Finishing the Finishing of a Basement
August 25, 2011 7:25 AM Subscribe
Previous owners of our house began the process of finishing the basement. I'm thinking about completing the job. What should I know?
posted by Vectorcon Systems to home & garden (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
One of the previous owners of our (1920s) house framed out most of our basement and seems to have done most of the necessary electrical work. I'm entertaining the idea of teaching myself the skills needed to finish the job.
The basement is bone dry (and seems to have always been, except for some leaks from the furnace, which we have since replaced) and there aren't visible wall cracks or any issues with mold.
The ceiling is pretty low, and there will be some pipes and wiring that hang a bit below it to deal with when I get to that step.
I've just begun to skim the multitude of online how-to guides on the subject, and will be doing more in-depth reading before I start. I haven't done this kind of work before and will have a lot of learning to do.
I'd like your opinion on what I should know before I tackle this project, especially tips on drywall and installing basement flooring and ceilings and on heating and maintaining the space. Also, if you have any thoughts on what guides to read, websites to visit or Home Depot workshops to attend, I'd appreciate it.