how drywall meets window jamb (basement)

homeboundFebruary 13, 2009

I'm finishing a basement and wondering how to finish the walls into the window openings toward the window jambs. It will about 10" or more to the jamb edges. Should I put nailers behind the jambs and butt the drywall to the jamb? (Hard for me to imagine that being a good solution.) Or perhaps finish the entire box with finish grade plywood? Any other ideas on this? This is going to be a fairly high-end bedroom suite.

Thanks much.

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On our jobs we always make plywood jambs. 3/4" cabinet-grade stuff. Shim the boxes, then use minimally-expanding foam to secure. No drafts.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 8:57AM
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Ditto the plywwod. You would be surprised how dinked up drywall gets when opening/closing the window as well as setting items on the sill.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 11:12AM
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Makes sense. Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 2:22PM
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I use 1" pine #1 in the width that fits the space.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 2:50PM
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Ditto what worthy did. Here's one of mine, 1" pine on the jambs, quarter-round on the inner seam:

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 9:28PM
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The point is use solid wood vs.drywall. Dont use mdf or any other particle board based product! Nice trim details, Worthy and Weedy!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 1:24PM
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Worthy and Weedy. Did you paint or stain the wood jambs? Did you apply sealant after? What about your trim, are they wood as well painted white? Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 3:18AM
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My jambs and casings are all primed and painted wood, no sealant.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 8:43AM
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    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 9:31AM
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If you're considering a basement renovation as a way to expand your living space, don't be surprised if your building-codes office has something to say about itÂ- especially if a new bedroom is part of your plan. Without an egress window in case of fire, regulations simply won't allow a basement bedroom. And because this ruling is fairly recent in many parts of the country, most existing basements were not built with egress windows

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 2:04AM
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