COMMUNITY FORUM

kjl1977

10:18AM | 02/01/11
Member Since: 03/15/04
2 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
We purchased a house a few years ago and are finally coming around to getting estimates on finishing our basement. Basically, what the previous homeowners did is a conundrum. They started to finish the basement by installing studs and filling it in with blown in insulation. As a result, the basement is fairly cozy, even without drywall. The problem? They not only installed the studs flat (as opposed on the edge), but they spaced them about 30-36 inches apart. Each of the 4 contractors that I have spoken to thus far has pointed this out as a problem, but they were split in terms of what to do about it. Two of them suggested building walls in front of the existing ones, utilizing the insulation that is already blown in, the other two suggested I tear it all out and start from scratch to ensure that the walls as even and solid as they can be. I do understand that logic, but find it hard to think about ripping out the good insulation that would cost a small fortune to replace. I'm looking for some arguments either way. Thanks!

LarryG

12:24PM | 02/01/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
You got me confused now. What is on the 2x4s now holding the insulation in?

danielleb

02:53PM | 02/01/11
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
When you say blown in insulation, do you mean expanding foam?

HD0116

10:39AM | 05/11/11
Member Since: 09/20/10
7 lifetime posts
Greetings,

It sounds as if the 2x4's were put in place for the insulation only, not for framing. I would agree with the contractors saying that the best practice would be to frame a new wall and leave the insulation and 2x4's in place. You will only lose an inch and a half or so, and the new walls will add a layer of insulation as well.

Good luck and happy remodeling!
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1