Basement Insulation Options and Solutions
Whether your basement is finished or not, proper insulation is important for temperature control and the prevention of moisture. Choose a basement insulation option that is best suited for your home and budget.
Basement insulation is not only important for temperature control and locking out water damage, but it is also a great way to help reduce energy costs.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
Basement insulation can be added to interior and exterior walls, in addition to the ceiling. Insulation options include bubble foil, fiberglass, foam board and sprayed foam. The best option for a homeowner will depend on the nature of the basement — finished or unfinished — and budget.
While exterior insulation requires the use of fewer materials than interior insulation, it can end up being a costly option because of the precautions that are needed to install it outside, such as a drainage system. It is, however, effective for reducing the loss of heat that can occur through a foundation and it also protects the foundation from suffering stability issues as a result of temperature changes.
A basement's ceiling is another spot where insulation can be installed to provide a warmer environment or temperature control when an air conditioning system is in use.
See also: Air Sealing and Insulation
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