Framing a Basement

Learn how easy framing a basement can be.

Framing a Basement

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For starters, framing a basement is much easier if you have some carpentry experience. Learning how to frame a basement can save you and your friends a lot of money.  If you have no experience working with wood, don’t worry. Anyone can learn how to frame basement walls if they are motivated enough and put enough time and effort into it.

Many new homeowners have unfinished basements and would like to turn them into a recreation room, living room, laundry room or all of the above. There are two primary stages that must be done in order when finishing a basement. The first is to frame the exterior walls and the second is to section off the individual rooms by framing the interior walls. The exterior walls are used to hold insulation which helps make the basement warmer and more comfortable to be in. They also hide the ugly concrete walls and provide a surface on which paint, wallpaper or panelling can be applied. The most important function of the outside basement walls is to make the basement a comfortable living area.

Framing a Basement Window

Framing a Basement Window

Wooden studs with a size of 2X4 should be used for the exterior framing so that there is enough space for a large piece of insulation. The insulation will fit between the studs and act as a barrier between the concrete foundation wall and the inside drywall layer.

Wooden 2X4 studs will also be used to frame the interior walls to keep the framing consistent. However, they usually do not need insulation in them unless you are planning on including a cold room or cold storage area. If you are interested in soundproofing some of the walls, adding insulation is one of the cheapest way to provide noise reduction. Framing basement walls is a tough job but when it is complete it will have added significant value to your home and you will be rewarded with a comfortable, functional basement.


Written by jayray2

April 6, 2011 at 3:08 am

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