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Old 12-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #16
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Basement walls Insulation Questions

Was planning on insulating the basement walls with rigid foam and then frame and drywall. I am thinking about going a different route...

I've been searching for basement ideas and stumbled across a few people who used stucco for their basement walls. I kind of like this idea for a few reasons.
1- I don't have to cover the walls with insulation and drywall and will know if I have any future problems.
2- I am going for a rustic look anyway. I have installed a wood stove with stone veneer on the concrete wall so I cant insulate that area anyway.
3- seems like it will be cheaper.
Anyone know of any drawbacks besides efficiency? The wood stove about runs us out anyway. I know running wires will be a pain with the conduit but might be able to think of something creative there.
I live in Columbus Ohio if that helps...



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Old 12-03-2012, 08:30 PM   #17
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The only issue I see is one of energy conservation and comfort. When you insulate a conditioned space it is reasonably energy efficient and the space is comfortable. I assume it can get pretty cold in Columbus and if you do the stucco the concrete foundation that is above grade will be as cold inside as it is outside. You may wish to check with your local Building Dept. on your Energy Code. With some energy codes if you heat with a renewable resource (wood) you are not required to insulate. But remember, codes are a minimum standard.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #18
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Thanks. I will look into code. Anyone have good step by step directions for stucco or a good website? Is the premix stucco mortar alright you use? I know they have one for the scratch coat and one for the topping. I'm assuming it's pretty similar to putting up a scratch coat for stone veneer.
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