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Basement Finishing – Design Articles and Ideas

If you are considering finishing the lower level of your home, adding egress windows and doors for additional entry points and natural light, or seeking home maintenance tips, be sure to search our archive of articles for design ideas and how-to’s. You’ll find suggestions for whole-house appliance maintenance as well as basement layout and design concepts which can be incorporated into your basement remodeling project plan.

Ways to Warm Up a Cold Finished Basement

When planning a finished basement project, be sure to consider that basements can be chilly in winter. There are several options for keeping a finished basement comfortable without major renovations. Learn about options for keeping your finished basement warm during colder periods.

January 19th, 2022|

Finished Basement Trends That Make Your Home Look Dated

A finished basement can increase living space and the value of a home, and when planning a finished basement project, it is important to consider design elements that will be in style over the long term. Learn about design elements to consider and avoid when finishing a basement.

January 19th, 2022|

Basement Wine Cellar Ideas to Inspire Oenophiles

Storing wine correctly will increase its longevity, but there should be more design considerations when planning a wine cellar than practicality. Get design ideas that will improve functionality and aesthetics for your basement wine cellar, including materials, lighting, shelving, and layout.

December 28th, 2021|

The Cost For Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly wood flooring option that offers a unique look, durability, accepts stain like hardwood, and presents a modern look. Installation costs for bamboo flooring range between $1,500-$15,000 with a national average of $6,000, which calculates to $5-$15 per square foot, including labor and materials. The benefits of using bamboo flooring are many, including ease of installation, durability, it's low maintenance, and it's moisture, mold, and mildew resistant. Learn about the benefits of bamboo flooring and factors that could impact the project cost.

December 23rd, 2021|

Bathroom Design Ideas – Adding a Water Closet

The water closet - a small, closed room containing a toilet that is part of the bathroom - has been reintroduced in modern-day bathroom design. The benefits of a water closet are additional privacy when multiple people are using the bathroom and improved hygiene as having a toilet in an enclosed space prevents particles from spreading when the toilet is flushed. Learn more about the water closet and why it is popular in modern bathroom designs.

December 22nd, 2021|

Things to Know About Solid Surface Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops

There are 3 types of solid surface countertops - acrylic-based, polyester-based, and acrylic/polyester-based, each having unique attributes. There are many benefits to using solid surface countertops - they are nonporous, easy to clean, easy to repair, can appear seamless, and can look like granite or marble but cost less and require less maintenance. Learn about options for solid surface countertops and the benefits of each.

December 21st, 2021|

Small Finished Basement Ideas For Maximizing Space

A small basement needn’t be relegated to a storage-only space - a basement with a limited floor area can function as extra living space, a home office, a playroom, or fulfill other needs. And, even if the resulting space isn’t particularly large, a good design can make it a pleasurable place in which to spend time. Learn more ideas for converting a small, unfinished basement into a usable living area.

December 12th, 2021|

DIY Concrete Repairs for Basement Walls and More

Most concrete structures, whether they’re stairs, a patio, or a wall, give the impression that a professional is required for repairs. However, there are many repairs can be addressed by the average DIYer. Knowing proper techniques and having the right products will keep these repairs simple. Learn about common problems and repair techniques.

November 5th, 2021|

How to Clean Up a Flooded Basement

Flooded basement cleanup typically costs between $3,000-$10,000, with an average cost of $4,000. The estimated cost includes flood remediation and cleanup for approximately 500 square feet and contains 2 feet of water. If the basement is holding only a couple of inches of clean water, the average cost will be approximately $2,000 since there is less water damage service required. Learn about common causes of basement flooding and important steps to remediate the situation.

November 3rd, 2021|

Finished Basement Ideas for Creating the Ultimate Bonus Space

Your unfinished basement is suitable to be converted into a multi-purpose space which can significantly increase the living area and value of your home. Basement finishing ideas for your unfinished space include a home theater for entertaining, guest suite or rental for a temporary resident, wine cellar, game or play room, exercise or yoga room, or a home office. Learn ideas for your upcoming basement finishing project.

October 28th, 2021|

The Cost for Radiant Floor Heating

The cost for radiant floor heating depends on the system installed, but the cost is typically between $1,717-$6,047. Factors impacting cost include floor type and size, type of radiant heating installed, materials, labor, installation location in the home, and site preparation and cleanup. Learn about radiant heating systems and the potential cost for installation.

October 28th, 2021|

How to Get Rid of Mold in a Basement

Mold and mildew are common household problems that can cause damage over time if left untreated. When mold and mildew are found, it’s important to remove them quickly to prevent harm to the structure and occupants. Common solutions that are used for killing mold include white vinegar, baking soda, bleach, concrobium, and steam. Learn how to remediate mold and prevent it from returning.

October 20th, 2021|

How to Hire a Plumber for a Water Heater Repair

While some water heater problems may be fixed with little mechanical knowledge, some issues require professional help. When hiring a plumber, make sure the plumber is licensed and is established in your local area, request a quote for the repairs before authorizing work, confirm the plumber has liability insurance and worker's compensation, and confirm their expertise in water heater repair and replacement. Learn more about the cost for water heater repair and replacement and considerations before hiring a professional plumber.

October 12th, 2021|

8 Ways to Fix Common Flooring Issues

While floors and flooring materials might be unique, the issues they cause are not. Learn how you can address common flooring problems - including squeaky floors, popping tiles, buckling floors, chipped tiles, scratched or faded hardwood floors, cracked concrete floors, and more.

October 5th, 2021|

Why Is My Water Heater Making Noise?

Understand the cause of water heater noises - including popping, crackling, humming, hammering or knocking, screeching, ticking or tapping, sizzling, and more - and how you can resolve the sounds with simple maintenance or if you need a professional.

October 4th, 2021|

What to do if Your GFCI Electrical Outlet Won’t Reset

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are electrical outlets that shut off when it senses an overload or surge in electricity. The GFCI outlet instantly trips when experiencing a power surge, triggering the breaker to cut the electrical current to reduce the risk of electrocution. Most building codes require the use of a GFCI outlet when installed near a water or moisture source due to the increased risk of an appliance shorting.

September 22nd, 2021|

Why You Need a Building Permit for a Remodeling Project

To comply with most local building codes, in many instances, you need a building permit for home remodeling projects. Local building departments require a building permit to change load-bearing walls or install plumbing or wiring. Some building departments require permits for other types of updates as well. Learn more about why a permit should be obtained before starting a home remodeling project.

September 21st, 2021|

9 Kitchenette Ideas for Big or Small Spaces

A kitchenette is a way of creating a cooking space without a substantial footprint. Built-in appliances and vertical storage requires minimal space, and allows for creating bars or small cooking areas for entertainment. See examples of kitchenette builds and get design ideas for your remodeling project.

September 16th, 2021|
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