Reciprocating saw: an essential tool for basement remodeling
The job went pretty smoothly- thanks to my new DeWalt reciprocating saw! (Also called by many, a "saws-all".) I got it on sale at Home Depot for about $100, and it came with an extra set of blades (6 in all). The great thing about it is you can mount the blade sideways. This made easy to turn the saw as necessary to cut out the studs- even along the floor. The metal blade made it easy to cut the spikes holding the bottom plate to the concrete floor.
Here's what the space will look like in our finished basement:
The main room will now be about 15x28 which should give us plenty of space for entertaining, and a great place for 'family movie night'!