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Who doesn’t love a good insider tip? We do, so our ears perked up when Jeff Sherman of Delson or Sherman Architects mentioned his trade secret for the most consistently aligned and beautiful flush recessed baseboard detail. What’s a flush recessed baseboard detail, you ask? And why should we want them?

“A flush recessed baseboard is a minimalist and seamlessly beautiful detail, and since it provides no surface for dust to collect, it’s practical too,” Sherman says. “The trick is to get a perfect alignment between the faces of the wood and sheetrock. With a minimalist detail like this, precision is critical; conventional stud-wall construction leaves too much wiggle room.” See the architects’ sketch below to see how they spec this detail.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 6, 2013.


Flush baseboard - what size reveal?

@Melly Warka – This baseboard detail is always a bit tricky as it requires more attention to detail from various trades, including from your trim carpenter. Have either your architect or trim carpenter draw these transitional details – you may not want the reveal to dead-end into the door trim, it looks weird.

There's always an option of going with a no-reveal recessed baseboard or having the baseboard fully integrated. It requires that the floor slide underneath the drywall so your contractor needs to account for that in their planning schedule.

Here's an example of a 4-inch flush baseboard in one of our projects that sits right underneath the drywall and is painted over:

Details here:

There's also this option:

This visible but flush-to-wall baseboard is done with a product called Dorsis Linus. The actual wood baseboard sits in an L-shaped aluminum pocket, it can be painted the same color as your wall, or it can be the same material as your floor.

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Flush Baseboards Thumbnail_7.13.21Why would you want to create flush baseboards? Well, there are a couple great reasons to consider the style. For one, traditional baseboards gather unattractive dust over time, which can lead to tedious routine upkeep at best and unnecessary maintenance costs at worst. Flush baseboards solve this problem entirely because there is no surface for dust to settle on. And secondly, it just looks sharp — it’s a modern, minimalist look with clean lines, and it subtly steers a room’s finish away from what’s expected.

Flush baseboards also aren’t all that difficult or expensive to execute, either; they just take some extra planning, and maybe a little help from a vinyl corner bead solution. Here’s how to utilize Trim-Tex’s Architectural L Bead to create flush baseboards that are stylish and clean, without spending much time or money to make it happen.


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Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up — we’d recommended that you install the floor prior to the drywall and baseboard if you want to have a flush finish here. Take careful measurements to determine if the floor is uneven, because if so, you’ll have to trim the baseboard as needed to accommodate the irregularities. If, for instance, the floor is 1/4" higher on one side of the wall, incorporate the difference when installing the drywall to prevent a gap once our Architectural L Bead and baseboard are installed.

Determine the desired height of your baseboard (of course, it needs to be the same thickness as your drywall) and cut a piece of scrap drywall down to that same size to function as a spacer. Temporarily screw the spacer to the base of your wall — this will act as a guide when installing the drywall.

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Now that your spacer’s in place, simply rest the sheet of drywall on top of it during installation to ensure accurate measurements for your baseboard. Once the drywall is fully installed, you can go ahead and remove the spacer before installing Architectural L Bead. 

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Architectural L Bead is tailor-made to create sharp, clean lines like ones we’re making with our baseboards, and it’s durable enough to sustain all kinds of wear-and-tear after installation. To attach it to the drywall (not your baseboard), we’d recommend using a can of 847 Spray Adhesive. Apply two light coats of the spray before attaching the bead to the base of the wall.

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Once you’ve applied your Architectural L Bead to the wall, staple the bead in, using 1/2” staples every six to eight inches along its mud leg.

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Now you’re in the home stretch and ready to get into the messy work of mudding and painting. Before doing any of this, though, your best bet is to first dry fit your baseboard into the open area left by your spacer to ensure that everything fits correctly. (If you wind up needing to leave a tiny gap in spots between the baseboard and drywall, as seen in the photo below, that’s alright — the mud leg of the L Bead can cover that distance. If you’re left with a gap larger than half an inch, however, you should reinstall your sheet of drywall or recut your baseboard.)

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Apply as many coats of joint compound to the mud leg of the L Bead as your level of drywall finish calls for. Once that mud’s fully dried, you can start painting your walls and, separately, your baseboards. For example, as you can see below, we went with a sleek black color for the flush baseboard, and a more neutral tone on the wall with bright blue accents. After you’ve permanently screwed your baseboard to the framing, you can enjoy a more hassle-free and more modern choice of trim at the bottoms of your walls.

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Using Architectural L Bead, you can create flush baseboards affordably and easily, even if you’re not yet a pro drywall finisher. Want to get a good look at Architectural L Bead before you buy? Hit the button below and request a free sample!


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Flush to the wall baseboard

The secret of success of the flush wall baseboard

The recessed baseboard for a flush wall effect is a good compromise for those who do not want to see the baseboard and for those who appreciates its aesthetic and functional qualities.

Undeniably the baseboard plays an important role in the house, protecting the wall from accidental knocks and signs every time you wash the floor with a rag or strives a vacuum cleaner or a broom, but in some cases, the baseboard can be ugly or even not hygienic, but what are the reasons?

Il battiscopa incassato consiste in un profilo metallico e di un inserto, in questo caso laccato in bianco

The reasons of those who do not want to lay the baseboard in the house

Among the various reasons why some people do not even want to hear about the baseboard is the unsightly crack that is created between the baseboard and the wall when it is not perfectly linear.
We are talking about renovation of old houses where the wall is not always perfectly linear. The thread of the wall may conversely return to some points or belly flop in others and the baseboard, consisting of long profiles up to three meters, it can not always follow the trend, actually thicker is the baseboard more difficult will be to adapt it to the irregularities of the wall .

The result is that in some places the baseboard will be in compliance with the wall while in others it will slightly detach, allowing free access to dust and noting the crack with a dark shadow.
In these cases there is nothing to do but check with a straight-edge the trends of the wall and punctually regularize the plaster. If we are talking of a stoneware skirting the problem does not arise because it will just fill in where needed.

Another cause of the deep antipathy that can generate in some cases, the baseboard is the gap that is created between a wardrobe, a bed or furniture in general and the wall. The baseboard has its own thickness which in some cases can be up to 15 mm and unless it is avoided to place it in correspondence of the furniture against the walls these will inevitably remain detached.
Obviously we have to have clear in mind from the beginning where we want to place the pieces of furniture, or better yet, you have to have the furniture already in place when laying the baseboards.

Porta a soffietto con battiscopa classico Finally, somebody does not want the baseboard simply because it stands out on the wall and take up space.
We think in fact in a minimalist setting with pocket doors flush to the wall without trims.
In the market there are doors that to almost disappear from view are painted with the same water-based paint used for the walls.

In these cases a baseboard which is interrupted in correspondence of a retractable door may be not that pleasant because it frustrates in some way the will to camouflage the door (

What involve the pose of a baseboard flush with the wall

When you decide to put a baseboard flush with the wall is necessary to know what to expect.
The pose is definitely more complex than a traditional baseboard and consequently the cost is higher, but the aesthetic effect is not even comparable; this especially because the baseboard is not layed at the end of the works, but during them.

The company Eclisse SRL presenting its collection Syntesis clearly shows the procedure for a proper installation of the profiles.

These must be fixed before the background is made, on the walls still without the plaster. This will increase the accuracy by the installer that as a first thing must create the horizontal planes, then he must fix the profiles perfectly square and at the end he can carry out the plaster.

Using a baseboard flush with the wall is mainly a matter of detail, hence it should be followed very carefully because to go back once the plaster is made is especially complicated and expensive.

When it is better to lay the flush to the wall baseboard

It is definitely better yo lay the flush to the wall baseboard in case of complete refurbishment, or in presence of new floorboards and consequently of new plaster to achieve.
It makes no difference if you use brick planks or plaster walls because on the market there are available solutions designed for both types.
If we want a dramatic effect we can install one baseboard flush with LED strip that in the case of a flight of stairs can have the advantage of acting as step sign.

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The real advantages of a baseboard flush with the wall

To the delight of those who do not like to see the dust settle on the coast of the baseboard, with the skirting the wall gets down to the floor without interruption, except for a small slit between the horizontal profile of the baseboard itself and the plaster, thus avoiding the deposits of powder on the projecting element.
This would be enough to convince many to opt for a baseboard flush to the wall, but there are other benefits.

These include the ability to place a pocket door flush with the wall without sacrificing the baseboards, as you can appreciate in the examples reported by the companies AGS System and Profilpas.
A clean solution for the baseboard in the presence of doors flush to the wall is the recessed skirting.

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The baseboard flush to the wall is the ideal solution for those who want to protect the base of the wall from mop and accidental blows when cleaning the floor and at the same time wants to achieve a modern and stylish effect for their environments.

Finally, if one of the prerogatives must be total freedom in moving the furniture against the walls without bothering to change every time the baseboard, the solution to the baseboard flush with the wall is the most suitable. No matter where you decide to place the cupboard or the bed, just move them, taking care not to damage the floor!

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Flush & Recessed Baseboards -The Minimalist Molding You Need For Your Modern Home

Images via John Maniscalco Architecture & In Trim Mouldings

It’s all about those subtle details when it comes to a minimal and modern home, and one of my favorites is the millwork and molding. Instead of installing traditional baseboards in a contemporary home, there’s a modern alternative that’s making waves in the design industry, and I think you’re going to love it.

It’s referred to as flush or recessed baseboards, but it’s also known as many other names in the construction world, like shadow bead or reveal bead.

What are flush & recessed baseboards?

It’s the look of the drywall and molding sitting flush and separated by a perfect, linear gap.

I’ve seen this type of molding in high-end commercial buildings, but it’s slowing creeping into residential design, too. This barely-there molding is the perfect complement to a simple color palette and contemporary furniture. 

It’s modern, sleek, and minimal…what’s not to love?

Images via Unknown & B.E. Architecture

How do you create flush and recessed baseboards?

This look is achieved by placing a metal spacer (called a reglet) between the drywall and trim, which creates the sleek divide.

Once the reglet is secured to both the drywall and molding, it gets plastered and painted over to create a seamless look, just like typical drywall.

Can you DIY Flush Baseboards?

If you’ve done any drywall work of your own, you probably know the process is messy AF to say the least…not to mention it takes a certain level of skill and patience.

From our own experience drywalling, I’d say that DIY’ing this would probably be something to try after you’ve had a little practice with drywall. Simply because you can’t just cover up the drywall with molding and call it a day. Flush molding will take a little more patience and skill.

If you’re thinking of hiring out for this look, keep in mind that it might cost more than your typical baseboards because it involves a few more steps and more precision. Ultimately that means more $$$.

Images via Archello & Studio TM

I love how sleek and modern this flush molding looks, and if I’m being honest, I’m a little bummed we didn’t incorporate this look in our own home!

But as I like to say, “I’ll save it for the next house.” haha!

What do you think about this modern take on molding and baseboards? Have you seen it before or do you have this type of molding in your home? I’d love to know in the comments!

Modern Trim

Modernism isn’t so much a style as it is a way of thinking -a philosophy if you will. The modern mindset guides nearly everything about how a home is designed and constructed, even down to the base trim details. As with modern design in general, modern base details are intentional and functional –they are everything they need to be and nothing more. Today’s post covers three of BUILD LLC’s favorite modern base details, complete with construction details. The good news is that many of the examples are hot off the press and just completed on a recent project, the bad news is that there’s a bit of dust to put up with -please pardon the mess.

For comparison purposes, here is a standard applied base detail (below), typically a 3-1/2” profile applied on top of the drywall. In more traditional applications there’s even a small piece of quarter round in the corner of the base trim and the floor – a base for the base.

Flush Base: the 3-1/2” or 5-1/2” tall base trim is recessed so that it’s flush with the wall. While it takes a bit more work and care to install, the look is clean and unencumbered. It’s a museum quality finish that can be achieved cost-effectively.

We’re big fans of how the horizontal reveal at the flush base meets the vertical reveals at doors and other breaks.

At the condition below the flush base profile actually turns and becomes a vertical bumper for a set of interior sliding doors.

The flush base makes for a clean transition at areas like stairways (often a tricky situation for base trim).

1×1 Base: the low profile section covers the gap between the drywall and the floor and also provides a bumper for shoes, vacuum cleaners, etc. At hardwood applications we tend to match the base with the hardwood (in this case maple), at carpet applications we’ll paint the base trim something close to the carpet. The end goal is to achieve a subtle profile that doesn’t draw your attention to the base.

The low profile of the 1×1 base often works much better with window systems – a taller base trim would seem less deliberate and clunky compared to the sleek, minimal window frames.

We’ll often bring the toe-kick of cabinetry down to the level of the 1×1 base trim, the trim aligns with and disappears into the shadow line of the cabinets (you also get a few extra inches of storage out of the cabinets).

Similarly with sills, the level of the window sill is brought down a few inches to align with the base trim. It’s a clean modern look and maximizes the amount of daylight.

Baseless: The most minimal of the bunch is actually a baseless condition where a piece of Z-metal separates the drywall from the floor leaving a ¾” reveal –or shadow line as we like to call it. The application is only used in certain situations, typically industrial or commercial applications where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic. Used correctly, it can give that sparse Chelsea gallery look that puts focus on the things and people in the room rather than the room itself.

For us, modernism is all about losing the fussiness of design and allowing for more flexibility, durability and quality of life in and around architecture. Stay tuned for more modern design and technical details from BUILD LLC.

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