Six Steps to a Finished Basement— Tie it Together with an Epoxy Floor

by National Library of Scotland

So you’ve decided to build a basement room, but don’t know where to start? Here are several key areas to focus on to create additional living space in your household:

1. Plan it out: The first thing you will want to do is evaluate the space you have available to work with, and how you wish to divide up your downstairs living area. Take precise measurements and put it all on paper, ensuring that you include at least one of the available windows for natural light, and taking into account how close it needs to be to ductwork and the breaker box.
2. Frame it: Select the foundation wall that will anchor your room, and build the framing for the other three based on your earlier measurements. You will want to nail the top plate to the available ceiling joists or floor joists, and attach the bottom to the concrete with concrete nails. Choose where you will want your door, and frame it into the selected wall.
3. Wire it: Now you will want to wire the room for electricity, either with the help of an electrician or an experienced assistant. Run cable from the main circuit breaker to the room, and wire all outlets onto this one circuit. Wire the boxes, one at a time, nailing them to the sides of the nearest studs, drilling holes in the studs to thread the wire through the walls.
4. Heating: Now you will want to splice new ductwork from one of the main ducts in your furnace, extending it outward to the frame of your room. Once you have the ductwork in place, affix it to the wall with wooden blocks nailed to the studs. Now choose an area to install return vents to ensure proper ventilation.
5. Drywall: Now it is time to tackle the exterior of the wall, by first purchasing enough drywall to cover the entire room. From here, carefully measure out each piece, making the appropriate holes to accommodate ventilation and electrical outlets.  You can affix the drywall to the studs and plates with drywall screws, and seal any gaps and holes with putty and sealing tape. The next step is painting, to create a clean, uniform look.

Flooring: Last but certainly not least, applying an epoxy floor is the key to sealing out moisture and making your basement room a dry, clean space that will withstand the wear and tear of regular use. Our epoxy flooring forms a 100 percent solids epoxy coating, which means it will create a strong bond with the concrete beneath, preventing moisture from seeping up and causing problems down the line. By choosing a light color, you can also improve the aesthetics of the room, because its reflective surface will increase brightness, making it a light, pleasant atmosphere in which you can spend time.


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