Basement Finishing: Home Theater, Full kitchen, and built in aquarium!!!

Basement Finishing: Home Theater, Full kitchen, and built in aquarium!!!

Current project underway: Basement finishing. This will include a full home theater with 7.2 surround, risers and eating bar. Workout area. Built in aquarium. Full custom kitchen island and pantry. Custom breakfast nook with custom seating and table. Living room, with in-wall/ceiling speakers. Insteon home automation and video surveillance.

Update:
2/25/14: Granite is installed

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Granite is in

2/19/14: Cabinets Up

Cabinets Up

Cabinets Up

2/12/14: Tile Flooring in

2/7/14: Rooms Painted

Theater Painted

Theater Painted

 

1/28/14: new window framed out

Window Retrofit: Frame

Window Retrofit: Frame

1/9/14: Staining and Drywall underway. Generator installed.

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Mold on the particleboard

1/3/14:  As the project is underway, we unfortunately came across some mold, but luckily came across it early before drywall.

It is common to have moisture buildup in a basement, esp if there may be excess humidity. During the sub zero temperatures outside, the humidity and hot basement air led to some condensation and freezing on the particle board.
Black Mold and bowing

Black Mold and bowing

Closer inspection showed some mold growth as well as bowing of the particle board form the original framing. Unfortunately the original builder did not use enough nails to secure the particle board to the framing, which contributed to the bowing.

The mold was tested and was confirmed to be black mold. Prior finishing insulation and drywall, we were able to teat and seal the wood.

After fungicide and sealing treatment

After fungicide and sealing treatment

The homeowner was originally considering adding a window, and figured what better time than now. The bowing would need to be addressed at some point, so they opted to go ahead and install a “pciture window. During the install, we will be able to remove some of the problematic bowing areas and also correct the separation of the particle board.

 

 

 

Island power

Island power

12/22/13: Trenching done to bring power to the kitchen Island.

The original design did not have an island, but we are always willing to accommodate design changes.

Bathroom rough-in

Bathroom rough-in

Originally rough-in’s were done for a bathroom when the house was built, but unfortunately they were placed too close to eachother and to the wall.

For anyone on the market to build a new house, make sure rough-ins are placed in an appropriate location

Below are some before/during/after comparisons:

Home Theater

 

 

BATHROOM

PANTRY

 

KITCHEN

 

LIVING ROOM

 

Livingroom Window Retrofit

Hallway

 Workout Room

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Panoramic View

Panoramic View

Panoramic View

 

 

 

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