Basement finishing on a serious budget
I've read many of the posts on this forum, and I think we have a plan for finishing our basement for under $1000.00. It is approximately 1300 square feet, and dry- most of it is below-ground. I have a few questions that I was wondering if anyone has feedback on.
It has 9' ceilings which we are planning on spray painting either grey or black (home-theater look). The only question I have is insulating for noise without installing a dropped ceiling. I was considering glueing the rigid insulation in the ceiling and painting it over. My husband wants to staple the regular type of insulation in between the floor joists. The only reason we want to insulate is for controlling noise.
Has anyone "liquid nailed" the rigid insulation to the walls and then painted it? There is a different kind of this rigid insulation called thermax that I've heard you can paint. Just wondered if anyone had tried this.
Or, has anyone put paneling over the insulation?
We don't want to drywall due to the time and mess it takes to finish it properly. I suppose we will drywall if we have to, but I know it would take my husband the rest of his life to finish it!
3. Electric outlets-
One of the problems with no 2x4 walls is the lack of space for an electrical outlet. I saw a document on the owens-corning site that showed how to install an electric box using their glued-one rigid insulation with drywall on it. But without drywall? I suppose you could frame the outlet with trim.
4. Painting some of the concrete walls. We're going to seal and then paint a few of the concrete walls that don't have any above ground portions.
5. Staining the floor. I've seen some neat concrete stains, so I think we'll stain the floor and then add carpet area rugs.
Any other cost-saving and time-saving ideas would be very welcome.