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Basement Finishing

Most basements in production homes look something like this. You have ductwork running everywhere you don't want it. And, if you are lucky, you'll have the added joy of low steel beams, plus a few posts usually stuck out in the middle of the floor.

The trick is to somehow cover everything up so that , once finished, looks as natural as possible. Sometimes that takes a creative contractor - not to mention an open minded Customer :-)

Case in point; the lowered ceiling framing in the middle of this picture is the result of just such a collaboration. The main heat duct ran under a steel beam (thus lowering the ceiling height) and there was not one but TWO posts in this same location.

These walls were far more simple - just frame & insulate.

With all the framing & insulation done, we're ready for drywall.

Note that, wherever possible, I like to build the exterior walls a little away from the foundation walls, thereby allowing me to put extra wall insulation behind all of the electrical receptacle and switch boxes, as well as the cable tv and telephone outlets. You 'de be surprised how many of those things get built in to the outside walls and how much that little bit extra effort pays off in comfort come winter time.

With the drywall up, you can see how the creative solution to the ductwork/beam/posts conundrum is coming together as a built in cabinet.

The finished basement with all the paint and trim complete.

The challenge of the ductwork ended up acting as both a focal point as well as a visual separation of the different zones in this basement.

A close up shot of the built in cabinet. An oak top serves as a convenient spot for a small flat screen TV and the solid oak doors below allow for hideaway storage for the kids toys.

I love it when a plan comes together :-)

Looking back in the opposite direction, the fireplace comes into view.

The mantel for the fireplace was actually relocated from a fireplace on the main floor of this house. On that other one, I installed a new oak mantel and ceramic tile border.

To the right, you can see the roughed in satellite coax, speaker and HDMI cables for the flat screen TV that would be installed here. I also reinforced the framing on that wall to support the TV.

You'll notice how I like to step back the wall framing around this style of basement window. Rather than building the wall right up to the window edge, the window feels larger by having this indented 'box' built around it. The white trim colour helps to reflect the incoming light more and the lowered sill makes it easier for the homeowner to reach the window.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have!