Basement Remodel

Hello to all our readers.  First off, I’d like to apologize for the long dry spell in posting.  The last couple of months have been unusually demanding from a day job perspective and I haven’t had much if any spare time to post.  However, work continues on my daughter’s basement and I will be updating the project. I thank you for your patience and look forward to bringing everyone up to date as well as posting pictures of the project at this point.  We’re pretty happy with the way it has turned out.

Stay tuned for the next installment !


Remodeling a Basement Family Room #8

Finally this basement remodel is moving into the stage that I as a woodworker, really enjoy; the finish work. Up to this point there has been a lot of work, some that shows such as replacing the paneling with the sheetrock and adding much needed lighting,  and some that doesn’t, such as upgrading the electrical systems in this room and the installation of the insulation behind the sheetrock. Knowing my limits, some of this work I stepped aside as others did their magic, such as the taping and the painting of the room.  But finally all of that is done and we can start applying the finishing touches.

Let’s start with the simple stuff, the baseboard molding. Along the perimeter of the original family room there is baseboard heating.   This molding stands 7 5/8″ tall. We figured that the use of standard floor case  work which measures only 2 2/3″ to 2 1/2 ” tall would look very silly where it met up with the baseboard heaters. Another issue was that the baseboard heaters are a 1 1/2″ deep.  The conventional store bought molding is only 3/8 ” thick, again this would really look small and out of proportion with the baseboard heaters.

My solution was to make my own molding that better matches the  baseboard heaters.  My molding consists of a 3/4″ thick 7 ” wide piece of MDF plywood.  Atop of this molding I added a store bought piece of 3/4″ cove molding.  My choice of MDF over other materials was made for several reasons.  First MDF is extremely stable, add to this that its smooth surface accepts paint easily.  Another reason is that MDF is somewhat impervious to water.  It is the same material that is used for many road signs which must endure the harsh weather that nature applies. Read more…