Owning a home with a basement can add value to your home should the basement be finished and include livable space. A home without a finished basement has less square footage of living space than a home with a finished basement. A basement can be finished with construction of the home, by a hired contractor well after the home has been built, or by the homeowner as a do-it-yourself project. The project, if done by the homeowner, can save the owner a little bit of money by not hiring a contractor. The homeowner will only need to purchase the materials for the job, but will not have to also pay for a contractor should they decide to finish a basement with poured cement walls. A basement with concrete walls can be finished into beautiful living space using some easily attainable supplies available from online retailers such as www.arc-rite.co.uk.
Option One: Framing a Wall
The first of two, and most common option, is to build a conventional framed wall. This will require the homeowner to purchase 2x4's to frame the basement walls from corner to corner. The 2x4's should be mounted to pressure treated 2x4 bottom plates while the tops of the 2x4's are mounted to the ceiling joists for support. The walls should then be filled with fiberglass insulation. Building a conventional wall with 2x4's leaves plenty of room for electrical work, should you need to construct outlets and light switches in the basement. The major negative of this option is that each wall takes 6 inches away from the perimeter of the basement flooring.
Option Two: 2x2 Furring Strips with Foam
The second and least popular option in this guide is using 2x2 furring strips with foam. This option is used by homeowners who wish to preserve as much floor space as possible by using 2x2's instead of 2x4's to finish the basement. The 2x2 should be nailed to the bottom of the floor joists at the top of the wall. A 2x4 needs to be screwed, flat on its side, into the wall using concrete screws that are 3 inches long. You can now attach the 2x2's to the wall with three evenly placed screws. Fill the open space between the wood and the concrete wall with foam that has been ripped for installation. The final step is to hang the drywall with 1 1/4 inch drywall screws. The major negative about this option is that installing electrical wiring and outlets is incredibly difficult. You will need to install the cables 1 1/4 inches behind the front of the wall frame so that fasteners do not damage or pierce the cables.
Should you decide to perform this job on your own you will save at least £400 on contractor fees alone. This job, if done as a do it yourself project, will cost roughly £300 for the supplies. It will take you four to five days to complete the project should you have no one else in your family help you.