Framing a Basement

Just like your favorite picture, a finished basement requires a solid frame in order to keep the walls preserved. Here are a few tips for framing basement walls.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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When finishing a basement, framing the walls is one of the first steps you'll take to define the space. We recommend hiring a professional for this task because of its complexity.

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Before you begin construction, your contractor will have to determine whether the walls included in the framing are load-bearing or non-load-bearing. Additionally, they'll have to decide whether existing beams or joints need to be altered in order to install wall frames. Moving or cutting them may cause structural damage.

Once the basement walls are framed and insulated, finish them with drywall, paint or wallpaper, and enjoy your comfortable new rooms.

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