Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 8, Part 2

Bob is back in the nearly completed basement family room in Melrose, MA. The new space has progressed from a dingy, damp lower level to a finished family room. He reviews the basement finishing system from Owens Corning that completes the room with walls, ceiling, and doors. To keep the space moisture and mold-free, Basement Systems has installed perimeter drainage and now a dehumidifier designed to remove water from the air at lower temperatures. An interlocking basement floor system is also installed to protect against water seepage and rot from contact between water-conducting concrete and organic flooring materials. The interlocking floor panels are attached to the floor, covered with padding, and topped with carpet tiles arranged to create a unique pattern. Easy-to-assemble, plywood-based Slide-Lok cabinets are configured and assembled to bring storage and work-surface space to the basement. These customizable storage units have adjustable plastic feet that keep them off of the floor and accommodate uneven floors. Upstairs, California Closets has inventoried the clothing and designed a storage layout with a hanging wall, shoe display, shelving, bureaus, vanity, and makeup space. Chimneys are repaired and relined with flexible, stainless-steel liners, and a remote-controlled, programmable gas fireplace insert is installed in the living room.

Part 1: Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Part 2: Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home
Bob explains that the carpeting pattern in the basement may look like wall-to-wall carpeting, but actually it is Binvetec carpet tiles. Instead of being made up long rolls, the tiles are non-adhesive squares. The pattern on the tiles is designed so that any way the tile is laid, a pattern is created. The system is flexible to allow freedom for creative design. Bob talks with Jered Hamlin of Slide-Lok about the built-in storage furniture being constructed and installed. Slide-Lok is a garage storage cabinet that can also be used in the home. Plastic leg extensions are used to keep the cabinets off the floor. Slide-Lok cabinets are assembled with a slide-in-place technology and dovetail joinery. This cabinet system can be configured and purchased online. A small bead of glue is applied in each of the joints before the shelf slides in. Nailers are slid into place to attach the unit to the wall. Adjustable plastic legs are put into place to keep the cabinet off the floor and correct any inconsistencies in the floor level. Each unit comes with all the installation screws and hardware needed to put the unit together. The master closet of the Melrose home was redesigned to maximize storage space. Chloe Durant of California Closets met with the homeowner to draw up plans on redesigning the space. The dressers in the closet were cluttered and in the wrong areas while hanging clothes were not accessible. A drawer unit with full extension, ball-bearing slides was selected. Double hanging was put into place where the hanging rack used to stand. Women's shoe shelves were put in to display different shoes. A vanity with jewelry drawer section was installed and a hanging wall with hangers at different heights to keep clothes organized. Adding all the hanging units has resulted in a big gain in the amount of open floor space in the walk-in closet.
Part 3: Repairing the Chimneys, Installing a Gas Fireplace Insert and Completed Cabinets in the Basement Family Room