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NewbeeHomeowner 01-09-2004 05:09 AM

Finishing Basement
Near the end of building my first home, and have decided to put a bedroom, washroom, and half bath in my full basement.I need ideas with what to do with the cold concrete floor, and heating options. As for the half bath, I've been told I would need a pump system because my septic outlet is about four feet from the floor. I have a forced hot water furnace (oil) and was told to put an old cast iron radiator onto the return line. Now the floor, I've been given a couple of options. One, Put laminate down with throw rugs. Or strapping then plywood. Or Two by fours, pressure treated then plywood. But I'm conserned with water. I don't want to spend money on something that I'll have to rip out. I have a sump pump hole in one corner with a slightly slopped floor.
CAN ANYONE HELP :confused:

Floorwizard 01-10-2004 12:22 PM

Vinyl will go with the slope most likely, but it will not be warm, so you will need some area rugs to warm it up.
Laminate would be great if you can get it all level, but you will still need area rugs.
Same with wood. You can find floating wood floor, but area rugs still needed.
Vinyl is the most affordable.

NewbeeHomeowner 01-14-2004 04:49 PM

Thanx Florcraft,
How about the concrete walls. I have insolation filling the sill plate between my floor truss' and have insolated the walls four feet down from the sill. Whats my easiest way to finish it from here.

Floorwizard 01-14-2004 05:14 PM

What's a sill plate?

I am lost know.

hopefully someone will sound off on this one.

Unregistered 01-15-2004 05:02 AM

Presure treated 2x12 sits on foundation walls under the floor truss

NewbeeHomeowner 01-26-2004 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by Florcraft
What's a sill plate?

I am lost know.

hopefully someone will sound off on this one.

Concrete walls you know the foundation, Well on top of the concrete is a wooden sill. On top of that is the floor truss'. In alot of your older homes you sometimes find this rotted and in need of replasement. At my house we used pressure treated wood. Now between each floor truss, which is 2' on center, above the sill and under the floor is insulated. Then we fastened 2x4 around the basement 4' down from sill. Tacked plastic from the sill to the 2x4, for vapor barrier with plastic fased insulation on top of that, fastened again at the sill and with strapping at the 2x4 border.
Now that you know where I'm at with this project, Whats my best way to finish the walls from here?
Do I need to insulate to the floor?

Floorwizard 01-26-2004 08:13 PM

Zoiks scoobs! :eek:

Hopefuly someone here knows what you need :confused:

good luck...

hatchet 01-27-2004 01:57 PM

I don't understand why you went with a 2x4 4' down from the sill? Why not just frame the walls out from bottom of floor joist to slab? Then apply faced insulation between the studs. Make sure facing is to warm side. The vapor barrier is unneeded if you are using faced insulation... in fact it will probably do more harm than good. If anything you will want the vapor barrier over top of the faced insulation.. not under.

NewbeeHomeowner 01-28-2004 05:22 AM

What I have is a program home. 6 families get together and build 6 houses. I can do what I want after all the homes are built, but right now I have guidlines. I am just looking for advice for when the program is over and I start building what I want.

hatchet 01-28-2004 08:37 AM

OIC. I would frame the walls where the studs are 1" off the concrete and extend from the slab to the bottom of floor. Unfaced batt insulation with a vapor barrier on warm side of wall (interior) or faced batt insulation with no vapor barrier.

Grumpy 01-30-2004 08:38 AM

Hey to any of you contractors that finish basements on a regular basis, I found this link the other day...

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