Finally done with the basement remodel

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Project by Chris Carlson posted 01-10-2012 09:16 PM 1381 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first construction/woodworking project. I hated my basement and was inspired by my father-in-law who just completed his basement remodel. He suggested this book: Taunton’s Remodeling a basement; and it took off from there. I gutted everything, put in egress windows, redid electrical, plumbing, sheetrock and finish work. Its handy to be employed at the fire department, because everyone has a side job, so I received some help. The built-in cabinets were fun to create; the bedroom behind the rec. room has a built-in book self and door to access the rear of the receiver and the wiring chase that runs to both cabinets and the TV. The under-the stairs cabinets were tricky but I am happy with the outcome. I should have planned for more DVD storage! It makes good use of otherwise useless space. All cabinets were constructed of Red Oak lumber and plywood. All was finished with a fruitwood stain and 3 coats of poly.

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 09:46 PM

Very nice, very nice indeed! I have a similar need in our basement. Thanks for some ideas!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 01:04 AM

NICE built-ins, top notch job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 04:11 AM

Very good job I like those built ins too.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 04:31 AM

I like the way that cleans it all up. It looks professionally built.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 03:18 PM

Great job on your basement. I miss having a basement. You dont find many here on California. The storage areas are great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 09:50 PM

Great remodel. Love the home theatre wall.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 11:57 PM

Super nice job on the remodel. I like how you incorporated those pullouts for the movies, and storage, etc.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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