I would like to start using my basement more. I don't have the time or
money to finish it and not sure if I would want to anyway. Half the
wall is above ground so its insulated with plastic stapled over it. I
don't mind a plain basement look but the exposed insulation is
terrible. I was thinking about putting drywall over the ugly
insulation just to make it a bit neater. Would this be ok? I like the
idea of leaving the basement unfinished in case of any future moisture
I've even thought of the possibility of being able to paint the
concrete and drywall to make it look more like a wall. I wonder how
the painting would go over if I ever did have to sell the house
Your basements sounds like a typical raised ranch style home in our area.
part above grade. The good news is they are usually dry, or at leas dryer
than a full basement. You will get benefits of insulating the concrete
portion. It can be framed with 2 x 4, wired, then insulated and
sheetrocked. You can use construction adhesive and put up foam board and
sheetrok on top of that. If you do a good enough job, you can even paint it
and leave the seams as is. Unless you want it for a nice family room, it is
plenty good enough as a storage or workshop area just with the rock screwed
When I did mine, I put polyethylene sheeting over the block, framed the
wall, insulated and put peg board over it. I use it as a work area but
painted the peg board and floor. Ceiling is unfinished. Its actually
only half my basement and other side had been finished by builder as
family room. Entire back wall is above ground and ceilings are eight
foot. I had done wall and a half in above ground, unfinished part.
Other wall and a half are painted. Wall between finished and unfinished
had drywall which I painted and put homemade shelves on entire wall.
There are also 3 full windows on fully exposed side and two basement
window where mostly below ground.
If I'm understanding correctly, the lower 3-4 feet of your wall is the bare
concrete foundation, and the upper half is framed with wood studs and
insulated. Is that correct?
If so, it sounds like my garage, except my concrete is only 2 feet high.
In my case, the stud wall was exactly 1/2" less thick than the concrete
wall, so adding the 1/2" drywall made the two surfaces flush. Of course,
the two sections don't have to be flush, but it makes for a more seamless
look, and is easy to cover with trim if you don't want to leave the
I like the lower exposed concrete in my garage, as it allows me to hose
down the floor when needed without worrying about damaging the drywall
(which would be a problem if you framed a full wall clear to the floor).
Unless this is going to be a finished space with carpet or wood flooring, I
would not paint the concrete wall.
Another option, if your stud wall and concrete wall are already flush,
would be to bring the drywall all the way to the floor (or 1/2" off the
bottom to avoid moisture wicking). You could screw the upper half, and use
adhesives to glue the lower half to the concrete.
Thats right and yes it is poured concrete. I don't think it would be
flush with the drywall but I don't mind. A 4x8 sheet should fit in
just right. Sounds like you have already done what I have been
thinking about. As I said I don't mind the plain basement look its
just the insulation that bugs me. The stuff should be covered up
You could always shim out the studs, use thicker drywall, or two layers of
drywall to make the drywall surface flush with the concrete. It's not a big
deal, just a little nicer visually, and works better if you're hanging
things on the wall or standing cabinets against the wall.
If your insulation has a kraft paper face (vapor retarder), it is also a
fire hazard to leave exposed (it usually says so right on the face of the
Have you done anything on your basement ?
I have the same unfinished basement I want to use it for a play area for my
kid and put a pingpong table. The top 4 feet is not flush with the botton
concrete wall on one side of the basement. So I was thinking to shim out
the studs and drywall and make the full wall even. I have already painted
the concrete wall. On the celing I have taken the insulation (which is
between the wooden frames which is coved with brown paper) out and paited
the ceiling. Now I want to put the insulation back but the problem is how
to cover the insulation ? It doesn't look good on the celing. Can I just
don't put the insulation back to the celing and any issues with that ? If I
put it back what are my options to cover it ? Please advice.
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Do you have poured concrete walls or cement/cinder block walls? Will
the added sheetrock surface joint where it meets the concrete be
flush, or will the sheetrock be "inside" the concrete block. Why not
put sheetrock over the entire wall? What did the builder do for the
other halc of the basement? Follow his lead.
Once you close in the stud walls your basement is considered
"finished" and will require more lighting and power receptacles
than are typically provided for unfinished basements...
Do this properly and obtain building permits and get your work
inspected OR this type of thing will come back to bite you if
you sell your home as the basement will be listed as unfinished
with the local building department and any discrepancies in
what exists and what is known to the building department
will cause issues with a listing/sale of the property and may
in fact take away value rather than adding it as there would
be back permit fees, inspections and penalties to pay before
someone could legally use that space for uses other than as
an unfinished basement...
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