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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.

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|

Considerations for Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Gray kitchen cabinets are a neutral option available in several shades, including dove gray, pearl gray, silky gray, weathered gray, and more. Plus, different shades of gray can be used for kitchen cabinets, walls, and floors to create different looks and moods. Learn about options for gray kitchen cabinets and color combinations for creating different looks.

August 31st, 2021|

The Most Searched for Kitchen Cabinet Color After White

White paint shades are popular in a home, especially the kitchen since it coordinates well with other colors, but the second most searched for kitchen cabinet color - blue - is popular due to the many available variations that work in different settings.

August 26th, 2021|

The Cost to Replace a Bathtub

Replacing a bathtub is one of the top priorities for a bathroom remodel. The average cost to replace a bathtub is between $1,435-$7,246. The actual replacement cost is impacted by the type of new bathtub selected, if plumbing adjustments are required, and labor costs. Other factors that effect the cost of a bathtub replacement include removing and disposing of the old tub and other materials, construction cost for preparing the area for a new bathtub, new faucets and fixtures, additional plumbing and materials, and required permits. Learn about why a bathtub should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.

August 26th, 2021|

The Cost to Install a Toilet

The cost to install a toilet averages between $224-$531. The overall project cost is impacted by the type of toilet and complexity of the installation, which can be effected by unexpected issues during installation, including leaks due to insufficient caulking, a cracked flange that causes a wobbly toilet, a leaky flush valve, or an incorrectly installed wax ring seal. Other factors that can impact the cost include removing and disposing of the old toilet, local labor rates, the type and brand of the new toilet, the location for the toilet installation, additional plumbing required, and if the subfloor needs to be replaced. Learn about why a toilet should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.

August 26th, 2021|

10 Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home

There are many repairs and minor updates that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers and avoid problems during a home inspection. Suggested repairs and updates include patching holes and cracks in walls, HVAC maintenance, repairing or replacing bathroom and kitchen faucets, addressing water damage and mold issues, and repairing faulty wiring. Consider making these 10 repairs and updates to avoid deterring potential home buyers.

August 19th, 2021|

Paint a Bathroom This Color to Increase a Home’s Selling Price

A 2021 research study found that certain paint colors can increase the selling price of a home by as much as $5,000. The findings were based on an average U.S. home price of $290,000. For a kitchen, the study found that white was the buyer's preference, while for bathrooms and bedrooms, shades of blue were preferred. Learn about which specific paint colors may increase the selling price of your home.

August 18th, 2021|

Home Renovations to Make Before a Baby Arrives

Consider completing these 11 home renovations before a baby arrives to avoid inconvenience, noise, or health and safety of the baby. Projects to consider completing include refinishing floors, bathroom and kitchen renovations and repairs, mold remediation, and painting and staining. Learn about projects to complete and why it's best to have these finished before bringing a baby into a home.

August 17th, 2021|

How Long Does A Furnace Last?

Typically, a furnace will last 15-20 years. With routine maintenance a furnace can last even longer. On the other hand, a neglected furnace may not last beyond its warranty. Oil-fueled furnaces have the longest life expectancy, and gas-fired furnaces have the shortest. Learn about ensuring the longevity of a furnace and costs for replacement.

August 13th, 2021|

The Cost for a French Drain

The cost to install a French drain is between $500-$18,000 depending on the type of water remediation system required, with most systems costing an average of approximately $5,000. Factors that impact the cost of a French drain include material used for the drain, permits, installation labor, size, length and dept of the systems, and sump pump requirements. Learn about French drain system requirements and costs for installation.

August 13th, 2021|

The Cost to Install a Sump Pump

The cost of a sump pump is typically between $639-$1,977, with pedestal pumps cost between $60-$170 and submersible pumps cost between $100-$400. Labor costs for installation is typically between $45-$200 per hour with submersible pump installation costs being higher than installation costs for pedestal pumps. Factors impacting sump pump installation include the type of basement floor, pump location, geographic location, type of sump pump installed, pump size and quality, labor and permits, and discharge system requirements. Learn more about sump pump types and costs for installation.

August 10th, 2021|

The Cost to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a viable substitute for wood, stone, and tile flooring at a substantially lower cost. The cost to install laminate flooring is between $1,500-$3,500 for a 12mm thick laminate installed in a 200-square-foot space with a sound-dampening underlayment. Laminate wood style flooring averages $6-$14 per square foot, including labor and material costs. Factors that impact the cost include add-ons that may be needed, type of finish, and abrasion rating. Labor costs average between $800-$1,600 for a 200-square-foot area. Learn more about laminate flooring options and costs for installation.

August 6th, 2021|

The Cost to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

The cost to install vinyl plank flooring ranges between $881-$3,336. Labor costs for installation average $36 per hour or $3-$10 per square foot, not including materials needed for installation. Vinyl flooring, available in planks, sheet, or tile - is a preferred flooring option due to it’s water-resistant, low maintenance, cost-effective, durable, long-lasting, and comfort characteristics. Learn more about what makes vinyl plank flooring a preferred floor material and costs for installation.

August 4th, 2021|

What is a Bathroom Bidet?

There are 5 types of bathroom bidets - the stand-alone bidet, built-in bidet, bidet seats and bidet attachments, handheld bidet, and portable bidet - and all are considered more sanitary and efficient than a traditional toilet. Additionally, the bidet offers cost savings with the elimination of toilet paper. Learn more about bidet types and benefits.

August 3rd, 2021|

Cost For a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heater installation cost is impacted by several factors, including the type of system, whether it’s a single-point or whole-house system, type of fuel it uses, flow rate, system size, brand, labor, materials, permits, accessibility, and charges for removing the existing heating system. Learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater and costs for installation.

August 2nd, 2021|

Should You Caulk Around the Toilet

The main reason given for not caulking around toilet bases is that it could hide leaks and the resulting damage could become severe. While that thought process would be true if there was a sudden and major break in a pipe, the majority of leaks are small and don’t spread onto the bathroom floor, but instead soak into the underlying structure. Learn more about caulking around the toilet base in a bathroom.

July 23rd, 2021|

The Cost for a Shower Remodel

Factors that impact the overall shower remodel cost include the condition of the old shower, the size of the shower, extent of the remodel, material and fixtures, and cost of materials and labor in your area. Learn about factors and costs to consider when remodeling a shower.

July 20th, 2021|

Should I Replace My Water Heater Before It Fails?

How long a water heater lasts depends on how well it is maintained and the type of water heater. Traditional tank storage water heaters can last between 10-15 years, and tankless models can last 20 years or more. Signs that your water heater needs to be replaced include odd sounds emanating from it, inconsistent or no hot water, discolored water, visible corrosion on the tank, and the water heater leaking. If you see any of these signs, it’s time to replace your water heater.

July 19th, 2021|
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