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  1. Of many things my dad never finished on the house, insulating the basement was one of them. Now, other than wintertime, it’s not been an issue, but I’d like to do something about it. Here’s what it looks like now.... The first idea is to put insulation along the perimeter where there’s nothing but brick on the other side. We’d want to seal it in so bits of insulation don’t get in the air. This part looks easy as most of it has no obstructions to deal with, and where there is a obstruction, I can cut the insulation to slip over/around it. The other idea is to also close in the ceiling, but we don’t want anything permanent or expensive. As you can see, plumbing, gas, phone and electrical is run along the rafters. Dad didn’t bother with conduits. So if we want to add or repair anything, we’d have to be able to access it. I was thinking of a veneer that could be screwed into the rafters. While doing this, I also considered adding a layer of insulation, but the typical space between rafters is 15 inches. The barrier would both close in the ceiling and ensure the insulation stays isolated from open air. I don’t know if anyone makes a “sealed” insulation. I’ve seen the kind that has a “lip” so you can staple it in place, but that’s all I know of off the top of my head. Would a drop ceiling do the job better...especially when coupled with perimeter insulation? As you can see in the second photo, there is only a few inches between the bottom of the rafters and windows in the basement. I’m not sure if that’s enough space. The odds are we’d have to hire a handyman to do the ceiling (definitely a two-man job) but I could probably do the perimeter myself. Thoughts?
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