Basement Construction


Basement drywalling is raising popularity among the home owners. There are several critical points against it. Many experts says that it is not going to stay long and not at all capable enough to replace plaster. Call it Drywall or Sheet rock or wallboard or gypsum wallboard or plaster board. Drywall is a construction material which is used to make many things, especially Ceilings and Wall. Drywall is made up of Gypsum.

Advantages of basement drywalling

Instead of plaster these days’ people prefer Drywall. There are several reasons for this.

  • It is quick and easy to install. It takes only couple of days to install drywall.
  • It is highly durable.
  • It is easy to repair.
  • It is used to conceal steel beams and complete masonry walls above the ceiling of basement.
  • It is fire resistant.

There are several types of Drywall manufactured by Gypsum companies. These Drywalls are installed according to the situation. They also manufacture and supply a regular drywall which is common to several situations. Which one suits your basement? Let us find out. Before that, take the measurements of your basement to estimate how many sheets you exactly need. Whatever be the type of drywall, you must finish it properly with paint and other additives.

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  • Joint compound:  It is used for finishing work.
  • Drywall mud:  It is applied over paper drywall tape. Drywall seams are very popular while hanging the drywall sheets. With the help of this tape you can easily conceal the seams.

Types of basement drywalling

  • Moisture Resistant Drywall:  You can apply them in basement bathroom, basement kitchen and basement laundry.
  • Fire resistant Drywall:  It is highly recommended for garages and rooms with furnaces.
  • Abuse resistant Drywall:  Often used in commercial buildings and basement workshops.

Three simple steps to finish basement drywall installation

This task is not that difficult as it seems to be. In fact Drywalls are manufactured to solve the labor and skill problem related with the plastered wall. The steps are quite simple and quick. Take help of the manual provided with the drywall sheet by the manufacturers.

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Once you are done with the basement wall, all you need to know is how to insulate basement walls? Why basement insulation is done? It is done to make your basement comfortable and cozy. Insulation keeps your basement cool during summer and hot during winters. To insulate the wall cavities R20 fiberglass insulation is the most accepted one.

Insulations are of various kinds

  • Interior wall insulation:  This is done to create a cold room if you are planning for food storage in your basement.
  • Soundproof insulation:  This is done to reduce noise. It stops noise from bleeding into other floors. Most of the time Home Theater and laundry requires sound proofing.
  • Blankets Insulation:  It is considered as the most affordable insulation. Use it on standard joists, rafters or in between studs. The spacing between the studs for blanket insulation should be 16-24 inches.

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Basement framing is done before remodeling it. It increases value of your basement. Basement framing is done to secure the concrete, conceal the plumbing, electric and HVAC components. Basement framing also provides support to electrical appliances. Duct work for heating and air conditioning needs to be concealed by bulk head framing. Do not forget to frame around the windows. How much framing your basement requires depends upon your project? Suppose if you want to build a family living room then framing is done only to support drywall or paneling. For extensive theme like home theater basement, requires more framing for insulation and sound proofing. If you want to achieve the layout of your choice in your basement then you must plan in advance. To make your work easy, here are some basement framing tips.

For basement framing we need

  • Concrete nails
  • Concrete screws
  • Expanding anchors 

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Basement finishing cost is nearly 50 percent lesser than external home renovation. Before calculating total basement finishing cost you should consider these points. Whether you have to finish your incomplete basement or start from the scratch, you can do it yourself. If you are not good at handy work then you may need some worker or only a professional can do this task. Basement theme that is whether it is going to be a bedroom or bathroom or kitchen matters a lot. If you are good at handy work then you can easily remodel your basement. This saves your money. According to a 2005 survey an estimated cost to finish a basement is $51,000. The majority of basement finishing cost is labor wages whereas materials cost is only 20- 25%. It is also worth noticing that basement finishing cost increases by 7% per year. It also depends upon your location as every where market price differs for everything.

Factors which includes in basement finishing cost are:

  • Design
  • Contractor
  • Materials
  • Equipments to be installed
  • Geographical location of your house.

DIY basement finishing cost

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These basement ceiling ideas presents elegance and beauty. These all are secondary ceilings which are hung below the main ceiling. They all have enough capability to turn your old basement into new. Before choosing among the following ideas you must know that what you want exactly for your basement. Take care of common factors like function, cost and other priorities and then move ahead with your own style which you want to install in your basement through these ceilings. 

Faux Ceiling Beams

Faux Ceiling Beams is my first choice due its easy installation and it’s after effects. Faux ceiling beams can make your basement look spacious.

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Who does not desire for a safe and well designed staircase? Every part of your basement complements it, if it is in tune with its design. Besides being such a prominent element of your basement, stairs also glorifies it. It is the entry way to your basement. Remember, first impression leaves a mark on a visitor’s mind. There are several basement stairs ideas which help you in keeping that impression everlasting one.

Some ideas to revamp the dull basement stairs

Give it a finishing touch

Now consider your own factors to refinish the basement. You can choose among the several materials depending upon your budget and location of basement. You can use concrete tiles to finish the basement staircase. Painting is equally well if you are going through a tight budget phase. Paint on your basement surface not only beautifies but can tune according to your basement theme. You can paint with the color which is according to your basement theme. Stain them or give it a natural look by the use of bamboo or hardwood. Prefinished treads are also available in the market to do the task in much lesser time.

Let us beautify the entry way

Did you notice the wall surrounding the staircase? Work upon this wall to décor the basement staircase. Either paint them or make use of complementing lighting. Recessed lighting is best to décor the basement. Light colors are most preferred and dark colors are mostly avoided in the basement. This is just to give you a brainy tip, you can go for various shades of dark colors. Spice these walls with various décor pieces such as wall hanging, etc.

Basement stairs ideas for the railing

Paint the railing either with the color which contrasts the surrounding wall or the matching fits equally. Do not neglect the walls surrounding the stairs while paneling the basement walls. Stair rails are available in the market according to several basement themes.

Some stair rails are:

Hand railing

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Lighting creates mood in the increased space of your house. It can be much more than just a gloomy and useless place of your house. There are several basement lighting ideas to remind us that how functional and dynamic this space can be. This is one of the most challenging tasks to boost the effect of décor of the room with the help of lighting. This dark area of your place can be easily converted into a useful living space of your house.

Let us start with the cheapest but effective ways to lighten your basement

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Basement wall Paneling is a treat to an inherently moist area of your house. It prevents moisture and thus prevents the farming of mold right under your feet. So if you really want to preserve the utility of your room, go for basement wall panels. A basement with wall panels is no where less than any designer basement. These days’ manufacturers are providing basement with several aesthetic designs. Easy installation and removal of basement wall panel makes it flexible to change whenever you wish to change your basement design. Basement wall panels are an absolutely do-it-yourself. The guide provided by the manufacturers also specifies the methods to safe guard your wall panels. Besides, it provides insulation and hides the concrete walls. Basement wall paneling is one of the most important steps in basement construction.

Basement wall panel comes in several varieties in terms of design and material.

Things to consider while buying basement wall panel

  1. Waterproof
  2. Installation process
  3. Cost: Generally it is not too high.
  4. Material involved in its construction.

Installation steps in Basement Wall Paneling

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  1. Measure your basement properly.
  2. Scrub the surfaces with the soapy water to prepare it for paneling. This removes any type of residue present on the walls. Scrub away any type of soil gathered on the wall. The wall panel stays only on the smooth surface.
  3. Finish your basement walls. For this you have to coat the wall. Let it get dry and then apply waterproof coat. Ensure special coating on the window borders and other edges. This is done to make sure perfect waterproofing on basement walls. Apply plastic vapor barriers on the wall to ensure further safety of wall panels. If you do not organize your wall surface prior to basement wall paneling then there are chances of its peel off.
  4. Make sure to keep the basement wall panels in position. This can be easily done with the help of vertical and horizontal fir strips. If you are not good at handy work then do not hesitate to take the help of a carpenter. Basement wall panel can come off the wall easily if not placed properly. Take cautions!
  5. Glue the prepared wall panels on the walls. Place more amount of glue at the edges. Make use of panel nail to support the wall panels otherwise there are chances of peel off. You can remove nails after the glue get dried up.
  6. Air out basement properly before you move further interior decoration. This lets the glue dried up and also makes the basement free of toxic fumes of glue.

Some popular Basement wall panels

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Best Basement Flooring Options are the combination of practicality and innovation. Always choose such material for basement flooring which can be easily cleaned and dried.

Ideal Basement Flooring options: These are those which have 100% inorganic material, 100% waterproof, easy to repair, easy to install (DIY), provide warmth, adds a style, and easy to remove for water seepage. To reach near to ideal basement flooring you have to spend big bucks.

Few things which must be considered for basement flooring

  • Level of humidity.
  • Material of existing basement floor.
  • Moisture seeps through the basement floor or not.
  • Budget: In low budget circumstances, Linoleum or Laminate must be preferred.
  • Function of the basement in future. Suppose that if your basement is to be used by kids in near future then you must look for the flooring which is easy to clean, for example tile or something soft like cork flooring.
  • Eco-friendly: Bamboo or cork is an eco-friendly material.
  • Health concerns: Is there any one in your family who is suffering from asthma, allergies, or chemical sensitivities? Go for Bamboo or cork.

Moisture resistant basement

  1. Sloping:  Provide a proper slope to your basement so that water should always move away from basement. A proper installation of drainage system always prevents moisture.
  2. A moisture test on slab is a must-to-do for basement construction.
  3. Permeability rating: It should be as low as possible to keep the passage of water through the material low.

Basement Flooring Options

Add a pinch of style to your basement flooring with these materials. These basement flooring options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Any ways it depends entirely on function and geographical location of your basement. Choose them according to your own priority list.

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