When you are considering enclosing your basement, think of drywall walls. Dry wall is widely used is all types of housing and inside of basements. This is actually the material that is used on the inside of the walls. It is easier to use because it is not as expensive and it is easier to have it installed.
When it comes to the basement you have to make sure that all of the walls are built to the right specifications. That includes knowing the best way to have the dry wall installed so that you do not have to make any unnecessary repairs in the future. Once the dry wall is on it is a pain to try to go back and make any changes to it.
Installing Dry Wall
- Before you can begin you need to check all of the studs and joists to make sure that each of them are straight and that they are all spaced out evenly. Remove any that are twisted and replace them with something stronger and more durable.
- Now place double studs at each corner and on both sides of the vertical corners and headers.
- Insulate the exterior walls and add any soundproofing materials on the inside of the walls that you might want to have. This must be done ahead of time.
- If you live in a cold climate than you will need to place a vapor barrier in between the dry wall and insulation. In warm climates this will go in between the insulation and sheathing.
- Lay down the necessary dry wall. Make sure that you measure it out correctly and do not cover any wiring or electrical outlets inside of the room.