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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.

Bathroom Window Privacy Ideas That Won’t Sacrifice Style

Letting natural light into a bathroom can enhance its appearance and can even help reduce mold growth. however, it can also pose privacy concerns. There are a number of ways to address bathroom window privacy concerns, from simple DIY solutions to permanent home improvements. Choosing materials that are designed for moisture should make a bathroom window privacy solution long-lasting and prevent unwanted mold or mildew, while options that aren’t waterproof or moisture-resistant should be avoided. Learn about bathroom window treatment options and the benefits of each.

September 19th, 2022|

What is The Cost of Bathroom and Kitchen Countertops?

Replacing bathroom and kitchen countertops can boost the functionality of a bathroom and kitchen as well as the value of a home. Bathroom and kitchen counters are available in a variety of materials, finishes, and edge treatments to match any budget. According to Angi and HomeAdvisor, the cost of countertops ranges between $825-$4,177, with an average cost of $2,200. The cost of bathroom and kitchen countertops can be impacted by many factors, including countertop material, countertop size, edges and corner treatments, installation location, and labor. Learn about different bathroom and kitchen countertop options and other factors that impact cost.

September 13th, 2022|

Who Installs Bathroom Exhaust Fans?

Depending on the complexity, a bathroom fan installation may require an electrician, HVAC technician, and roofer, although a highly-skilled handyman or general contractor may be able to complete the project. Learn about the complexities of installing a bathroom exhaust ran and which licensed professionals may be required.

September 13th, 2022|

Most Common Home Renovation Projects for Empty Nesters

A home renovation to an empty nest becomes a practical option for those ready for an upgrade, with approximately 3 out of 4 empty nesters planning renovation projects. Learn about common home renovations to consider after the kids are out of the house.

September 9th, 2022|

What Should I Do If My Sump Pump Runs Without Rain?

Common causes of a sump pump running without rain include a rise in the water table or an increase in groundwater, melting snow, a broken float switch on the sump pump, and a clogged sump pump drain line. Learn more about sump pump failure and actions to address causes.

August 15th, 2022|

What to do About Cracks in Basement Walls

Horizontal cracks or cracks in the shape of stair steps in basement walls are typically the result of issues that are creating lateral pressure on a basement wall. It’s important to get horizontal and stair-step cracks, as well as vertical and diagonal cracks, inspected and addressed as soon as possible by a professional. These cracks can impact the structural integrity of a home's foundation and can leak if waterproofing isn't installed. Learn more about cracks in basement walls and what can be done to remediate the causes.

July 7th, 2022|

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|
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