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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.