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Where to start on finishing a basement

Posted by C.Collier (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 20, 11 at 16:01

Well I am retiring after 22 years in the Army and we are moving to Alabama. The house we want is brand new and a great deal but they are going back and forth on finishing the basement. I am pretty handy with tools and I have stained concrete many times. So here is where I am stuck...

Where to start??? I intend on staining and sealing the concrete. The basement is 1500 sq ft with two drains and support walls running across the width. I want a bathroom, bedroom, 3 smaller rooms and a game room as well as a wet bar.

Do I start with the floors, then rough in walls, electrical and plumbing? Just seems so overwhelming right now. Thanks!


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RE: Where to start on finishing a basement

My suggestion whenever asked is to first make a plan to scale. Graph paper and a pencil is all one needs along with a tape to measure. Locate fixed items. Then your walls. I used masking tape placed on the floor to get a feel for spaces.

If staining the floor is your plan, yes I'd do that first after locating any plumbing that may require cutting into the concrete.

I'd put XPS against the foundation walls, then frame them. Then electricity before drywall or paneling. Consider lighting and a mix of cannisters, sconces, pendants and/or outlets for table lights. If you're planning a drywall ceiling do it before the walls or drop ceiling following the walls.

Here is a link to photos of ours. Maybe some ideas. We only finished about 700 sq. ft of approximatelyt 1,000. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basement


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