Recently closed on a split-level. The majority of it is well done, but neither my wife or I were content with the basement. It was partially finished, with a closed off utility room, some hideous carpet, and a hodge-podge closet (enclosed area in one corner of the basement with a door, separated from the rest of the basement). Ripped the majority of the carpet and intend to demolish the closet (it was built on top of the carpet).

In planning out the major milestones of the project, should I rebuild the closet or insulate the exterior walls first?

I have the rest of the project well lined up. Insulate the walls, put up a lattice structure, call an electrician to wire more outlets, put up drywall, tape and paint.

  • Did you mean "demolish the closet"? – ThreePhaseEel Nov 24 '18 at 18:12
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    "Halves" "Closet" are these euphamisms? not everone here speaks American fluently. – Jasen Nov 24 '18 at 18:34
  • Make sure you do any electrical and plumbing work before insulating, especially if you've got bare concrete walls and are looking to fir them out with lumber and put drywall over them. Much cheaper to have that done in the rough than once drywall is up. – FreeMan Nov 28 '18 at 18:22
  • I am guessing the basement is dry since there is carpet but would want to make sure prior to putting up insulation. – Ed Beal Nov 28 '18 at 18:43
  • @EdBeal maybe. There's a section of carpet in one exterior corner, furthest away from the utilities. – Drunk Cynic Nov 28 '18 at 23:37

Insulate first. It's easier now than later.


Insulate 5th.

First is framing, second is HVAC (most difficult to adjust around other features/elements), third is plumbing, fourth is electrical and data, fifth is insulation, then wallboard and paint.

If cabinets are involved, I’d install them next.

I always install the floor coverings last...well, “touch up painting” is very last.

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