Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 4, Part 1

The Melrose, MA, basement remodel enters the finishing phase now that the mechanicals, plumbing, drainage, and moisture-proofing upgrades have been completed. Sheet-metal tracks are screwed into the concrete floor and up into the joists as carriers for new steel studs that are trimmed and doubled up for a sturdy, moisture- and mold-proof framing system. The Owens Corning Basement Finishing System™ is installed using PVC lineals that allow for nail-free installation. These polyolefin-covered fiberglass panels are rated at R-11 for energy efficiency and may help save up to 25 percent of current energy costs. A suspended ceiling, trim, molding, and doors give the space a clean, finished look. The stairway is strengthened with posts drilled into the concrete and up into the stringer, and stiffened with plywood backing and reinforced tread-to-riser connections. Harvey Majesty custom, energy-efficient clad windows are installed once the old sash has been removed and voids filled with foam and caulk for a tight, efficient installation. As Bob learns about the costs associated with purchasing a total finishing system like this, Suzie Mitchell of Owens Corning explains that studies show 90 percent of the costs associated with finishing a basement can be recouped in just one year.

Part 1: Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space
Bob recaps the work done so far in the basement remodeling project in Melrose, MA, converting an old cluttered basement into a playroom for the homeowners' two children. A perimeter drain was dug and a triple pump installed in the basement to prevent any moisture problems. A vapor barrier was also put in place over the foundation walls to channel water into the drainage ditch. A waterproof coating was applied to the concrete floor as well. Old plumbing fixtures were updated and the oil tank, heating ducts, and kitchen drain were all moved to make way for the playroom. The water tank was replaced with an on-demand hot water system that is more efficient. A Trane furnace and air filtering system were installed to maintain air quality in the home, which should help combat colds, allergies, and other illnesses. The old windows were also replaced with Energy Star-rated windows. The crew from Owens Corning Basement Finishing Systems has been at work putting up the framework for the walls and the grid for the ceiling. The first step was to lay out the steel-stud wall just to the inside of the perimeter drain. The bottom sheet metal track was attached to the foundation using concrete nails. Magnetic levels were used to get a plumb line to the ceiling joists to mark where the top track should go. The top tracks were then screwed into the ceiling joists. The studs are cut to length and two studs are attached together back-to-back and then affixed to the bottom plates. The magnetic level is again used to find plumblines to attach the studs to the top track. The room will eventually be used as a family playroom. A suspended ceiling system is attached to the existing joists with wires so it can later be adjusted for level.
Part 2: Completing the Basement Finishing System and Repairing the Basement Stairs
Part 3: Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement