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Updating and Insulating a Wood Paneled Basement
Congratulations! Your home has a finished basement complete with wood or another interior wall paneling. However, it's only suitable in summer and makes an excellent wine cellar the rest of the year. Here's how we tackled these problems and created a beautiful space. Many finished basements with interior wall paneling are just too cold during the winter. The reason is that the contractor just installed wood paneling without any insulation. Don't despair though. Here's where we can help. After all, we've been there. Our basement room was like an ice box in the winter. The painted wood paneling was also dreadful too. It was full of unused extra furniture and junk. Here's a photo without the junk (in case you are wondering, this window was going to boxed in to make way for the new front porch). Our goal was to retake the space and make it very comfortable and pleasant. We had a 24 x 27 feet space to work with and carved out two bedrooms complete with walk in closets and a storage room. Let's tackle the paneling first. We didn't want to retain the wood paneling. So the question then became whether or not to remove the wood paneling before installing insulation and drywall. Some contractors told us to rip the wood paneling out, but this did not make sense to us. What you ultimately decide depends on:
- What the wood paneling is nailed to (2 x 4 or fur strip),
- How much space you have to work with, and
- How much insulation and R rating you want to install.