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Old 06-29-2017, 08:43 AM   #1
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Framing around existing basement steps advice?


Hi. I have these rough tread basement steps and i am not sure best way to frame around them. I am in the process of making rooms in my basement.

When coming down the steps i will have a room on the right side so i need to drywall the right side. Will i just need to cut drywall out to fit around the steps and then custom cut step skirts for it?

I will move the electrical to the wall side have a knee wall on the left side when coming down.

I was wondering if i could remove the 2x4s on the sides of the steps, then nail in some 1x12 on the sides ( to avoid the custom cutting) then nail the 2x4 framing to the sides of the 1x12 next to the steps?

I guess that would be hard to drywall correctly...

What's the best plan here? The finished picture is where id like to get to.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:56 AM   #2
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The 1 x 12 skirts would definitely make your life easier. After installing those, I would add a 1/2" or 5/8" spacer to the lower part of the skirt on the outside face. Something 3-4" wide (plywood rips), then frame your 2 x 4 wall up against that. You'll be left with a nice pocket to slide the bottom of your drywall into. Then add a small piece of trim on top of the skirt edge like a base cap to finish it off.
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The bottom 3 ft under the stairs id useless, build a wall at that point then take the 2x4 off the side. Under the stairs add a 2x4 between the stringers every 2 ft for the drywall.
Before you build the wall add a 1x4 or 2x4 at the bottom edge of the stringer.

the 1x4 allows the drywall to be just cut on an angle and slid in. This is fine for carpet or Hardwood the molding is often cut to fit.
the 2x4 works the same as above but does allow the cheat for the molding to go in before the finish on the stairs.
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I was wondering if i could remove the 2x4s on the sides of the steps, then nail in some 1x12 on the sides ( to avoid the custom cutting) then nail the 2x4 framing to the sides of the 1x12 next to the steps?
I think I would use 2 X 12's. The top edge of a 2 X 12 would give 1/2" for drywall to sit on, 3/4" for quarter round or Ogee molding to cover drywall edge, and and 1/4 edging.
The Ogee molding gives a nicer look than 1/4 round.
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Leave 1-1/2" space between stairs and studs. As mentioned, a 2x4 along the bottom of the stringer is good.

Finish the drywall and deal with the skirt board last. Just slip it into the space that's left over. It can be shimmed from the back to press tightly into the stairs and risers.
You can also put some screws into the wall where the skirt goes to give it a tight fit to the stairs. This is how I installed mine.
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