South Minneapolis Basement Remodel

A remodel is underway. Take a look inside.

Follow along as we remodel an unfinished basement inside this South Minneapolis home.


1 Week Timeline From Exposed Framing To Finished Sheetrock Install

Step 1 – Sheetrock is hung.

Step 2 – Mudder arrives, tapes, and fills any imperfections, voids, or joints. 

Step 3: The mud is left to dry overnight.

Step 4: Imperfections are assessed, and a second or third coat of mud is applied after drying.

Step 5: The walls are sanded for a clean final finish. 

Construction Tip: We factor in an additional day for drying for humid spaces like basements.

Wet Applications: Cement Board In Place Of Sheetrock

In the shower, we stopped the sheetrock installation about 12” from the ceiling to make room for a cementitious board called Durock placed at the location of the new shower tile. Durock provides an ideal surface for mounting tile, especially in wet environments just like this shower. Being that both the Durock and sheetrock are 1/2” thick, we won’t have to worry about an obvious seem between the two different materials.

In the shower, the sheetrock crew leaves openings wherever tile will be installed. Durock will then be installed to prevent water damage and promote better tile adhesion.

Final Steps: Prepping Sheetrock for New Paint

Right after the sheetrock is hung, mudded, and sanded, the crew can apply the selected primer. For its cost-effectiveness, Sherwin Williams CHB primer can be a good option, especially for ceiling applications.  When considering primers, think about the application and the special needs of the room. Humidity from showers, pets, the final paint finish desired, and the ease of cleaning may all play a factor in how to choose your primers and paints!

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