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Raised Laundry Platform

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I built another raised laundry platform recently through my company Lone Pine Construction, a little different from the last couple I discussed in my previous built-in raised laundry platform post, and will show step by step how this one was constructed for those who would like to build one themselves.

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Corner Stage

corner stage

One thing I’ve learned as a foster parent is that kids love attention.  A recent customer had me add a feature to their basement family room to give their kids some of that attention… a corner stage.

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How to Firestop Your Basement

how to firestop your basement

One of the most common things a DIYer neglects to do when finishing a basement is to install proper firestop per code.  Firestop is required by building code to impede a potential fire from spreading- which could come in handy if you’re doing your own electrical work.  :)

You will not pass your inspections from the local building department if you don’t install firestop as required.  So don’t forget to firestop!  If you don’t know how to install it, I’ll explain the code and how to meet these firestop requirements.

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Cloud Entrance Under Stairs

cloud entrance

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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Framed Built-ins:

Framed Built-ins

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.

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Open Stairway

open stairway to basement family room

The owner of this home was finishing his own basement, but asked me to help him open up the stairway to the basement family room.

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3-Week Basement Finish: How to Create a Construction Schedule for Your Project

construction schedule

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:

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Work Bench

work bench

What could possibly make you feel more MANLY than having a workbench, either in an unfinished basement, garden shed or garage?  It can be a place to get away for a minute to work on a project or fix something, and also a place to keep your tools organized.

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Garage Overhead MightyShelves

garage overhead mightyshelves

With warm spring days on the way, many of you will be doing some spring cleaning.  Do you have a place where you can put away all your winter/seasonal items?  By installing overhead garage shelving you can easily add 200 square feet of storage to a typical 2-car garage.  Imagine organizing all the items cluttering your home in bins on these garage overhead mightyshelves.

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Built-In Raised Laundry Platform

raised laundry platform

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.

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