basement wall with ledge?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Jaxx, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Jaxx

    Jaxx Guest

    Hello,

    We recently purchased a new bi-level (raised ranch) home with a partially
    finished basement. The bottom half of the basement walls are bare poured
    concrete, while the top half has been finished with drywall. This has
    created a ledge going around the entire basement. I would like to finish
    the basement myself however none of the reading I have done addresses the
    ledge that as been created halfway up the wall. How is such a wall supposed
    to be framed and insulated, specifically on top of the concrete ledge?

    Thank you,

    Jaxx
    Jaxx, Jul 28, 2004
    #1
  2. Jaxx

    Reed Guest

    Jaxx wrote:
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > We recently purchased a new bi-level (raised ranch) home with a partially
    > finished basement. The bottom half of the basement walls are bare poured
    > concrete, while the top half has been finished with drywall. This has
    > created a ledge going around the entire basement. I would like to finish
    > the basement myself however none of the reading I have done addresses the
    > ledge that as been created halfway up the wall. How is such a wall supposed
    > to be framed and insulated, specifically on top of the concrete ledge?
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Jaxx


    Given the top is already finished, if lower concrete walls are
    reasonably straight, use furring strips to drywall the lower
    portion, then run a nice piece of 1x4 or 1x6 to make a shelf that
    runs around the room. If walls are not straight, then frame a
    short stud wall around lower half, dry wall, then run a 1x8 or
    1x10 around room making wider shelf. OK for "shelf" to overhang
    the lower drywall a little bit.

    --reed
    Reed, Jul 28, 2004
    #2

  3. > >>
    > >> We recently purchased a new bi-level (raised ranch) home with a

    partially
    > >> finished basement. The bottom half of the basement walls are bare

    poured
    > >> concrete, while the top half has been finished with drywall. This has
    > >> created a ledge going around the entire basement. I would like to

    finish
    > >> the basement myself however none of the reading I have done addresses

    the
    > >> ledge that as been created halfway up the wall. How is such a wall

    > >supposed
    > >> to be framed and insulated, specifically on top of the concrete ledge?


    I have the same situation. The living portion is framed with 2 x 4 and
    normal insulation. The top is finished off with a wide board to make a
    shelf around the room. In my case, the shelf is was stained and finish with
    poly. It is also the height just below the window sills so it is good for
    plants.
    Ed
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jul 28, 2004
    #3
  4. Jaxx

    Pop Rivet Guest

    "Jaxx" <> wrote in message
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    > Hello,
    >
    > We recently purchased a new bi-level (raised ranch) home

    with a partially
    > finished basement. The bottom half of the basement walls

    are bare poured
    > concrete, while the top half has been finished with

    drywall. This has
    > created a ledge going around the entire basement. I would

    like to finish
    > the basement myself however none of the reading I have

    done addresses the
    > ledge that as been created halfway up the wall. How is

    such a wall supposed
    > to be framed and insulated, specifically on top of the

    concrete ledge?
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Jaxx
    >
    >

    Don't forget a vapor barrier; the cement does pass moisture.
    And ventilation, especially if it's below grade.

    Pop
    Pop Rivet, Jul 28, 2004
    #4

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