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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.

How To Fix a Cracked Floor Tile Without Replacing It Entirely

Tile floors are a beautiful and durable flooring option in any home, including in a finished basement. However, floor tile isn’t impervious to cracking and may break due to improper installation, extreme temperature changes, too much weight, or dropping a heavy object in the wrong spot. Learn how to repair a cracked floor tile in 5 simple steps.

June 9th, 2022|

How to Measure for Kitchen Dishwasher Dimensions

The dimensions for a kitchen dishwasher depend on the type of dishwasher being considered. It is important to be familiar with the type of kitchen dishwasher you need and verify measurements for the available space prior to making a purchase, including the dishwasher width, depth, and height. Learn how to correctly measure the space for a dishwasher and factors to consider prior to making a kitchen dishwasher purchase.

May 26th, 2022|

Types of Spackle and Drying Times

On average, spackle takes 1 to 2 hours to dry and 24 hours to fully cure. When applying spackle, especially to interior basement walls, consider the type of spackle you’re using, the size of the repair, and environmental factors that can slow drying time. Learn about different types of spackle, the drying time associated with each, and how to reduce drying time.

May 24th, 2022|

Home Improvements You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

Home improvements that typically cost less than the average tax refund and can be completed quickly include adding a kitchen island; painting a house; adding a tile backsplash; replacing bathroom amenities such as cabinets, sinks, and fixtures; installing wainscoting, and upgrading a sump pump. Learn about home improvement projects that can be completed with a tax refund.

April 14th, 2022|

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Kitchen Cabinets

Roaches are unsightly in kitchen cabinets as well as other areas of a home, and can carry diseases and be a risk to pets. To get rid of cockroaches in kitchen cabinets, there are some remedies that can be used before contacting a pest control specialist. Learn more about remediating roach infestations in kitchen cabinets.

April 12th, 2022|

The Difference Between Quartz and Corian Kitchen Countertops

Quartz and Corian are popular materials for kitchen countertops, and both materials are similar in cost, nonporous, and highly resistant to stains and germs as well as durable, attractive, and easy to clean. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials in terms of heat and scratch resistance and maintenance. Learn about advantages and disadvantages of quartz versus Corian kitchen countertops.

April 12th, 2022|

Basement Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

To ensure the sump pump is in proper working condition, it is recommended to perform annual, and in some cases quarterly, inspections and maintenance. Sump pump maintenance steps include checking and clearing the sump pump basin of debris, checking the sump pump for corrosion and other damage, cleaning the sump pump inlet screen, lubricating sump pump bearings if recommended by the manufacturer, and clearing the sump pump discharge line of debris. Learn about basement sump pump maintenance to ensure performance.

February 28th, 2022|

The Differences Between Quartz and Marble Countertops

Quartz and marble are among the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials, such as marble being a natural stone while quartz is a manufactured stone, and quartz is more durable and less porous than marble, making it less susceptible to damage and wear. Learn about advantages and disadvantages of marble versus quartz countertops.

February 24th, 2022|

What to Do When Water is in a Basement Crawl Space

Causes for water leaking into a basement crawl space include leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures, water from gutters and downspouts, and groundwater seeping through seams or cracks in the foundation. Learn about causes of water in a basement crawl space and remediation tactics.

February 22nd, 2022|

15 Alternatives to White to Paint Your Bathroom

Bathroom paint colors can set a tone and mood for a space in a home that gets heavy use. Regardless of the paint color, it’s best to use a semi-gloss finish paint, as this type of paint works best in high-moisture environments, is easy to clean, and isn’t impacted by the occasional splash of water. Learn about bathroom paint ideas for updating your basement bathroom.

February 20th, 2022|

Improving Security for Basement Windows

Ways to add security to a basement with windows include installing window treatments; adding lights by recessed windows; investing in reinforced glass windows; adding window locks, window bars, or egress covers; and installing a home security system and security cameras. Learn about ways to security your basement and basement windows.

February 8th, 2022|

Does a Home Warranty Cover HVAC Repair?

The HVAC systems covered under the warranty depends on the type of warranty purchased. Appliance coverage typically includes appliances only (including kitchen and laundry appliances), systems only (including whole home systems like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC), or combination policies that cover both appliances and whole home systems. Learn more about home warranty coverage for HVAC systems.

January 31st, 2022|

How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

HVAC systems are manufactured to withstand high use and last an average of 15-25 years. HVAC maintenance, including annual cleanings and tune-ups, can extend system life. Learn about HVAC system longevity and maintenance.

January 31st, 2022|

Granite Types to Consider for Bathroom, Kitchen, and Bar Countertops

Granite is one of the toughest natural stones available, is highly resistant to scratches and chips, and is more affordable than marble - which makes it ideal for bathroom, kitchen, and basement bar countertops. Learn about granite options for bathrooms, kitchens, and basement bars and the benefits of each.

January 28th, 2022|

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|
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