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.

10 Cheap Ways to Bring the Beach to the Backyard

23 Jun 2017, 8:28 pm | Basement Floors

During the dog days of summer, hot weather and sunny skies may make you wish you could be at the beach every day. Unfortunately, little responsibilities, like having a job and taking care of a family, can come in the way of that. If you can’t make it to the beach, the next best thing is bringing the beach to your backyard. Check out these 10 essentials that will make lounging at home feel like you're relaxing on the sandy shores.

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8 Backyard Projects That Start with a Bag of Concrete

23 Jun 2017, 4:22 pm | Basement Floors

Now that the mercury's rising—but not yet too high—it's the perfect time to amp up the landscaping and spruce up the patio in preparation for a summer filled with play, relaxation, and fun with family and friends. But what about those outdoor projects you only dream about? You know, the ones you've delayed for lack of time, energy, or money. Whether you've been angling for a stylish side table, a whimsical walkway, or a fire pit that's too hot for words, you can build all these artful accents and more without breaking a sweat—or breaking the bank—using just a bag of Quikrete and some basic tools. The ready-to-use concrete does most of the heavy lifting for you. No one needs to know just how easy it was for you to create your own outdoor oasis! Well, what are you waiting for? Don your safety glasses and gloves, and get cracking on one or more of these concrete projects that can enhance the whole backyard.

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Porcelain or Ceramic: Which Tile Type Is Right for You?

23 Jun 2017, 6:00 am | Basement Floors

When considering a tile refresh for any floor, wall, or countertop, keep porcelain and ceramic tiles top of mind for ...

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10 Sneaky Hidden Costs of Home Remodeling

19 Jun 2017, 11:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Be prepared! Review these 10 sneaky costs of home remodeling that you could encounter in your next renovation.

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8 Renovations That Pay You Back

16 Jun 2017, 10:25 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Not all renovations are created equal. Get the scoop on the best investments you can make when remodeling your home.

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5 Simple Fixes for Worn Concrete

16 Jun 2017, 4:00 pm | Exterior Basement Walls

Concrete surfaces are built to last, but sometimes you need to intervene to make sure they stay as good-looking as they are hardworking.

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The Secret to a Warmer, Drier, Faster Finished Basement

14 Jun 2017, 10:30 am | Basement Floors

Before taking your basement-finishing project any further, consider that its comfort, efficiency, and longevity all depend on a suitable subfloor. Read on to learn why that's true.

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The 10 Best Colors for a Brighter Basement

9 Jun 2017, 4:06 am | Basement Painting

If you're renovating your basement, or if you simply want to freshen up the space, don't ignore the importance of paint color. Here are 10 paint colors that would be welcome additions to any basement design.

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The Right Way to Seal Concrete

30 May 2017, 8:00 am | Basement Floors

After you complete a concrete job, don't neglect the single most important step to ensure that it lasts a lifetime: sealing.

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The 15 Smartest and Smallest DIYs You Can Do for Your Home

22 May 2017, 11:46 pm | Egress Windows & Doors

We’ve put together a list of DIYs you can take on to boost your home's potential and your quality of life, including window well covers to keep out the downpour and reduce the risk of leaks in your basement.

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