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Pekoecat

11:23AM | 03/09/05
Member Since: 01/27/04
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We have an unfinished basement (plan on finishing it to include a living area) and would like to add a bedroom but we don't want to use up too much of our living space because a bedroom will only be used occasionally (a couple times a year).

We are wondering if there is any way of keeping the one wall a "moveable wall" so that when the bedroom isn't being used we can keep it open to the rest of the basement.

I hope I'm explaining myself well enough.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Angela




k2

04:46PM | 03/09/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there Angela, been a while since I "saw" you here; welcome back!

Howabout a "screen", you know, one of those 3-part folding doodads? Not much of a "wall" but maybe it might just work in this instance? Just an idea in case "simple" might just do it for ya!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Pekoecat

03:09AM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 01/27/04
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Hi and thanks for your response.

They would have to be fairly substantial screens (not the flimsy decorative screens I've seen around).

I keep doing searching on the web but so far no luck.

Thanks again.

Angela




k2

04:29PM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi again Angela,

At this point, I can't resist a quote from Albert Einstein:

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Obviously my screen idea was, well, "simpler!"

Take care and good luck Angela! Keep us posted!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Pekoecat

04:04AM | 03/14/05
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Good point - thank you.

:-)

Angela




MistressEll

04:50AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
K2 and Angela:

When I first approached this issue, I too thought screens, then I figured How many I needed, that they weren't that stable and the cost involved, plus the cheapest "shoshi" type had paper liners and would be a bear to vacuum and couldn't be washed, I was disheartend. Easier? These are so easy to install they're easier to install than a simple verticle blind installation outside mount for a patio door! Plus for my own basement (I just installed these since last post) I mounted a 1x4 (their hanging strength is minimal) on my low clearance basement ceiling joists (first floor foor-joists) that I shimmed and leveled, then mounted the track. Finished the ceiling to that point and simple 1/4 round for transisiton so it looks great. Cost? Well I got the whole area done for 1/3 the cost of the cheapest screens I could find and when I don't want the area closed off I don't have four foot thick of multiple folded screens to store. Plus I have floor to ceiling screening when in-use, light blocked but not air nor noise/temperature etc.

Thanks so much for not bothering to consider the idea by that one company or some other. I thought six bucks a linear foot was pretty reasonable price and 1/2 hour install time ONCE was pretty EASY solution. And since *****, ********** and many other "box" stores carry the Spec line in-stock and will order the Line I suggested without mark-up (that can go up to 8 foot tall and each door up to 8 foot wide, and you can order them so they don't have to hinge, but can be opened from EITHER SIDE, was pretty flexible. The fact they are custom trimmable on sight for floor irregularities/slope and it didn't require any special skill or tools to do so seemed pretty simple as well. Sarcasm doesn't look too pretty on you K2.

Since yr search skills on the web produced NO LUCK for ANY solution, I really thought I was addressing the issues YOU presented Angela with my suggestion, at least gave you some ideas on what else to try in your internet searching. I won't BOTHER trying to help you out again, as I'm TOO OVERWHELMED BY YOUR DISPLAY OF GRATITUDE.

k2

11:49AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hey, I'm a volunteer here, please "be gentle!"

Sarcasm was never my intent. I make hundreds of posts here, and on probably 90% of them I use the little "smiley" emoticon. I try to help people out. It's a place to share ideas and have some fun.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Pekoecat

05:57AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
I didn't mean to stir up any trouble here - I am looking into all options that I find here.

I appreciate all the "moderators" help as well as just regular folk (like me).

Angela




k2

06:17AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi there Angela,

Not to worry there; you didn't stir any trouble! It was the other post that kind of "stung."

But alas, this can happen with the written word; it can get taken out of its intended spirit. Writers have dealt with this problem for a long time!

Thanks for your post Angela, and good luck!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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MistressEll

12:18PM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Okay, sorry guess I had a hormone flare. RE-reading the posts with those recent comments in mind, I'll "mea culpa" on my first interpretation.

Getting back to your issue at hand Angela

If a ceiling mounted "track" would work for you, 2 cheap solutions, both easy, and both require little "maintenance set up" (as screens would - and cheaper than screens). IF noise is not an issue, and you just want privacy and room area darkening while occasionally "in use" as a guest bedroom, and a minimum of sight and/or space disruption when not in use are:

1) using ceiling mounted verticle blinds. Now this can be pricey IF your ceilings are greater than standard "door height", and if you want a distance greater than six to six and a half feet wide covered from ONE direction (but if height is an issue you can order longer slats, and either a special order longer track OR use multiple tracks). You could start as cheap as three bucks a linear foot if you have "low" ceilings for this area and regular 4" slats of white or alabaster or hunter green is your color of choice and straight PVC is okay(maybe a sofit/obstruction "demarks" the zone you want to close off) and goes to the "sky's the limit" with regards to materials/colors/fabrics etc. to match your decor.

2) the folding doors option like I suggested an example at LTLHOMEPRODUCTS (.com) which if the height and width limitations of a standard sliding glass window work, can be done for six bucks a linear foot going to 8' tall and 8'wide sections up to 16' linear un-obstructed could start at nine bucks a linear foot and upwards depending on finish color. There are also other producers of such products.

I think as you wish the entire area opened up most of the time as a "great room area" you do NOT want any kind of floor track system as a trip hazard, nor do you want to see anything "massive" interupting the continuity of the room when not closing off this area. Have you looked at those doors I recommended yet? What do you like/NOT LIKE about that idea? I'd be happy to throw some other ideas your way if only I knew your thoughts about my "first pitch".

F.Y.I. I found louvered panels a REAL PAIN to sand/paint/seal and later clean I don't recommend them for THAT reason! I'm also over-fond of things I can wash with lots of water and regular vinegar or household detergents, AND things that I can dust/vacuum freely, efficiently, and with out any special gizmos, but that's "me", I'm kinda a nut about cleaning things and am super anti-mold/mildew because I'm highly allergic to both, hence the non-mold food references previously.

Mea Culpa, and sorry for the sting. I've since had plenty of rest, a healthy dose of theraputic chocolate, and a few days for my system to adjust and brain to think clearly.
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