Ways To Properly Finish Your Basement

Ways To Properly Finish Your Basement

There are several ways to finishing your basement with properly. Here are some of them. Frame walls of your basement using 2 by 4 treated lumber with studs 16 inches apart. Frame new walls and over existing concrete walls for a finished look and insulated comfort. If space is at a premium, 2 by 2 lumber can be used to frame over foundation walls. Fill the walls. This is the time to run electrical wires to outlets, lighting fixtures, fire alarms and switches while walls are still open. Divert heating vents. Add plumbing, if applicable. Pack insulation in the wall frames, especially outside walls, to prevent the room from being too chilly. Add a vapor barrier, such as plastic, over the insulation. Measure walls for drywall. Make necessary cuts in the drywall sheets for outlets and switches before hanging. Use screws to attach drywall sheets securely to the center of wall studs. Finish walls by applying plaster. Adding a texture to the plaster will mask any imperfections. Allow plaster to dry and paint. Add a ceiling. Suspended or drop ceilings are easier to install than plaster ceilings and allow easy access to plumbing and wiring.

Finish the floor. Most basements have a cement floor. The easiest solution is to paint the cement but the outcome can be a cold floor. Tile is a good choice because of the dampness in a basement, but it is the most expensive and time consuming option since it requires a subfloor. Carpet brings warmth but can hold moisture and needs to be replaced periodically. Use a thick pad if laying carpet to give better cushion. Add baseboards and trim around doors and windows to give a final, fully finished look to your basement.

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