Modern Wall Baseboard – 4 ways

In this video I discuss four modern design attitudes toward the baseboard design and detailing in residential architecture.

They are: no base, reveal base, flush base, and the applied base. Baseboard protects a highly trafficked (and abused) part of the home and covers the messy joint between the finished wall and floor. This collection of modern base details highlights the aesthetic language of modernism: functional, spare, humble, minimalist and expressive.

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  1. onbce nine
    March 18, 2015

    yet again, learned a lot ! where did you study architecture ?

  2. rmontyw
    April 30, 2015

    Thanks for this video.  I'm presently installing my 2nd project with flush mount baseboards and have done it differently both times and already know next time will be slightly different.  This detail takes forethought!

  3. Benjamin Conn
    November 5, 2015

    I am using wood flooring and was wounding how to deal with the expansion gap that is usually covered by the baseboards?

  4. Tauran
    January 25, 2016

    To do a reveal around a door, is it as simple as specifying a "F" shape reglet that butts up to the door jamb. Or do you have to order a door with a 1/2" deeper jamb on both sides? What brand would you recommend for most cost effective?

  5. Paul Peck
    January 30, 2016

    Great video! I just used some Trim-Tex reveal bead on some inset baseboards and they turned out phenomenal. Very time consuming to get it all laid out and mudded. But well worth the unique modern finish that you get. -Paul

  6. Tommy Alan Raines
    February 3, 2016

    Wondering how flush base could be used/installed in a remodel with out removing all the drywall.

  7. linop412
    May 5, 2016

    Dude, you just stole this from a advice column. Really? Unless your somehow the same guy that wrote that, but if not its kinda messed up to copy everything he said word for word. Just saying…

  8. Nathaniel Damasio
    July 14, 2016

    Hello, we just finished a project with d300 metal bead finish around doors, windows and baseboards…there are some minor imperfections on the corners where we cut on a 45 degree angle, but some of the corners have a small gap. should we get putty used for window trim to cover the edges to make a clean finish?

  9. Andrew LaCroix
    September 7, 2016

    Thanks for posting this very informative and helpful video. My teenaged self would have laughed at the idea that someday I'd be fascinated by a baseboard video, but I digress. Neither Husband nor Contractor have ever even heard of a baseboard-free home, so I've been vetoed out of the idea, but it's great to know there are options that technically involve applying baseboards, but still look very modern, minimalist and sharp. So grateful for your help!

  10. Gugguggug100
    September 18, 2016

    Hi Eric, love your videos and articles.

    What's the difference between the No Base, and the Reveal, since you state that the no base has a small reveal? And why does the drywall have to be finished as it already has a finished edge (as long as it's not cut)? Can't you just tape the vertical joins and paint?

    Also do you have to install the flooring first so you can sit the drywall on top of it?

    Thanks for all the great info.

  11. Epic Army Of One
    February 9, 2017

    I don't suppose you've got a compilation of wine cellars, do you?

  12. Michal Kuzniar
    March 26, 2017

    What is the dust collection effect?

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