06:05PM | 01/13/02
Member Since: 01/12/02
1 lifetime posts
We recently bought a new house and had basement finished by contractor. In order to save money we did not have outside wall finished (they were poured wall with brick-look finished - had them painted and they looked great). We realized that heating may be an issue with the unfinished walls and that appears to be the case. Ceiling is also unfinished at this time (open to joists). We aren't able to keep the basement above 60 degrees now that winter has hit. We are heating with forced air blown from the ceiling. De-humidifier running to remove moisture.

We are looking for recommendations:

1) Finish walls with insulation? If so, suggestions on insulation and walling (interior walls are drywall).

2) Ventless fireplace w/ blower.

3) Run venting to floor level.

Suggestions on one or multiple solutions helpful.

Thanks for your help.

Jay J

09:16AM | 01/14/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi dgoph,

You have LOTS going on here.

If you were to heat a wall in a basement that's UNinsulated, you'll end up w/condensation problems. Hence, as you already know, you need to finish the walls. You'll need to stud-out the wall and insulate. Of course, you'll need electrical and such too. Your best bet is to find a book at, say, or some place that tell you how to finish a basement. Sometimes, these books are 'lumped' in with finishing an attic. There's too much to consider here for me to write. I do recommend a pressure-treated lumber for the baseplate, and foam board insulation.

Forget using a ventless fireplace. In my optinion, they simply dump too much moisture into the house. Water is a natural by-product of combustion of natural gas, or the like. Just plan on venting it outside. I will say that, depending on how you will use your basement, THAT'S how you should decide how to heat/cool it. If, for example, it's a family room that gets lots of heat, a vented fireplace would be nice. If, however, it's only used for storage or for rare occassions when too many 'kids' come to visit, electric baseboard heat may be better.

I don't know what you mean when you say, "Run venting to floor level." You should finish off the room as you would any other room. There are code issues. For flooring, I suggest a Berber-type carpeting. You'll need to determine if you have a moisture problem now BEFORE you do any work.

Lots going on here. Spend a few $$$ and buy a good book on the subject. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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