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drh 02-07-2008 09:35 AM

How should I frame curbed basement walls?
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Fellow DIY'ers -

As I near the completion of the underpinning and radiant floor install within our basement, I'm faced with a challenge when it comes to framing.

As you can see from the attached picture, the underpinning process has left me with a 4-5" curb spanning the circumference of our foundation. When it comes to framing, I'm looking to maximize the space, while providing a wall that is straight and flush. What I'm planning:

- Frame 2x4's directly ON TOP of the curb (with a slight overhang), spray foam behind and between the studs.
- Glue and screw 1" rigid board panels to the front of the curb (below grade).
- Attach a 2x3's to the front of the panels (allowing for space for the electrical outlets etc.)

What I'm wondering is, is this the correct approach? Has anyone else faced this challenge, and if so, how did you frame your perimeter walls?

Any advice would certainly be more than appreciated!
Toronto, Canada

LawnGuyLandSparky 02-07-2008 04:03 PM

I'd consider 2 x 3's from the floor directly IFO the curb straight up, and just lose the space above the curb in the wall. (Since the perimeter walls won't be loadbearing) This would allow for some interesting "niches" recessed into the upper portion, for things like bookshelves, an architectual recess for TV, etc.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-07-2008 05:58 PM

Go to a building supply house that specializes in drywall and steel framing. There, you can purchase flexible steel track and steel studs (or just use wood studs) for that particular area.


drh 02-07-2008 07:48 PM

AtlanticWBConst, thank you for your post, but I think you may have misread my post to say "curved" wall, rather than "curbed". We have a 5 inch curb jetting out along the perimeter of the foundation that I need to frame in front of.

LawnGuyLandSparky, thanks for the post- this is what we were thinking also. Save the wood, frame down to the floor in front of the curb, and design some built-in shelving and nooks around the perimeter where needed.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-07-2008 07:52 PM

I still suggest that you either install a full curved wall, or bumo out there (over the concrete footing curb, and to the ceiling)...or a half wall with a shelf on it.

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