Framing for a basement reno

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Posted by: from Barrie
9/21/2016 at 5:59:13 PM

I wish to renovate my basement but because the house is a split level bungalow, the foundation wall is only about 5 ft high and the rest of the 10 foot height of the exterior wall is wood framed with insulation.

The problem I have is that the bottom plate for the framed portion of the exterior is about two inches narrower than the foundation so there is a lip that has to be compensated for.

How do I frame this so that all of my walls end up one width? Should I rip out the old insulation and then attach 2 inch wide strips to the existing wood frame to bring it out to the same width as the foundation and then start my actual wall for the reno from there or is there a way to incorporate the pre - existing materials into the new wall with out changing everything?

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Date/Time9/21/2016 at 7:16:58 PM

Brian- one way that you can accomplish this is frame a 2x4 wall 1" away from your foundation from floor to ceiling. Insulate the bottom 5' but when you vapour barrier the insulation make sure you tie into the existing vapour barrier and tuck tape around every stud to ensure this.

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Brian in Barrie
Date/Time9/21/2016 at 7:48:35 PM

Thanks Rob for the answer. This was a process I was considering.

Would you suggest when I tie into the existing insulation to remove the plastic wrap that is holding in the insulation or is it possible to leave it in place?

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