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Old 12-27-2006, 09:11 AM   #1
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Hi everyone-

I am new to the board, and have a couple of questions...

I am getting ready to start a basement finishing project. We are working out final plans, and have a pretty good idea how everything will lay out. It is a 100 year old house, therefore the ceiling height will be low. We are planning not to hang a ceiling, but leave it unfinished and paint it, after reading an article about this method.

My question is how to "finish" the top of the walls, since they will not be joining a ceiling. There is also a recessed area at the top of the block wall, into the joists. I am trying to figure out a good way to insulate and enclose these recessed spaces. I will be using 1" extruded polystyrene on the walls, and then framing with 1 5/8" metal framing. 5'8" moisture resistant wallboard for the finish.

I am attaching images of what I mean by "recessed area" if that will help.



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Old 12-27-2006, 05:43 PM   #2
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Where your new walls come up to the bottom of the above floor joists:

You will simply have to frame each 'bay' in, with lumber attached to the sides of the joists and to the top plate of the new walls (Don't attach to the above floor planks). Basically extending your new walls up into each one of those 'bays'.

When you attach your sheetrock or plaster, you will have to meticulously finish the inside of each 'bay' up to and around each of the exposed 1st floor joists.

On the outside walls where the 1st floor joists sit on the home's freezewall plates (Like it is viewed in your pic) - You can insulate those areas.

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Thanks. My concern with that method, which I should have mentioned in the original post, is that there is some flex to the floor. If I finish tight to the joists and 1st floor, I am afraid that the flex will pop seams or otherwise deteriorate my finished edges on top. This is another reason why I am not putting drywall on the ceiling. I suppose, now that I think about it, that the framing should prevent any flex in that area.

Would it be possible to use another material to enclose the recesses? I was thinking that I could run the drywall to just below the joists, and then cut pine or cedar planks to enclose the joists and overhang the unfinished edge (similar to a crown moulding, only fitted around the floor joists). This is just a random idea, but would it be feasible?

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yes it is feasible and we have done just that on trussed ceilings that have a tendancy to flex and crack...
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