Part 3 of our Mac-Groveland basement remodel project finds us at the "covering" stage. This is a milestone because it means that we're past the tipping point of the project. Electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building inspections have all been passed, and we're starting to close up all of the walls. First, of course, comes spray foam insulation, which is the absolute best type of insulation for a basement. Not only does spray foam have superior R value, but it acts as a vapor barrier and keeps moisture at bay. Any water that penetrates the foundation will be directed down into the drain tile and pumped out of the home.
Other steps in this stage (not pictured)
- After the drywall was hung, a specialist spent about a week mudding and taping the entire basement. That process effectively covered all of the seams and fasteners, and masked any imperfections in the sheetrock itself.
- After drywall was completed, the tiling in the bathroom began. The in-floor heat was laid and covered with a thin layer of self-leveling concrete to smooth out the floor in preparation for tile. Moisture-resistant Durock was hung in the shower (instead of drywall). The shower was tiled using white subway tile, and the floor was done using a white hexagonal mosaic.
Stay tuned for the "after" project photos coming in part 4!
Read Mac-Groveland Basement Remodel Part 1: "Before"
Read Mac-Groveland Basement Remodel Part 2: "Rough-In"