Framing is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to construction. When I used to work construction during the summers of my college days, I always had fun framing walls.
It’s not too complicated, I got to use a saw and a nail gun (which can be scary sometimes), and the most gratifying is seeing your progress in a short amount of time.
So, once we decided to get started on finishing our basement, I got excited about getting some walls up. However, there have been some challenges to our basement and some of the features that we wanted to incorporate into the design. And perhaps I moved a little too swiftly, as I have the task of filling in some gaps before we can put drywall up.
And even getting the lumber into the basement took some effort. Too stubborn to pay $55 for delivery, I’ve made three separate lumber runs with the minivan (which means I have to take out Rooney’s car seat and fold down all the seats) to haul more than 250 2x4s in our minivan. And then, once I got home, I carried them around the backside of our house and tossed them through our basement window before stacking them up in the basement (Kelsey did help with this).
Some of the big issues (read: mistakes) I ran into involved a few ledges, corners, duct-work, doors and pipes that I had to frame around.
Our media wall, where our TV will be. The cement and below is underground and there will be a ledge about 40″ high along the backside of our house.
Above is the gap that needs to be filled in with 2x2s. Would have been a lot easier to do before I put up the half wall. Womp, womp…
We created a six-foot section in the middle of the wall to add depth, break up the long wall, and give us a place to run wires inside the wall (our TV will be mounted on this wall).
Framing around ductwork. For a tall guy, I really hate to lose this headroom.
Drain pipes are certainly in an unfortunate spot.
Kelsey’s idea in the office. Above will be a ledge for artwork. Below the ledge to the floor will be faux brick. Painted white, of course.
Walk-in shower for guests… This is going to be sweet… If we ever get it done…
It’s all good. I just have to keep telling myself that nobody will see the framing once the drywall is up…