Framing Layout for a Basement Finish
Hello everyone, Caleb with Dansie Design Build. Today we are laying out the framing for a basement finish in Riverton, Utah; I want to show you some of the symbols we use to get the framing done right and know where everything will end up.
I also want to show you the laser tool we use to ensure that we get everything level and plumb; it helps speed up getting the walls straight and level.
Ensuring the Framing is Figured Out with the Plumbing
When laying the framing out, ensure that you have the framing figured out with the plumbing. So in the bathroom, we have the tub plumbing, toilet, and vanity sink. And because this is a load-bearing wall, it’s important to remember you can’t drill through the studs and have a big hole to bring the drain pipe through. So those walls must stay intact, and you can’t drill through them to accommodate plumbing; that’s one crucial thing.
How to Indicate Where the Stud Framing Will Go
In the bedroom with a closet, we have lines on the floor where the walls will go. So we snapped those lines and marked them with a T and an X for the trimmer stud and the full stud, the ‘king stud.’ So that is how we indicate how we will frame it. And then, at the top, it hooks together, and the trimmer is shorter, which stays underneath the doorway header.
But when they’re not load-bearing, we can do a two-by-four.
Establish Where the Door Swings Will Be
I also mark the door swings so that we establish precisely where those doors will be swinging, and then we don’t have to worry about miscommunications during construction. So both the bedroom closet and the linen closet that’s accessible will have double doors and are marked with symbols, so we know that when we’re laying out the framing.
Using a Framing Laser
A great tool we have when laying out where the framing will go is a framing laser. This automatically creates a level line based on gravity, creating a plumb line. When we use the laser, we align the lines we’ve snapped on the ground and shoot the laser beam across the room and up onto the ceiling so that we have an excellent idea of exactly where that wall needs to be to bring the lines that we snapped on the floor up to the ceiling and get plumb walls.
Contact Dansie Design Build
If you want to finish your basement or remodel your home, you can request a consultation, and we’ll reach out to you. We also have a resources tab with tons of information for you to access, such as a home remodeling cost guide, a basement finishing cost guide, and a basement finishing cost calculator. So check it out! Have an excellent rest of your day!