What to do about the closet system?

I’m annoyed about the drawers on the closet system I installed. Part of the problem is because the drawer rail screw heads are too proud and the drawer wheels snag on them. I showed this video to the retailer, but they offered no solutions. Their only suggestion was that I uninstall the system and return it.

After looking at different systems, I decide to try an repair this one I already have. I do this by removing the drawer rails, chamfering my own fastener holes, and then replacing the screws with flush top ones. My plan works and all of the drawers now work properly. But a new product should have worked out of the box, and never needed my customizations.

Painting and installing trim

Amáda has finished painting every room. I’m installing the trim I cut and marked earlier. Doing the job right means not skipping any steps. We’re carefully priming and painting each piece of trim with multiple coats.

Final hardware installed

I install the final hardware pieces around the finished basement, including door knobs, vent grilles, light trim kits, switch plate covers, and more. In the bathroom, I install a toilet paper holder and towel holders. I hang bi-fold doors in the laundry room and bedroom. I also install some last minute trim and touch up paint in a few areas.

Structured media panel finished

Today I completed the structured media enclosure. Over the last 6 years we’ve had to rebuild half of house, so we took the opportunity to upgrade our household telephone, cable, and CAT6 networks. Everything is patched from this panel.

A structured media enclosure inset into a wall with the door closed.
A structured media enclosure inset into a wall with the door open showing patch panels for telephone, cable TV, a household computer network, security camera system, as well as a modem and Wi-Fi router.

6 years later, it’s finally DONE.

A flipper swindled us, resulting in over $100,000 in house repairs. We spent years undoing his predatory remodeling, rebuilding the house ourselves, and blogging every step of the way. Debt, depression, and therapy will continue for years to come. But today the reconstruction project passed its final inspection from the city building official. I can’t stop sobbing. It’s done. The ordeal is officially done.

Floorplan for a finished basement showing 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom, family room, and a laundry room.
A finished basement without furniture, showing recessed lighting, wood grain vinyl flooring, and double French glass doors.
Double French glass doors in a bedroom.
Two closets in a garden-level basement bedroom with an egress window.
Two empty closets with the doors open showing closet organizing systems and bright LED lighting.
Panoramic view of a bedroom showing double French doors, two closets each with double doors, and an egress window.
A finished basement laundry room with wood plank vinyl flooring, white laundry machines, white cabinetry, laundry tub, a refrigerator, and a commercial rolling shelf.
A finished basement laundry room with wood plank vinyl flooring, white laundry machines, white cabinetry, laundry tub, and a refrigerator.
A bathroom vanity with a marble top, two sinks, two oval mirrors, ornate sconce lighting, and two monogrammed towels.
A bathroom with a tiled shower and towel bars mounted to the back of the door.
And empty family room with a TV mount and structured media panel. The rest of the room is empty.
An egress window in a basement bedroom.
A bare closet shown without doors or shelving.
The underside of a staircase has an arched support, and is finished with textured paneling.
A pet portal is a small archway that allows pets to move between rooms, even when doors are closed.
Beneath a staircase, a pair of crates are used as drawers. The underside of the staircase if finished with textured paneling.

Now, we can move back into the lower level, knowing that it is correct, complete, and there are no more hidden problems hidden by a flipper. This signed building permit is the proof that this awful ordeal is finally done and over with.

A building permit that has passed final inspection, signifying that the project is done.

A story in 11 pictures

Here is the same view from the bottom of the stairs as seen over the years.

What’s next?

I’m going to continue working on local, state, and federal legislation to prevent predatory remodeling and providing real consequences for flippers who practice it.

Will we find more problems that the flipper hid? Maybe. But not on this level of the house.