Carter Construction Management

Friday, August 3, 2012

Finished Basement

The basement in Canton that we have been renovating is finished!  The homeowners are now using their new space including an area for enjoying music, a new bathroom, and a new den with a wet bar.  With their choices of lighting, flooring, doors, windows, and trim designed to match the first floor, the new space immediately feels like home.  Check out some images of the new space below:

Craig Carter

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Basement Flooring

To complete the finish work for the basement we've been working on, we installed floating vinyl strip flooring.  The commercial grade planks look just like wood and are removable if necessary in the future.  It is the perfect solution for installations over concrete because its vapor barrier prevents bending and cupping of the material.

The flooring is quick and easy to install, and the completed look is first rate.  Paramount Rug in Brockton, MA provided this excellent flooring solution.

With the flooring done, all that remains to do in this basement renovation job is to obtain the final inspections from plumbing, electrical, and building inspectors.  Check back soon for images of the new living spaces our clients have added to their lovely home in the Boston suburbs.
Craig Carter

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Basement Finish Work

The basement that weare finishing is starting to look more and more like another wing of thehouse.  The walls are painted, and we areinstalling all the plugs, switches and switch plates.  Sconces are going up, and the lights arebeing trimmed.  The ugly electric panel isnow covered with fine cabinet doors.

The built-in cabinetrywill not only be functional, but it will add the charming detail that invitesone into a room. 

We have begun thetile work in the bathroom which now looks like any first floor powderroom. 

In the wet bar and bath,the countertops have been installed on the new cabinets so the next step is thefinal plumbing work.  Check back for ournext post to see how we are converting this basement from dark, under-utilized storageareas into appealing and comfortable living spaces.
Craig Carter

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Creating An Unbasement-Like Basement

We continue to makegood progress renovating the basement for our client who wants to takeadvantage of this spacious, but under-utilized area in his new house. Theplastering of the ceiling and walls is done, and it looks great.

After the plastering is done

Trim and doors upstairs

What makes the new basement rooms seem to be an extension of the rest of the houseis matching the trim, windows and doors. The trim upstairs consists of simple but elegant casings.  The raised panel doors have two insets, andthe top one is arched.  The casings anddoors are painted white.

Trim and door in the basement

We use the same materialsin the new basement even on the wide opening between rooms. 

NOTE: Before we installedthe doors and door jams, we made sure to seal the bottoms with Kilz.  Although wefound no evidence of water, leaving unfinished wood exposed is never a goodidea, especially in a basement.

The next steps tofinish our basement will be the installation of cabinetry and the templating ofcountertops.  Look for future postingsabout this part of the job.

Craig Carter

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Basement Ceiling

My clients want theirrenovated basement to look like the rest of their home so they are making many similarconstruction choices here including a high plaster ceiling instead of a lower, droppedceiling.  We will be putting up blueboardand plastering over it to match the finishes elsewhere in the house.  It will cost a little more than a droppedceiling and take a little longer to install, but the feel of the new rooms willbe very unbasement-like. 

In the framing, I amusing studs about 107” long for the 8’ 6” foot ceiling height to save lumber andlabor costs.  If we had used 10’ studs,we have had a lot more cutting to do and faced some unavoidable waste inmaterials. 

So, the remainingtasks before installing the ceiling will be some plumbing and the wiring forpower, lighting, smoke and motion detectors, and audio/visual components.  We previously installed a new electricsubpanel to handle the electrical requirements of the basement.  All the new audio/visual wiring will return toa central closet where stereo equipment will be placed at a later time. 
The client wisely spent many hours browsing magazines and the Netlooking for lighting ideas, and together with her brother-in-law, anelectrician, she has arrived at a well thought out lighting plan.  Another choice would have been to work with afirst rate lighting company such as Yale Appliance and Lighting in Boston or A.D.Cola in Natick, MA. 

One drawback of aplaster ceiling is having no inherent access to the plumbing and wiringconnections after the ceiling is installed. To solve this problem, I utilize strategically placed plastic ceilingpanels.  Not only do they provide thenecessary access, but they can be painted to match the rest of the ceiling.  See more about them on the Net.

Andso the crucial work on the infrastructure of the new basement continues.  Note below that in preparation for theplastering steps (both ceiling and walls), I laid down tar paper toprotect the floors.

Craig Carter
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