Having a basement in your home can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, having a finished basement complete with bathroom, media room, and office can be a great thing to have. However, on the other hand an unfinished basement can leave your home feeling cold, scary, and leave it lacking in character.
However, you'd be surprised to know that framing basement walls are not that difficult at all. Whether you're planning an escape from your family or a room where you can all enjoy each others company, use these easy steps to frame your basement walls.
Framing your own walls works best if you have general carpentry knowledge and skills, are a former general contractor, or just plain know a thing or two about framing and carpentry.
Always reference building codes before beginning a framing project because there might be some things you'd be surprised to know. To begin, always select the straightest 2"x4" lumber.
The basic construction is much like a wooden board sandwich; you will have one board laying flat against the concrete floor and one laying flat against the ceiling. These two boards will run parallel to each other with boards that stand between them which we will refer to as "studs."
In order to begin, you must first secure your baseboard (the one on the floor) with concrete nails. Remember that once you secure your board there is no moving it, so ensure that it is exactly where it should be before you begin nailing.
Next you must place and secure the top plate (the 2"x4" board on the ceiling) and the best way to go about this is to use a nail gun; hammering upside down is neither a good idea nor is it fun.
Once both plates are in place, place your first stud between the two plates and begin nailing them and securing them together; your four corners should be first. This might sound easy, but there should be a stud every 16" and all this work will probably call for a lemonade break at some point.
Ensure that when you are securing your studs that they fit snugly, but don't bow as it will create unwanted pressure and ruin the final product. Once you are done framing, you will want to lay out where you would like your electrical outlets.
At this point, anyone who is not experienced with electrical work should probably not be messing with it and truth be told, it is very wise to leave this type of work to the professionals.
Finally, any interior partitions that you might like to take care of are framed much in the same manner. While these are general guidelines, there is always more detailed information available from professionals. However, doing it yourself can be surprisingly easy and save you a ton of money both in materials and labor work.
After the framing you must insulate and Sheetrock. If your basement has all ready been insulated it's most likely not necessary to do it again, however if you would like to achieve the actual "finished" basement look, it is necessary to Sheetrock properly. This is also a surprisingly simple job that can be both fun and messy.