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.


The Pros and Cons of Split Level Homes

11 Dec 2019, 2:00 pm | Basement Floors

Split level homes, with their three staggered floors, began appearing in American suburbs in the 1950s and reached pe...

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The Best Ice Scrapers for Wintertime Driving

11 Dec 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

Waking to a snow-covered landscape is awe-inspiring until you realize you’ll have to scrape ice from your car’s winds...

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The 21 Best Ways You Can Prepare for a Frigid Winter

12 Dec 2019, 3:04 am | Basement Floors

Use these techniques to ready your home, garden, car, and family for whatever winter brings.

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Is Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Right for Your Project?

27 Nov 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

Prefinished hardwood flooring offers an easier alternative to a real wood floor. But, like all flooring materials, prefinished hardwood has pros and cons. Learn about benefits and drawbacks to decide if it’s the right material for your home.

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Here's Why Every Bathroom Could Benefit from a Ventilation Fan

26 Nov 2019, 4:17 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

This workhorse does much more than just keep the mirrors clear. Read on to learn why a new bathroom fan should be a priority home upgrade, whether you have an upcoming renovation or not.

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15 Places Water Damage May Be Hiding in Your Home

6 Aug 2019, 2:10 pm | Basement Waterproofing

Water damage is often hidden from sight, tucked away between walls or under floors. As a result, significant structural damage can occur before it’s discovered. Read on to learn about 15 spots where water damage could be hiding in your home.

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3 Tips to Choosing Track Lighting

21 Nov 2019, 1:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Track lighting can add drama and a modern aesthetic everywhere from the bathroom to the finished basement and is relatively affordable. Here’s all you need to know to bring the flexibility and flair of track lighting to your home.

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What's the Difference? Shiplap vs. Tongue and Groove

20 Nov 2019, 4:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

If you’re a fan of modern farmhouse style, or simply watch a lot of decorating shows on TV, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the comeback of wall paneling. Read on to learn what separates shiplap from tongue and groove to help you pick the paneling that’s perfect for your home.

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25 Smart, Inspiring Ways to Use a Spare Bedroom

18 Nov 2019, 5:19 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

If you're lucky enough to have an unused bedroom, you've got a blank canvas that's brimming with potential. Jazz up that spare space and make it more functional.

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Solved! How Often to Change a Furnace Filter

11 Nov 2019, 6:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

A clean furnace filter makes a big difference in air quality. What’s more, the fresher the filter, the more efficiently your HVAC system runs, resulting in lower energy bills.

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How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood

4 Nov 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

If the damage has already been done and you have to figure out how to remove water stains from wood, don’t be discouraged. Many have eliminated, or at least made significantly less visible, the unsightly marks that moisture can leave.

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Solved! How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater and Prevent Future Woes

4 Nov 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

Q: Help! My hot water heater is leaking.  After mopping up, I see more water starting to puddle but I can’t tell wher...

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5 Types of Plumbing Pipes You'll Find in Homes

30 Oct 2019, 3:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Understand the typical uses for each type of pipe and why certain pipes are better suited than others for specific plumbing projects.

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Change Filters Frequently to Optimize Furnace Efficiency

29 Oct 2019, 11:00 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

To change a furnace filter is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to maximize the efficiency of your heating system and to help purify your home’s air.

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Solved! The Standard Size for Doors

23 Oct 2019, 5:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Purchase the proper size interior and entry doors to suit your home remodel or new construction—and learn which make the most reasonable DIY projects.

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6 Reasons for Installing Recessed Lighting Throughout the Home

17 Oct 2019, 2:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Whereas other types of fixtures best suit one or another specific application—be it ambient, task, or accent lighting—versatile recessed lights can meet all average household needs.

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6 Things to Know About Travertine

9 Oct 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

Travertine is prized as a durable, elegant, and character-filled material for residential applications, including flooring, countertops, backsplashes, shower and tub surrounds,and more.

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Solved! The Recommended Humidity Level at Home

30 Sep 2019, 10:00 am | Basement Waterproofing

Learn how to maintain ideal moisture levels in the air to protect your family’s health and comfort, as well as the structural integrity of your house.

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The Best Home Improvements To Increase The Value of Your House

27 Sep 2019, 3:10 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

A good rule of thumb for determining your home renovation budget is figuring out if you're going to get a return on your investment. You should be strategic when renovating — go after the room (or rooms) that will make the best investment.

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The 6 Best Things You Can Do for Your Plumbing

25 Sep 2019, 3:10 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

If you take these steps to safeguard your plumbing system now, you could reduce the risk of future plumbing problems and even increase the useful life of some of your appliances.

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6 Ways High-Velocity HVAC is Built to Help Save You Money

24 Sep 2019, 1:53 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Learn how a climate-control system can deliver not only uniform comfort throughout the home but also real savings over time.

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What's the Difference: Renovation vs. Remodel?

19 Sep 2019, 9:30 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

The words “renovation” and “remodel” are often used interchangeably, but if you’re planning some major home improvements, it’s best to get the terminology right before you talk to a contractor.

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Solved! What to Do About Yellowing Paintwork

17 Sep 2019, 2:00 pm | Basement Painting

Whether or not you can reverse the discoloration or must tackle the tinge another way depends on the cause. Read on to identify what’s behind the yellowed paint in your home and learn how to restore its original color.

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Here's How Much Remodeling Any Room Really Costs

17 Sep 2019, 10:49 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Whether you’re looking to renovate your entire kitchen, complete with new cabinetry and appliances, or you just want to update your living room with a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, and carpeting, remodeling can be a pricey prospect.

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Paint by Numbers: Top Paint Brands Reveal Their Most Popular Colors

16 Sep 2019, 8:13 pm | Basement Painting

Strike the balance between timeless and on trend with these 12 paint colors selected by top experts for their widespread popularity and visual appeal.

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