Considering a basement remodel then you’re probably looking for a comfortable environment with excellent storage. Many homes are built with unfinished basements, families are often looking to add a comfortable family living space with great storage to accommodate their family needs and add value to their homes. You will need to consider all of the following when planning for basement wall construction:
• What kind of Construction was used to form the Perimeter Walls?
• What Condition is the Perimeter Wall Currently In?
• How are you going to prepare the perimeter walls for construction?
• Working around permanent basement structures, installing Plates, installing Studs, installing electrical, adding built in storage and dry walling are all important considerations.
Common Perimeter Basement Wall Construction
Basements can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes at they provide the foundation, footprint, and utility access for the home. The two most common construction techniques for basement perimeter walls is concrete block construction or pour concrete construction. If the home is old enough it may have been built with a stone wall foundation.
Condition of Perimeter Walls
Before the built out begins, it is worth checking the condition of the perimeter walls for cracks, moisture, mildew or mold. It is best to check for bowing in the walls before any additional work is performed. Were the walls properly sealed from moisture, is there any maintenance work the needs to be down before construction begins.
Many newer basements may already have moisture barriers and insulation in place and some may have been dry walled ready to build out based on the new homeowner’s wants and needs. If the perimeter walls have been finished what kind of finishing were use and what kind of insulation was used. If it was down correctly you will only need to decide on the interior foot print and placement of your interior walls.
Preparing the Perimeter Walls for Finishing
If your perimeter walls were left unfinished then you have one of two choices to provide a moisture seal and insulation that is necessary for including the basement dimension in overall living space for the home. The most economical way is to use furring strips with sprayed foam insulation, when down properly this can provide an easy and efficient technique to add additional square footage to the home.
If you have built in storage in mind this will not be the method you will want to choose. When storage is a big consideration than a more traditional stud and dry wall can provide versatility. With a little consideration, it can be amazing how much additional storage can be provided within the basement living space when planned for properly.
Both the perimeter walls as well as the interior wall placement can provide beautiful storage with a built in professional look. The built in storage can provide Shelves, door access, decorative built in cubbies, or can provide for a complete entertainment set up with surround sound. If desired the storage can provide closed Hanging storage or even built in draws depending on the needs of the family.
Working around Permanent Structures
Although prefabricated walls can be a consideration permanent structures may require varied dimensional considerations and if built in storage is the desired goals then building them in place will require installation of top plate’s perpendicular to the floor joists and parallel piece on the concrete floor. The next step will be to install the studs for the basement wall construction. Next the electrical points will need to be established and wired. Any special built in storage should be completed before the final dry wall is put up and finished.