Before you start the process of framing basement walls into place, you need a plan. Your plan will consist of a layout of how you want your finished basement to look.
Framing Basement Walls
One of the most important things to do first is knowing what you want and figure out how you’re going to lay it all out. So let us take a look at what some of these steps would be.
- How will your basement be divided up?
- Will there be a bathroom?
- How will you deal with exterior walls?
- Will there be a subfloor?
- Do you need to take into account for wiring, plumbing, etc.?
How will your basement be divided up?
When you’re finishing the basement, you will need to map out a layout showing everything that needs to be on the plan. Otherwise, you’ll make some mistakes along the way that will not only cost money to have stuff redone correctly, but you’ll also lose precious time. Another significant disadvantage of not having a layout plan is some mistakes will mean you may no longer be able to incorporate and idea or something you wanted in your basement.
The first video below gets into why you would like to know before starting on any home improvement, the importance of having a plan of action. Another reason for having a plan is so you’ll know what the sequence of events is going to be, for your remodel.
Will there be a bathroom?
The importance of knowing about if there will be a bathroom is you may be required to run plumbing from the location where your drains need to be back to the waste stack. The rough in plumbing should be done before you frame over the area and fasten your sill plates down through the concrete floor.
If the plumbing lines are already in great, if not, you would see about getting them in and know where not to drill, ramset nails, etc. through the floor. Having a plan of where and all that is going to the bathroom lets you know how you need to frame up the walls in that area. For more information on the subject check out the post on Bathroom Layout Ideas.
How will you deal with exterior walls?
Another decision you’ll face, are the outer walls of the basement. Depending on where you live there will be code considerations, how deep is your basement in the ground and what type of walls do you have. A little more insight on those concerns and possible methods you can check out these two posts, Waterproofing Basement Walls, and Basement Wall Insulation.
Will there be a subfloor?
Whenever people plan to claim living space from a basement area, one of the biggest things to take place is having a subfloor put in place. There are times when an in-floor heating system will be incorporated, but most people will tend to go with a subfloor for budget reasons. There are many ways a subfloor can be created and installed. When you’re initially putting the full basement layout plan together, it should be at that time before any work starts, how is the subfloor going to be installed. Will the subfloor be installed after all the framing is in place before any framing is started or perhaps right after the
There are many ways a subfloor can be created and installed. When you’re initially putting the full basement layout plan together, it should be at that time before any work starts, how is the subfloor going to be installed. Will the subfloor be installed after all the framing is in place before any framing is started or perhaps right after the perimeter is done lay the subfloor then add the partition walls on the subfloor?
To get a better idea about subfloors check out the post on Basement Subflooring.
Do you need to take into account for wiring, plumbing, etc.?
Once you have a layout plan for your basement project, you’ll be able to figure out what type of framing will be needed. For instance, you will now know where all your door placements will be, while exterior and windows are straight forward unless you make changes to size and location which do happen at times. The plumbing and wires will be placed without much of a problem as the layout plan will let you know of any particular framing needs or if everything is still just a standard install. Either way you do need to know what the plan is to make sure everything can be done properly, in sequence, the way you want and see about making it all happen on a budget.
Now this next video below is just another consideration that may be necessary if there will be no subflooring or if all the framing needs the sill plates nailed to the concrete. There are a few different methods of accomplishing this task. Some may take treated wood and fasten it to the concrete or put a sill gasket with regular lumber between the wood and concrete and fasten it. Either way, there are different methods to which product you use and how you fasten them as well.
This video talks about one such method you may be planning on using or would like to use.
As you can see, there are a few considerations before you start framing basement walls up that need to be properly addressed. Create a plan with a fully finished layout and you’ll be able to start the renovations much easier and see about sticking to a budget. It’s when you have no plans or keep changing the plans that your budget will go out the window and end up costing you far more than it should. As a contractor at TD Remodeling, I tend to see people heading in that direction until I give them all their options. When I explain options for home renovation how to projects, it’s best to mention as much as possible at the beginning. It just makes the work that much easier with a smoother transition to completion.