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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.

Pros and Cons of Wet Room Bathrooms

Wet rooms can transform a bathroom into a waterproof space. Learn more about modern wet rooms and considering this option for a bathroom remodeling project.

June 15th, 2021|

The Cost for Tile Installation

Tile is a common design consideration for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and more. Factors that impact tile installation cost include square footage, type of tile being used, additional materials required for installation, subfloor repair and installation, and geographic location. Learn more about factors that impact the cost of tile installation.

June 8th, 2021|

Kitchen Renovation Layout Ideas to Consider

A home renovation is an opportunity to create a kitchen or kitchenette layout of your dreams, or one that works within available space. When planning an ideal layout, the "kitchen triangle" or zone methods can be good places to start.

May 28th, 2021|

The Estimated Costs for Home Renovations

The size of the rooms being renovated, underlying repairs, scope, materials, and labor are the primary factors that impact home renovation costs. Estimating a home renovation cost can be complicated - view this list of considerations to understand the potential cost of your home renovation project.

May 19th, 2021|

Identifying Black Mold

Mold can cause adverse reactions in people who have allergies or weakened immune systems. Black mold can be extremely hazardous and tough to remove. Learn how to identify black mold so you can eliminate it.

May 3rd, 2021|

How to Use Expanding Foam Insulation Around the House

Insulating expanding foam sealant can reduce sound transfer, stabilize a wobbly showerhead, or even secure fragile items for shipping. However, it shouldn't be used for all DIY projects and can be more troublesome than helpful. Learn about this innovative product and proper use.

April 22nd, 2021|

The Cost for Mold Remediation

Factors that impact mold growth and mold removal include the location and type of the mold, size of the problem, and how the mold needs to be remediated. Remediating mold can be as simple as a bleach wash or as complex as removing drywall and tile to deep clean beneath the surface - all having an impact on cost.

April 21st, 2021|

The Cost to Paint a Room

Painting is one of the easiest ways to freshen up a room. Understanding the costs of hiring professional painters can help you make good decisions and manage the overall of the project. Labor is typically the greatest expense, however, painting a room is also affected by regional wages, wall height, actual coverage area, the additional cost of designer paints, and drywall or woodwork repairs.

April 21st, 2021|

The Cost for a Mold Inspection

Moisture in a home can lead to mold growth. Bathrooms are particularly susceptible due to constant steam and dry cycles, as well as kitchen vents, air ducts, and anywhere a pipe or appliance is slowly leaking. Mold can grow quickly and can become toxic, so it's best to schedule a mold inspection and testing, especially a black mold test. Black mold is exceptionally dangerous for those with respiratory conditions and can cause illness, so it's best to schedule an inspection and remediate the mold fast.

April 20th, 2021|

Using Vinegar to Kill Mold

Vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can kill mold. For example, white vinegar can be used to clean, deodorize, and disinfect around the house, and can kill black mold which commonly results from water damage. Learn how you can use vinegar to kill mold on different surface types.

April 9th, 2021|

Causes of Bubbling Paint and How to Resolve It

Paint blistering is caused by paint losing adhesion to the base coat of paint or underlying drywall, plaster, and wood. The best way to prevent this is to identify what caused the bubbles and remediate that issue. Learn about factors that cause bubbling paint and how to address them.

March 31st, 2021|

How Long Does Caulk Take to Dry

Understand the difference between “dry time” and “cure time” when it comes to caulking. Most products become dry to the touch after several minutes, but don’t fully cure for days. Learn about factors that determine the dry-time for caulk.

March 31st, 2021|

How To Repair Tile Grout

Over time, tile grout can stain, crack, and come loose which means it's time to repair or replace it. Grout repair is easy and budget-friendly and can update the look of kitchen or bathroom tile. Damaged grout can make your tile look old and worn, and can also create an environment for bacteria and mold growth.

March 23rd, 2021|

How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost?

Installing wood flooring improves the overall appearance of a room and increases the value of your home. Hardwood flooring costs vary based on the type of wood, width of the planks, stain, adhesive, and style. On average, 50-75 percent of your budget will be for materials and the rest to installation. Some contractors will include the removal of old wood flooring or carpeting with the price of installation and trim while others do not. Learn more about costs to expect when installing hardwood flooring.

March 23rd, 2021|

Estimating the Cost of a Bathroom Remodel

While bathroom remodels have some of the highest ROI of any home renovation, costs can quickly escalated for this type of project. Factors impacting the cost of a remodel include room size, shape, number of fixtures, and changing the layout. Higher-end fixtures and finishes also increase the cost. Learn ways to save money and still get the look you want.

March 12th, 2021|

What Does Mold Smell Like?

Mold creates a stale, damp scent and the smell is a first sign of mold or mildew. Homeowners should identify the source of the smell and cause of the mold quickly, and remediate the mold as soon as possible as waiting to address the issue can result in a more arduous removal process.

March 11th, 2021|

Identifying Black Mold and Why Remediate

Black mold usually appears as a black stain in a high-moisture area. It is most commonly found in bathrooms or other areas with damp conditions, poor ventilation, and high temperatures; damp basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. If a homeowner finds black mold, remediation will depend on how significant the spread is.

March 11th, 2021|

The Cost to Replace a Furnace

When replacing a furnace, consider the furnace type, local climate, price, house square footage, and how your home is insulated to select the best model. Depending on the type selected, the total replacement cost will vary based on materials, equipment, and labor.

March 8th, 2021|
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