Basement Finishing

These customers decided to make use of their basement space by having it finished off.

The first step was to remove the existing 'perimeter' insulation and building the new stud walls.

For basement walls, I generally use a combination of 3-5/8" metal studs and 2" x 4" studs. Despite what Mike Holmes might lead you to believe, the metal studs work great for non load bearing walls, as they stay straight & true over the long term, without warping or twisting (as wood studs may). The 2" x 4"s are used around door & window openings as well as wherever an electrical receptacle or light switch is to be mounted.

R-12 insulating batts are installed between the studs. Beyond that, I always make sure to 'clean up' between the floor joists (where they meet the outside walls) to make sure there is the required minimum R-20 insulation in there. Usually, the builder only does a marginal job in this area, at best. That, and to make sure there is more insulation than gaps. Beyond that, I always place more insulation behind the electrical receptacles/switches to ensure a continuous thermal break form the outside air.

Drywall is installed & finished off.

Note the direct vent gas fireplace that was installed in the corner. These fireplace units can be installed on virtually any exterior wall, giving homeowners flexibility in their design choices.


This house was originally built with the plumbing drains roughed in for a basic washroom layout. The custom plan called for the drains to be relocated to accommodate the fixture placements.


A view towards the front of the house.


In the following photos, one will see how the unsightly steel post was favorably covered to make it part of the design element.


The stand up shower stall in the washroom was constructed with the use of 1/2" concrete board. This material is applied to the lower portions of the walls where the most water contact will be.


With the drywall finished & primed, the trim and doors were installed. Here, one can also see the wainscoting that was applied to the walls.


The finished room, with all paint applied & ready for the customer installed broadloom.


The fireplace was finished off with a handsome tile border.


Looking towards the washroom, the effect of the wainscoting and post cover can be appreciated.


The finished shower stall in the washroom.

Note the marble jambs around the entire shower door opening. These are continuous pieces of marble, with no seams, thus minimizing the potential of water penetration.


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