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Amy’s Series: White Painted Ceiling vs. Black Painted Ceiling


Amy’s Series: White Painted Ceiling vs. Black Painted Ceiling

by Amy Iverson / June 28, 2019

When I told my project manager about my choice to paint the laundry room ceiling white he was concerned I may not be happy with the outcome.  He warned me that I would see all the imperfections of the wood (splinters, wires, caulk, etc.)  I didn't mind this, as I was going for a light whimsy feel and did not want black. In the exercise room we chose a black...

Amy’s Series: Selection Meeting 2 of 2

by Amy Iverson / May 16, 2019

Pam and I met for a second time to complete the our color choices.  In the last meeting we finalized the design, now we need to pick out the plumbing fixtures, flooring, cabinets, counter tops, back-splash at the bar, door styles, paint/stain colors...what else?  Oh yeah, the wood on the fireplace wall, hand rail, and door hardware. I was told that I would need to have my plumbing and lighting...

10 Bars and The Cocktails They Inspire

by Adam Jensen / March 22, 2019

Have you ever looked at something and it inspired a thought or feeling? Do you ever just see a place or thing and think about other things like food or drinks. If so then these bars from past jobs are sure to make you think of some pretty awesome things. We were looking at them and they made us think which cocktail would go best with this design. Take a...

See Your Finished Basement Before It Is Built!

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Whether you are deciding to finish your lower level for added entertaining space, extra guest space, a place for the kids to hang out, or a fitness room, imagining what the basement will look like before it's built can be tough. Not everyone has an eye for reading and understanding blueprints. That is why we offer 3-Dimensional images of your basement before we begin construction! You can see multiple views...

Electric Fireplaces as a Design Feature

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Thinking about finishing or remodeling your basement? Adding unique design features can help make sure your basement stands out. One great way to do this is to add an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces have come a long way in recent years. They can be easily added to any space while still adding extra warmth. Electric fireplaces can be controlled with a remote and can offer some additional features that traditional...

What is an HDMI Stub Up?

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

If we are finishing your basement and you have plans to mount your TV onto the wall we recommend something we call an HDMI Stub Up. What is an HDMI Stub Up? Behind the determined location of your TV, we will cut two holes into the wall, one behind the TV and one down towards the floor that will allow you to run cords behind the finished wall keeping them hidden. Notice...

These 6 Things Can Have a Big Impact In Your Basement

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Focusing on the overall function and practicality of a design can seem monumental. Our designers will handle the greater concerns of your basement design such as wall placements for rooms, working around obstacles, and eliminating wasted space. Here are six things you should keep in mind when the construction of your dream space is complete: 1. Night Lights Night Lights are inviting. They bring a feeling of warmth late at night...

Read This Before You Create A Home Theater!

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Thinking about creating a home theater space in your home? Have you thought about how much space you may need to have for optimal viewing distance? Depending on the size of your TV you may need more space than you think to have the optimal view of the screen. For HDTVs, a good practice is to make the viewing distance 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 times the size of the screen diagonal....

10 Design Elements That Will Make Your Basement Unique!

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Are you interested in finishing your basement but need ideas on how to make it unique? Here is a list of 10 things to make your basement stand out! 1. Secret Door Adding a secret door to your basement creates an interesting feature that most others do not have. These secret doors are a great alternative to a standard doorway leading to the storage areas of your basement. [caption id="attachment_602"...

A Look Back: Basement Remodeling Trends from 2018

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Finished Basements Plus is always striving to stay up to date on the latest and greatest trends of the year for remodeling. While keeping up with the trends we also focus on our homeowners and ensuring that they have the best basement remodeling experience possible. As 2018 has come to a close and 2019 has just begun, let’s look back and reflect on our basement kitchens/bars and baths we have...