Finishing Basement In Stages

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Posted by: from Oakville
10/16/2011 at 1:57:05 PM

We had a few quotes for finishing our basement but they're out of our budget range right now. I was planning on starting it myself by putting down dricore panels and framing the outer perimeter and then have spray-foam insulation installed so we can at least have a usable space until we save more money to finish the rest.

I estimate about 7 - 8K to do this myself, including contracting the sprayfoam. Once we save up more money I'd want to hire somebody to do the rest, probably next spring. My question is, would most contractors build on top of this or want to tear it down and start over?

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Date/Time10/16/2011 at 2:12:36 PM


In my opinion you are on the right track. Considder the following;

Instead of using Drycore, buy the dimpled foundation plastic by the roll, and use 5/8 tounge and groove OSB. Voila, half price Drycore.

After you sprayfoam, you MUST put up a fire barrier immediately. That foam will put off toxic fumes if it catches fire. The money you save with the Drycore alternative above may cover the cost of the drywall.

Good luck

Tom Goodfellow

Goodfellow Renovations and Handyman Service

Burlington, ON

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Date/Time10/16/2011 at 9:23:51 PM

Hi Jason,

You should be able to find plenty of Contractors to finish whatyou have started. I can't see a problem with doing it the way you have suggested.

What will inevitably happen is that the Contractors(at least I would) only have a warranty on the work they provide for you. You may also run into a few extra expenses if the framing is not done properly(exactly on 16 inch centres, not plumb etc..) and the Contractor needs to do some correcting of this for the drywall to go on.

I am sure if you do things the proper way, then when you have enough money in the spring, it should be no problem at all. You can even call me and I'll come out and give you a free quote on the work that still needs to be done.

Good Luck,

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting


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Date/Time10/16/2011 at 11:19:34 PM

Hi Stewart here of Sct floorcoverings.I would not recomend dri core as a suitable subfloor for anything-. Instead use dimple plastic sheets,then attach 4x8ft sheets of 5/8ths thick exterior gade plywood,Tounge in groove.Attach with LargeTapcons.this will give you a good,Solid raised subfloor that you can build the rest of your basement on i.e Tiles,walls,Hardwood,carpet e.t.c Best regards-Stewart, Sct floorcoverings,Mississauga ont 416-295-0906

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Date/Time10/22/2011 at 3:38:33 PM

Hi Jason, sounds like you have some exciting projects planned. I agree with the other posted comments about how you want to proceed with this. From personal experience, it can be very difficult and time consuming to get your electrical / phone / TV wiring through spray foam insulated walls. You should try to get it all in before you foam.

The other thing you should do BEFORE you start, is to have an energy audit. The government is offering major rebates for insulation installation or upgrades and if you were going to do the work anyway, why not let them help!

These are a couple of sites you can look at for info.

Have fun!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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