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Total Basement Finishing of Connecticut Case Studies: Basement Transformation in Old Greenwich, CT

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 by Sara Figueroa

Challenge

This Old Greenwich, CT homeowner’s basement used to be a cold, uninviting part of his home. Instead of an unsightly storage area, he wanted to transform his basement into a lovely finished living space. With attractive finished floors, walls, and ceiling he could better enjoy his entire home. Since this homeowner had previously experienced problems with moisture in his basement, he reached out to the experts at Total Basement Finishing to help him create a dry, beautiful basement.

Solution

On the day of the appointment Sales Representative Ken Billerback came to the home to examine the basement. After a swift inspection, he began to envision the basement’s transformation and proposed several of his ideas to the homeowner. Among other changes, he and Ken agreed that the basement would need finished walls, ceiling, and new flooring. They also decided that the basement stairs needed to be adjusted to match the appearance of their surroundings.

Foreman Erik Dobrzycki and his crew soon arrived at the home to begin production. The homeowner chose EverLast Walls because they provide many benefits that drywall does not. EverLast is made from 2 ½ inch thick rigid foam insulation and a ½ inch thick concrete cladding on the surface. This cladding is finished with an off-white vinyl surface treatment – a combination that produces a moisture-resistant wall panel with an impressive insulation value of R-13. EverLast is also dent resistant, and 197% stronger than drywall.
The homeowner needed to finish the overhead portion of his basement too, and for this he chose Ceiling Linen. Ceiling Linen is a functional but aesthetically pleasing ceiling tile system specifically designed for basements. The tiles can easily be removed for access to any unsightly plumbing or wiring that hides behind them. With a 30-year warranty against sagging and mold, these tiles are perfect for finishing any basement.

Next the crew added to the basement by installing ThermalDry carpet. Unlike other flooring, ThermalDry is mold and moisture resistant. Each carpet square rests on small plastic pegs, which allows air to circulate below the carpet and dry out moisture as necessary. These pegs also create a thermal break between the cold concrete floor and the carpet that rests on top of it. This thermal break keeps ThermalDry flooring 8-10 degrees warmer than the concrete basement floor. ThermalDry does more than make your basement beautiful, it keeps it warm, dry, and boosts energy efficiency.

Finally, the stairs needed to be adjusted to fit the look of the rest of the basement. The crew decided to completely replace the stairs and added a new handrail to go along with it. With this last touch, the basement was complete. The homeowner was thrilled with the transformation and could not wait to enjoy the comfort of his beautiful new living space.

Project Summary

Foreman: Erik Dobrzycki

Sales Representative: Ken Billerback

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