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DEC 2018

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also saw updates to its configuration to accommodate a larger shower and double vanity. Peter Maruca, president of Orion Builders/Remodelers, notes the blank canvas of transforming the previously un- finished space was not without its challenges. "I would say one of the biggest technical challenges was some structural steel, in a way, supporting the house. A few columns we had to relocate, which meant temporary supports, new footings, new columns and then resupporting the beams," he explains. "Typically, a basement fit-out in a relatively new house—I think the house was maybe 8 or 10 years old—is a no brainer, but there were some structural issues. "Krieger's team is cracker jack, and there were no sur- prises. ey're awesome, so it was more just a question of execution than anything else," Maruca adds. "Luckily we were able to run the whole project through the French doors, so a little bit of a schlep through a very nicely landscaped backyard. But we have a great team, trade partners and vendors, and everyone knows the drill when you work on properties like this. e family was just up- stairs; obviously you go to great lengths to dust-protect [and] seal off ducts so dust doesn't get sucked upstairs or through the HVAC system. ere was a larged, finished stair [to the] upstairs that was open—there wasn't a door at the top—so we had to go a little over the top with dust protection to separate the zone from the family." Altogether, five new Lally columns, aligned with re- maining columns, were constructed as well as a new steel ceiling beam support that spans the opened space. Pre-existing ductwork also necessitated thoughtful han- dling—the HVAC configuration was redesigned—and Jacob notes the plans took further advantage of some of the ductwork rework, like the higher ceilings centered over the sitting and game areas. "We did end up with some areas that were lower ceilings that are hiding ductwork, and we did have to reroute some of those paths in order to create some of the higher pop-up spaces—predominately in that larger TV-viewing space and in that game area. at definitely took some coordination to be able to reroute and create those higher ceilings, but I think, in the end, it was worth the effort in order to have that space," he says. "e one piece that came about that was not something [the clients] had asked for was the fireplace. at was something we had suggested and became a nice focal point for that central seating area. at's actually a double-sided fireplace, so it serves both that and the game table area. It has a vent that runs through the remaining unfinished part and out through a sidewall [which] definitely played into how things all laid out and one more piece to coordinate with the HVAC." While Jacob explains the layout of the unfinished space seemed to naturally lend itself to the creation of the wine room, Maruca adds that constructing such an area ne- cessitates a bit of a balancing act. "In Pennsylvania, it's The remodeled basement is now a connected series of spaces for entertaining. Higher ceilings are centered over this adult TV area, as well as a game area, for both a visual effect and inclusion of another indirect light source. PROJECTS: Design Solutions 16 December 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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