|Forum topic by Jeremy Greiner||posted 187 days ago||1294 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
187 days ago
I am getting settled in my new house here and I plan to turn most of my basement into my workshop. I want to get a subpanel added, and do a lot of electrical work (add several 220v outlets etc..). I’m having a bit of difficulty figuring out if I want to frame out the basement walls or not.
The walls are all concrete, and already have an inch and a half of insulation which is directly attached to the concrete walls. If I frame out the basement I’d likely have to remove this insulation, which is time consuming and costly, though I would hope I could re-use much of it between the studs, I don’t know.
Framing out the basement is also a cost, and a considerable amount of time.
The main advantage to framing out the basement is that it makes installing electrical outlets easier instead of having to deal with conduit. It also offers good support for hanging cabinets and so forth. With that said, I’m unsure if it is worth it. I’m having a hard time finding a definitive answer on how to frame out the basement that follows codes in my area. I’ve read the code and it seems to be a vague set of guidelines. I also have to decide if I want to get a permit + inspections etc.. which is all added expense for in my opinion BS crap.
I’d also have to deal with drywall and painting the basement if I framed it out, which adds to the expense. I’m just not sure if in the long run it’ll be worth all the extra time and expense for framing out the basement walls when I don’t plan on turning the basement into a living space I just plan on using it as a workshop/storage etc..
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