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Tri-State Total Basement Finishing Case Studies: Custom Cabinets in a Bernardsville, NJ Basement

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Reina Wardlow


Renovations typically start as a simple project:  put up some walls, ceiling and a floor and yet, occasionally a project then takes on a life of its’ own.  This project began simply at first:  a typical basement renovation, a few divided rooms, suspended ceilings in each, and flooring throughout.  However even before we began, Roger and Toni changed their concept a  few times, we added a custom kitchen to the design, a handicapped bathroom, and changed the layout for to allow for building code standards as well as to allow for as much space as possible in each room.


During the construction of the rooms, Roger requested under stairs custom cabinetry.  At Tri-State Total Basement Finishing, change orders are a just another day at work.  Although this particular change would not stop construction, it did take a little time to both design and build the cabinets to fit the area.  The challenges just kept coming in this project, yet Tri-State TBF would meet each challenge with the perfect solution.

The depth of many of the cabinets in the kitchen area had to be reduced because of the redesign of the kitchen space.  We redesigned the cabinets so that the cabinet box fit into the space available, considerably less depth than a typical kitchen cabinet, but perfectly designed for the available space.  We had to increase the face door of the cabinet to give the homeowners the look of a proper ceiling reaching cabinet.  The result was similar to a bathroom medicine cabinet, but much finer in quality.  The bottom set of custom cabinets had their own little challenge; in the space where the kickboard typically goes, our customer wished for a roll out cabinet (no usable space unused).  At Tri-State TBF, we love challenges!

About the author
Reina Wardlow has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Management. She enjoys all aspects of construction and specifically basement remodeling. Reina enjoy's spending time with her precocious third grader, is a motorcycle enthusiast and is a voracious reader.

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