Rob and Sarah’s basement day 1: File this under shocking things we see. That I-beam is holding up the house. Not the best spot to cut an opening for a door.
Day 5: Framing almost finished. Dricore done. Electrical done (Salter Electrical). Plumbers are coming on Monday (Penta Plumbing) and spray foam insulation crew (O’Reilly Brothers) is coming on Tuesday.
Day 10: Turning that awkward support post into an area for symmetrical built-in shelves.
Oh YUM. Thanks Rob and Sarah!
Day 19: tiled the bathroom shower with 12″ x 24″ Pasha Collection tiles from Home Depot.
Day 20: Drop ceiling the clients purchased from Costco.
Sue and Benoit wanted their renovated basement to include an office and family area, which would include a music area. They are also big fans of barn board and live-edge wood, which we were able to use throughout the space.
Day 1: Dricore laid on entire 600 sq ft floor.
Day 1: Dricore laid on entire 600 sq ft floor.
We ALWAYS appreciate home-baked goods. Sue thoroughly spoiled us.
(Not to mentioned their helpful pre-planning and drawing of the space.)
By day 10 the electrical, framing, drywall and mudding was done.
Day 10 by the numbers: 54 sheets of drywall, 500 feet of tape, 2 buckets of mud, and 176 feet of metal corner bead.
Sue and Benoit’s basement renovation day 12: Three and a half hours of constant sanding. Shoulder workout anyone?
Day 13: Homemade zucchini bread with lemon drizzle. Thanks Sue!!
Day 15: The walls and ceiling are painted, and the laminate floor is going down. The floor is Grey Oak from the Timeless range.
day 16: Built closet doors this morning from the reclaimed barn board from KJP Select Hardwoods.
When you finish a reno, it’s Friday, and your happy clients give you beer and baked goods.
And the basement is done! Sue and Benoit were kind enough to send these photos once they’d set up the basement. Enjoy!
Stephanie and Todd have two children and wanted 850q ft of the basement in their Orleans home renovated as a family area, play area, separate gym room and storage room. A bathroom was also framed for a future renovation.
Day 1: Exterior walls were already framed. We got to work framing the interior walls for a gym, family room, furnace room, storage room and future bathroom.
Day 5: Basement renovation walls are framed, drywalled, mudded and sanded.
Many buckets of drywall mud for all the new basement walls.
West Coast Grey going on the basement walls.
Day 15: Homeowners chose an Ikea TV unit and ‘Sassy Stone’ from Home Depot for the entertainment area.
Completed entertainment area with corner shelves and recessed lights to highlight the stone.
Day 17: Completed gym area with closet and laminate floor in “Autumn Hickory” from Home Depot.
Rick is adding a 6.5′ x 6.5′ 3-piece bathroom to his basement… in place of his current tiki bar.
Before: Tiki bar. Who needs to go south when you have this in your basement?
Day 1: The tiki bar is gone. We’re breaking up the concrete to create channels for the new bathroom drainage.
Day 5: Dricore is laid, leaving the plumbing exposed. Next we’ll frame the room.
Day 5: Framing is complete for this bathroom in the basement.
Day 8: A layer of sound insulation followed by two layers of drywall and the first coat of drywall. And, the shower wall system, chosen by the homeowner, is installed.
Day 10: Drywall sanding and priming complete, ceiling painted twice in white, one coat of Martha Stewart ‘Hydrangea’ on the walls AND floor tiles laid. Grouting on Monday. Really looking forward to having a light in here.
Day 12. Everything is installed and Donald is caulking the shower. Just paint touch ups to do and a good clean.
We’re renovating a 520 sq. ft. L-shaped section of basement, while the other half is already used for laundry.
The renovated section will be used for an entertainment area. hobby desk and workout space.
Day 1: First up is demolition, which went so smoothly that we were framing by 1 p.m.
Day 1, 1 p.m.: Demolition done. Bringing in 2x4s for framing.
Day 2: We finished framing, then self-levelling compound was spread over uneven floor areas, followed by 156 sheets of Dricore subfloor.
Day 4: 38 ten-foot-long sheets of drywall were delivered. At the end of the day, all of the framing is complete, the insulation and vapour barrier is in place and most of the ceiling has drywall installed. Belinda sent a very nice email tonight:
The week seems to be flying by – with amazing progress. I like the way the ceiling bulkheads seem to divide the space in three and it is great to see how the room is taking shape.
Day 5: Ceiling, all bulkheads and partial wall drywall done.
Day 5: Ceiling, all bulkheads and partial-wall drywall done. Now we’re leaving the client’s home like you should for the weekend: tidy.
Day 9: Drywalling and mudding done.
Day 20: Renovation done!
A few words from Belinda:
We are enjoying our new basement! We are slowly setting up the spaces and make many (many) trips up and down the stairs.
The stairs are fabulous! I think, at this point, they are my favourite part. We had so many discussions about them and my ‘idea book’ was over-full of photo-options. They really work and are even ‘elegant’. Plus, you equalized the riser height so no one trips at the top any more!
Thanks to you and Don, for all the good work and attention to detail.
Day 20: Belinda and Ron in their finished basement. (Um… I’m better with a drill than a camera, sorry)
Day 4: Framing and strapping complete. We’ve framed the storage room, main plumbing stack and all seven bulkheads. The storage room doorway is 36″ wide so they can get larger items in.
Day 6: hanging drywall. You can see three ceiling
heights in this picture.
Day 6: 48 sheets of 4’x8′ drywall were delivered yesterday for the walls and ceiling. Larger sheets wouldn’t fit down the basement stairs. We rented a lift to help with the ceiling pieces.
Day 8: installing 260 feet of metal corner bead and
200 feet of mesh tape.
Day 8: Installing a whopping 450 feet of paper tape, 260 feet of metal corner bead and 200 feet of mesh tape. That easily beats our previous record of 400 feet of corner tape in Drew and and Lisa’s Westboro basement.
Day 10: all seams and corners are mudded.
Day 10: With all of those edges and seams, you can imagine how much mudding is going on.
Day 12. And then we sanded.
Day 12: And then we sanded.
A few words from Bernie:
“Paul and Don did a great job. The ceiling and storage space look especially great.
“The renovation took longer to finish than Paul had initially estimated, but he did not change his price even though we offered to pay more. A refreshing example of someone with integrity!”
Completed basement. This shelving unit covers pipes.