[Summit] Finishing a Basement?

Emlyn Addison noisyblocks at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 15:22:57 CDT 2016

We have the same kind of basement, and faced a similar quandary a few years
back. One of the greatest challenges is managing moisture and so we were
wary of putting up walls--moisture barriers that might end up trapping
moisture and causing havoc.

I'm no mason or contractor, but here's what I did (by myself, 1-yard
sections at a time, over 6 months): plastering over the field stone with a
specific Quikrete mortar and an acrylic additive. I got pretty good at
mixing and slapping this into the big cracks and crevices, then smoothing
it over with a trowel and letting it dry. Then I went over the whole
basement with a paint gun. That was about 8 years ago and it's still
looking and working well. It's not a "finished basement" but no more
powdered mortar on the ground, water seepage, or ugly stone.

I figure a contractor would have charged us thousands for this job, but who
knows, maybe you could fine someone to do it affordably? We also put up a
few walls and doors, but you always have to be mindful of ventilation (and
building codes near water heaters, boilers, windows, etc).

Good luck.


On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM, Peter Sandby-Thomas <
peter.sandbythomas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> We are currently considering finishing part of our basement to serve as a
> playroom for our kids (!) but we live in an old house with a foundation
> made from fieldstone and mortar. When it rains heavily (particularly the
> first rain of the season), we get a little bit of seepage in one of the
> corners but my questions is for those with similar types of basements and
> whether it is actually possible to effectively finish this type of basement
> (e.g. sealant paint, studs, dry wall, insulation, etc. along with
> rugs/carpeting)?
> Any insight would be gratefully received.
> Many thanks,
> Peter
> Langham Road
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