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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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“Wood” Tile?

porcelain "wood" tile

Can you tell what kind of flooring this is?  No- it’s not wood flooring, or laminate, or vinyl planks.  It’s simply… TILE.

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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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DIY Toy Building Blocks

DIY toy building blocks

We realized our house is very kid-UNfriendly.  Not that it’s unsafe for kids- we just got done locking everything dangerous away (see post on magnetic tot locks).  We just didn’t have anything around that would seem interesting or fun for children.  That is, unless the kids suddenly got the urge to chew on a doggy bone or fetch a slobbery tennis ball.

My wife noticed a basket full of toy building blocks a few years back while attending a bridal shower at my cousin’s house.  She thought the blocks could help kids learn shapes, encourage creativity, and they also looked decorative, displayed in a unique basket.  So, as you can guess, I got recruited to help her make some for our house.

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Protect Health and Safety During Home Renovations

health and safety

Here is a guest post from Brian with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  Brian is a health advocate and blogger who has been researching and writing about health and safety concerns that one should consider while doing home renovations and DIY projects to help keep you and your family safe.

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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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Window Seat with Storage

window seat

Some really awesome friends of mine decided to take advantage of the space in their living room bay window by adding a window seat with storage for their piano books.  They felt the space would be more useful for them with a built-in seat, and the extra storage would alleviate any clutter near the piano.

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Tile Kitchen Backsplash

tile kitchen backsplash

When the owners purchased this house, they loved the existing countertops in the kitchen, but hated how they were missing any kind of backsplash.  It was just plain old painted sheetrock- not the best surface for splatters and spills.  So they found some travertine, marble, and glass mosaic tiles that they had my company Lone Pine Construction install for a full-height backsplash which added functionality and cosmetic appeal to the kitchen.

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Magnetic Tot Locks

magnetic tot locks

As aspiring foster parents, Desiree and I have had to get referral letters, take a series of fostering classes, pass background checks; and the final hurdle was to pass an in-home safety inspection. This is where a state inspector comes out to make sure you have fire extinguishers, first aid kits in each car, emergency phone numbers posted, among other things… and… that any household item that could make a kid sick if swallowed is locked up by a key, a combination, or a magnetic lock.

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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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