A recent customer who was finishing her basement wanted to create a space under the stairs where her kids could read books and feel like they were sitting in the clouds. She planned on having lots of fluffy pillows in there, and she decided the space needed a cloud shaped entrance and a raised platform inside to make it feel like you were stepping up into the clouds. Here’s how we built the cloud-shaped entrance:
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Would you like custom built-ins without the custom built-in price tag? Frame them! Ealier this year I finished a basement for some customers who wanted some built-in bookshelves with a toy chest, and a TV area with shelves and component cubbies. It took a little more work and material with the framing, sheetrock, trim and painting stages of the project, but saved them money over going with custom built-in cabinets.
Scheduling is a key component of managing any construction project. I recently completed a partial basement finish with a large family room, kid’s study, and some storage closets, in just 3 weeks. Here’s how I scheduled the work so that it could be finished in just 16 work days:
We bought a front load washer and dryer 5 years ago when we built our home. Instead of paying the $600 for washer & dryer pedestals (which are nice for raising the height of the washer and dryer as well as providing storage), I built a raised platform in our laundry room out of left-over building materials I already had. Raising front load washers and dryers makes doing laundry more ergonomic, with less bending over. I recently built a raised laundry platform in another home that improved upon my origional design by adding tile, cubbies for laundry bins below and additional built-in storage shelving.
For a while now, my wife has had trouble finding a pair of earrings, or untangling a necklace from the boxes where she kept all her jewelry inside our master bathroom cabinet drawer. So this year for Christmas, she asked me to build a jewelry cabinet for her bling.