Old 04-16-01, 01:07 PM
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Hello All,

I desire to finish my basement. The contractor completed the Bathroom and fastened foil-faced insulation around the walls of the basement.

What is the best means of completing this project. I assumed that the hardest part was completed.


Old 04-16-01, 01:27 PM
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My basement was the same way, but without the bathroom finished. I actually ripped down the foil insulation, pried out all the anchors, and built the walls from scratch. If you don't mind losing a couple inches of space, just press the studs into the insulation that's there, secure them top and bottom, and think about adding new insulation in the stud bays. You'll also need a vapor barrier.
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Having the bathroom finished is a great start. But there is still a lot of work to do.

(1) Make a design. Deal with moisture problems if any.
(2) Get building permit.
(3) Enlarge windows as required to meet egress codes.
(4) Frame perimeter stud walls (as Matt said, in front of the current insulation or after removing it).
(5) Frame interior walls.
(6) Frame all the soffits around pipes and ducts on the ceiling.
(7) Run heating ducts for registers and returns.
(8) Do the rough electrical, including all the wire, the boxes, any can lights, and some power supply (new circuits from the main panel, or a subpanel).
(9) Get an inspection of framing, heating, and electrical.
(10) Insulate exterior walls if necessary.
(11) Install vapor barrier.
(12) Drywall ceiling (if you're not going to use a drop ceiling).
(13) Drywall walls.
(14) Tape and mud drywall.
(15) Prime the drywall.
(16) Install suspended ceiling if you didn't drywall it.
(17) Paint.
(18) Paint and hang interior doors.
(18) Install trim (baseboard, casings) and paint or stain.
(19) Electrical trimout (switches, receptables, lights).
(20) Install flooring.
(21) Final inspection.

Have fun.

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