08:02AM | 02/17/04
Member Since: 02/16/04
1 lifetime posts
I'm starting the planning for finishing my garage into a family room. My plans are to use the same method a friend just used to finish his basement….metal studs on the floor and ceiling used as tracks and then wood 2x3 screwed into the tracks. This worked out great and eliminated a bunch of toenailing. The walls will not be structural and only provide a means to insulate, run wire and hang drywall. My question is what happens if the metal studs get wet? Common sense tells us they will rust. The Owens corning system mentioned on this weekends show used metal studs in the basement and Bob said they are good for basements because they are resistant to moisture. My garage does not currently get any water as it sits about an inch above grade, but I worry what may happen later down the road once I finish it out of site. Does anyone think that using metal studs on the floor would be an issue? Would you use a pressure treated sole plate instead? Is the pressure treated sole plate ok for an interior living space?

Additionally I was thinking of building up the floor to avoid carpet on a cold hard concrete slab. Should this wood be pressure treated? Again the same question about using pressure treated wood inside the house applies. Should a vapor barrier go down before the floor joists?

Thanks for any help.



09:50PM | 02/21/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Considering first things first, you need to contact your local building and zoning code department to see if you will be able to convert your garage to living space at all.

Most building codes do NOT permit garage to living space conversions for a variety of reasons.

Supposing your community will allow a garage to living space conversion, most codes allow metal, treated lumber, or otherwise naturally rot resistant lumber base plates to come into direct contact with the concrete slabs or pads.

That sid, just HOW you finsih the framing in the basement is solely up to the building/zoning code office in your town.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon