Building Basement Walls


Building Basement Walls

Hello my friends, welcome to week 3 the Spring ORC: Building Basement Walls. This week we will be building walls in the basement for the future sauna and bathroom.

Welcome to week 3 of the spring season of the ORC: Building Basement Walls. This season we will be designing our Home Gym located in our basement that we have been finishing out over the past year. So, this will be a fun room for the next 8 weeks as we build walls, and see this room take shape literally from the start to the finish line.


WEEK 1     WEEK 2     WEEK 3   WEEK 4    WEEK 5

WEEK 6    WEEK 7


Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was originally started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home. It is currently hosted twice a year, in May and October for the past 17 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 600 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes.  The participants have a total of six weeks, from start to finish, to complete a full room transformation. Over 5,000 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites, like Better Homes and Gardens the hosting media site this season.

Inspiration Board: The Home Gym


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Building Basement Wall Blueprints:

This week we are actually building the walls for the future sauna and bathroom sections of this room. As I have mentioned before these particular rooms will not be seen in the finished portion of this One Room Challenge however we do have to construct the actual walls at this time to complete the division of the rooms.Before Home Gym JENRON DESIGNS

I would be remiss to not mention that we did do a complete floor plan and layout of how these rooms would be built and constructed with sizes and so forth before just heading into this project.Blueprint Home Gym Basement JENRON DESIGNS

As you can see from the plan above we are adding a bathroom, with linen closet inside, and a bedroom closet area which will be a sauna for this space. We are building all the walls at one time since lumber has just been increasing in price currently, we figured it was better safe than sorry. It seems to be a sound idea to just frame everything out at one time for the ease of getting the project done and while the supplies are all readily available at a reasonable price point.Securing Walls JENRON DESIGNSDepending on how you decide to build your walls there are two method which we have done, both on this project. Stick building in place and floor building then lifting into place. Both methods work fine, and it really just depends on the area that you are building which method works best.Stick Built Basement Walls JENRON DESIGNS For example, if the area you are building is weight bearing, in a doorway or against a concrete wall that has been furred out the stick built method is the way to go. Freestanding walls like the ones we built for the closets and interior walls were much easier to floor build and rise. The picture above shows the floor building method. Drilling the Baseplate JENRON DESIGNSOne thing to keep in mind is to always use pressure treated lumber as your baseboard and for all walls touching concrete. I believe this is a standard building code in most states, but in case it is not, this is always a good practice. You will also want to make sure that your walls are secured into the concrete floor as well with heavy duty TapCon Concrete screws. Again, this is also a building code in most states as well and falls into the structural portion of building.Squaring Up Walls JENRON DESIGNSYou also always want to make sure that all of you walls are square, this will save you a lot of heartache down the road when you get into sheetrock and finishes. I can say from experience that not many walls in our home are square from my existing builder, lol however moving forward our walls will be, which is why our future homes will probably be built by us, dream big right?Basement Walls JENRON DESIGNS

As you can see above we got the entire section of walls built for the closet/future sauna and the bathroom. While these will be future projects and not a part of this One Room Challenge we are now ready to move forward in the home gym  space. We can finish running the electrical in the ceiling and these walls. As you can see we have already placed the boxes. Next we we also be doing the HVAC ductwork in the ceiling as well.


WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations

WEEK 2: Insulate Walls & Paint/Seal Concrete Walls

WEEK 3: Build Out Walls for Bathroom & Sauna

WEEK 4: Run Electrical, Set Light Boxes, & HVAC ducts

WEEK 5: Add Brick Walls & Sheetrock

WEEK 6: Vintage Locker Build Out Project

WEEK 7: Set Faux Wood Padded Floor Squares for Workout Space



  1. Amber Myers

    How nice. I wish we had a basement. I could use the extra space!

  2. Kat F.

    You make it look so easy!! I dream at night of putting in rooms in our basement but was always too intimidated to even try. You are so inspirational!

  3. Finished basements make a home so much nicer. It was interesting to read how things were framed out.

  4. Thank you for that insight, while there is so much information that goes into finishing out a basement it is hard to pick and choose what to include in a short weekly blog post, so I tried to just clover the basics. It could literally take an entire book on how to do it properly, in fact some of the best DIY books I read as teenager was the Time Life Series for Homebuilding.

  5. Bella

    I cant wait to see what it looks like when it all done!!! gonna be so pretty 🙂 Im redoing my house right now and im so stoked on it

  6. We LOVE your mood board and how beautifully organized and informative your posts are…well done! 👏 We’re looking forward to continuing to follow your transformation! Best wishes from fellow ORC participants!

  7. Wow, this is super impressive. And so jealous of your coming soon sauna. Well done!

  8. Serena

    I miss the days of having a basement! I can’t wait to see what this looks like once it’s all done.

  9. You gain so much more room with a finished basement. Love the sauna idea…Nicely done!!

  10. Tisha

    Loving this! I wish I could finish my basement but it’s a rental!

  11. Lan @Apollo Group iptv

    I have to thank you for all the efforts you have put in this website. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal website now 😉

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