Yesterday you read about how the basement would be divided into two spaces and how the walls were covered with insulation to provide a little extra warmth to the cold space. The next step was to install metal framing that the drywall would be attached to. Again, I didn’t do any of the work and came home to see what was done during the day so I can’t give you the play-by-play. What I can tell you is why we chose metal framing vs. wood and why we framed things the way we did.
Metal vs. Wood
Basements are notoriously damp and prone to water leakage in Michigan. My cousin, as the expert, told me that it makes more sense to use metal framing since it won’t rot or warp in moist conditions like wood may. Not to mention that metal framing is perfectly straight and with wood you have to try to find straight pieces for your framing or the walls won’t be perfectly straight. I chose to listen to his sage advice and went with the metal framing. Let me say I don’t know the cost difference – he had extra metal framing that he gave me free of charge so I really made out in this deal! Some people asked about the carpet – we didn’t rip any of it up since he was able to install the framing directly over the carpet and into the cement floor.
Again – a reminder of what we started with:
See the gray furnace and duct work in the bottom right corner? I forgot to take a good before picture but the furnace jutted out into the space (as seen below) – something I absolutely hated! Who wants to see the water furnace and heater when they are in a living space? I decided that I wanted a wall build to hide these from anyone walking into the living space but still provide access to them for maintenance and in case anything happens to them in the future. Luckily the access panels are on the other side of the furnace so we were able to build a wall as close to the back end of the furnace as the pipes would allow us.
A framework was also installed for the new wall that would divide the storage space from the living space. Originally I was going to keep the front portion of the chimney visible since the brick is kind of cool but it was just easier to hide the entire thing.