This Week (S713 & S714 scheduled broadcasts are 12/20/08 & 12/27/08)
Barrel Vault Basement &
Finishing an Arched Ceiling
To get this basement project off on the right foot we brought in Eric Odor of Sala Architects to take a fresh look at the spaces. The part of Eric’s plan that we liked the most was to take advantage of the full 9-foot ceilings to run a shallow barrel vault from one end of the space to another, and to anchor it with wood columns.
We also installed two new French doors leading to the outside and worked with the electrician to get the recessed lighting in just the right spots. We used to install gas fireplaces ourselves. But we’ve come to realize that we’d rather have a professional take care of the tricky business of running the ductwork and the gas lines. So we asked our buddy Nick Niessen to come in and take care of all that.
We wanted to try a new alternative to the concrete backerboard we’ve been using forever for tub and shower surrounds. These fiber-reinforced gypsum panels are lighter, easier to cut, and easier to secure. What’s not to like?
The slab in this basement is cracked and uneven. So we spread out a liquid crack isolation membrane and installed our electrical floor warming mats. Then we had a contractor pour a thin layer of gypsum underlayment. The floor warming mats get embedded in this and it creates an even, level surface for our tile.