I just pull a permit for the electrical (new lights and outlets) and plumbing (3rd zone off boiler)? The only walls I am framing are the perimiter walls along the insulation (not structural) and one dividing wall between the utility area and the finished area..again, this is non structural I really don't care on resale if the basement is considered finished or not.....as my budget for the process was going to be about $5500 as I was going to do everything except the electrical and plumbing run. What I did want to do is to have the permit done for the electrical and plumbing, as if we ever sell the house things will be in order. Just seems that more I read the building code, I am going to find more and more things that we not in the original plans.