This customer in Bangor, Maine called us in to look at her basement. She wanted the space to be more useable, but was concerned with the high degree of “Spaulding” on her walls. Her questions were: How it affected the integrity of the walls? And, how is it affecting air quality? Concrete Spaulding is a common occurrence in our area with so many older homes, high humidity, and water levels in the soil. We were able to scrape off the loose concrete and treat with a sealer.
Then, to make the space more usable we installed our Foam Everlast panels over the concrete. This accomplished three things: First the space was now usable and way more attractive; in her words, we made their “basement a place we will want to spend time in.” Secondly, the basement was more energy efficient; the walls meet the new energy codes and have an R15. This will save them money on their heating costs. In our Dr. Energy Saver business, we are taught that the second most important place to insulate is your basement; it gives a great return on your investment. And, finally by using the Total Basement Finishing system along with a fire stop at the top of the walls we are actually encapsulating the concrete and eliminating any Spaulding from affecting the air quality.
We also installed a Sani Dry dehumidifier with LED controls and we set the control for 53% humidity. During June’s unusually hot weather the owner called me to say the basement was very comfortable.
The interesting thing about this basement was the low ceiling height. We could not install a suspended ceiling as we usually do. In this case, we painted the ceiling and all the wires and piping a flat black, like you see in some restaurants. The flat black paint hides all of the things that typically run through your framing, and with a commercial style light the rooms takes on a ‘loft’ type look. The homeowner came up with the idea of painting the lower pies a maroon red, the red actually matched the children’s school colors, it was a great idea and really looks sharp.
All in all, the homeowner is very pleased with the outcome as are we, as this was not your typical basement, but here at Keith Trembley Home solutions we try to be creative in finding the right solution.
From the Homeowner:
A special thank you to Dave and Stacey for painting the ceiling black on such a hot, humid day! Also, thank you to Dave for chopping away at half of the beam to clean up the wall in the stairway! Thanks to all who helped make our basement a place we will want to spend time in.
Nichi F., Bangor