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Old 03-06-2016, 10:05 AM   #1
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Basement foundation wall bordered by steps


The picture shows basement steps that hug the foundation wall. This foundation wall extends about 12 feet past the steps. I want to build a 2x? wall on that section and also cover the foundation wall with drywall. Would also like to retain steps as wide as possible.

I could glue/screw 1" wood strips to the whole length of the wall and screw drywall to that. I could build a 2x4 wall on the 12' section (which would allow for receptacle in that section) and then transition (maybe just before bottom of steps) to the 1" wall.

Are there other options I'm missing?
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Is that drywall on the right even with that concrete?
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No. 3/4" between concrete face and drywall face. That drywall is also to be replaced.
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What options are there for dry walling the wall that would minimize space taken from the steps. In other words, how skinny can I make the wall by the steps?

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Thinnest option would be attaching drywall directly to the concrete with either glue or screws. Most people would suggest not having drywall in direct contact with concrete, but the moisture resistant types might work. I have a similar situation and am going to use stone on the wall. It's the best option for me and will be a nice accent wall. I'm thinking some type of stack stone.

How wide are your stairs? They look narrow. Do you have to worry about codes or inspections?
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Need to be taking to your local code office.
Around here the minimum width is 36" and your's already look narrower then that.
Also going to need lighting and a 3 way switch at the top and bottom of the steps, hand rails need to go all the way up the stairs and be returned back to the wall.
If it's going to be a finished basement it would be best to remove those treads, finish the sheetrock and add skirts.
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add skirts.
what are skirts?
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