These basement renovations hide slides and secret rooms

  • Pat Gagliano is the owner of Finished Basements NJ. He has been in business for 35 years.
  • His projects involve hidden doors, indoor slides, built-in bunk beds, and more. We took a look at some of his most unique designs.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

This contractor designs next-level basements.

Pat Gagliano is the owner of Finished Basements NJ. He has been in business for 35 years.

Pat Gagliano: Some of my clients come to me with specific ideas and sometimes even with blueprints and plans of what they want to do. But I would say the majority of them come to me for the design work.

One of his coolest projects to date? This indoor slide!

Pat: We’re gonna take you through the most unique basement we’ve ever done in our lives. We’ve been getting so many requests to revisit this basement, so here it goes. We’re starting here in this beautiful, really nice living room of the home. And what we have here is this nice fireplace, which, in reality, is a secret door. And what do we have here in the secret door, but a slide. Let’s take a look at the basement, the whole finishing, from a different perspective. Oh! There we are! And there’s the owner!

Pat loves filming behind-the-scenes looks of his coolest projects.

Pat: Here building another custom-finished basement. This one has a swing, a tiki bar. Can’t wait to show you guys when it’s all done.

Pat: We outlined the table, which also doubles as a pool table. We took off one piece of cover right here so you can get a feel for what it looks like.

Pat: Lotta room. But right here, we’re building two sets of bunk beds.

Pat: Behind me, we got these really cool bunk beds that we built here in this basement. It’s kind of neat. We had all these columns that were in the way, yet we wanted to do something really cool and creative for the kids to hang out and have sleepovers. So we made this staircase in between these two. We put all individual switches at each bed so they have their own cell phone charging stations and lights. So this is about as kid-friendly as you can get.

His hidden pieces are some of his most popular designs.

Pat: One of the big things we’re getting a lot of attention from these days are these secret doors we have all over the place.

He’s also installed swings, dollhouses under staircases, and home theatres. Pat started out as a carpenter but realised he loved finishing basements.

Pat: What I really loved about it was the design, and every one was unique. Every person had a different wish list, therefore a different finished product. And then, as I started getting older and realising what I loved and became a master carpenter, I realised that this was my calling.

He estimates he’s worked on around 3,500 basements. You can check out more of his work on the company’s website.

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