Installing Blinds and Window Shades

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 11, Part 2



Bob is in Melrose to review progress, much of which includes creating a dry and moisture-proof basement. He reviews measures taken to develop perimeter drainage, isolate exterior walls to drain into the channel, install a sump system with power backup, and connect a dehumidifier that is designed to work with basement moisture and lower temperatures. An inorganic underlayment for the carpet will keep this finished basement dry even if water makes a return visit. A unique take on window blinds covers the three-panel sliding door with sheer washable fabric that pulls across the surface for privacy and resembles hanging drapes. In the living room, the family opts for blinds that can pull up or down for varying light and privacy levels. A whole-home audio system is also installed with adjustable surround sound, speakers, and multiple remotes for ultimate sound control. The audio source controls multiple zones, including the kitchen and the yard, which has special weatherproof speakers. In the basement a new laundry and utility area is outfitted with a front-loading, energy-efficient washer and dryer, a new freezer, a refrigerator, and a microwave for easy living. A 50-inch flatscreen television and a separate TV for the kids' bedroom complete the technology makeover.

Part 1: Eliminating Basement Moisture
Part 2: Installing Blinds and Window Shades
The new windows have been trimmed with blinds from Bali Blinds. In the kitchen, where a new patio door has been installed, the windows have a unique treatment. Dave Wahtera of Bali Blinds runs through the installation process. First the brackets are drilled into place followed by the head rail. The head rail allows the blind to traverse the rail smoothly. It is helpful to have an extra set of hands during the installation of the head rail. The veins snap into the vinyl stems. The plastic stems, if broken, can be easily replaced. Bali Sheer Enchantment fabric is then placed over the plastic stems making the closed blinds look like draperies. The sheer fabric is snapped into place over the plastic stems. The fabric can be washed if needed. A wood cornice is placed over the top of the blind to hide the head rail. The cord is screwed into place so children cannot get at it. The blind allows three options: One where everything is closed, another where the plastic stems are open and the fabric is in place to let in light but give some privacy, and the last where the blind is completely open giving a view of the backyard. Upstairs in the bedroom and dressing room, Bali Diamond Cell cordless shades were installed. They have a top-down, bottom-up feature that gives privacy and options for letting in light. In the children's room, Bali roller shades were installed featuring racing stripe colors. The basement features Bali Natural Shades made of natural products like reed and bamboo, which nicely fit the room's decor.
Part 3: Installing Whole-Home Audio and Appliances

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