Articles and Ideas 2016-12-27T10:00:42+00:00

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.


Extreme Urban Makeovers: 15 Cities That Are Nothing Like They Used To Be

28 Jun 2018, 3:43 am | Basement Floors

The old adage that the only constant is change certainly rings true for America's cities, many of which have been dramatically altered over the past 10, 20, or 30 years as a result of population growth, urban expansion, or unexpected events. Click through for a glimpse of the 15 cities that have experienced the most startling transformations over the last 30 years, but hurry—if history is any indication, they won't stay this way forever!

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The Most Luxurious Ways to Rough It in the Wild

19 Jul 2018, 10:38 pm | Basement Floors

A weekend in the country can be rejuvenating, but the idea of roughing it, even for just a few nights, doesn’t appeal to everyone. Luckily, the glamping trend is still going strong. Resorts and campsites nationwide are creating luxurious rural accommodations for travelers who want to experience nature without giving up the conveniences of modern life. After all, how are we going to Instagram our rustic retreat without a phone charger? Here are 15 glamping locations that combine luxury with a rugged outdoor living experience.

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11 Still-Standing Saloons of the Old West

19 Jul 2018, 2:25 am | Basement Floors

Home to revelry, rivalry, and a bevy of brews, saloons were the nexus of social and political life in the Wild West. Fortunately for admirers of antiquity and ale, many of these taverns still stand to this day as a reminder of the gunslinging spirit of westward expansion. If you have a hankering for a cold one with a history chaser, grab a seat at the bar of one of these storied saloons.

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Buyer's Guide: Stud Finders

19 Jul 2018, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

If you’ve ever had to install shelving or hang a heavy mirror on a wall, you've probably already gone looking for wal...

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8 Appliances that Cost You a Fortune in Energy Bills

12 Jul 2018, 11:39 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Choose appliances carefully and monitor their use — particularly heating and AC units, which use the most energy. Also, take steps to cut down on using these 8 other appliances that you may not have realized cost a small fortune to run.

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How To Remove Concrete Stains

3 Jul 2018, 11:00 am | Basement Floors

Conquer unsightly splotches on your driveway, patio, and garage floor to restore the handsome looks of those hardworking surfaces.

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Selling Your Home? These 7 Renovations Offer the Best Bang for Your Buck

11 Jun 2018, 3:15 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

While upgrades can boost your home price and help your home sell faster, not all renovations have an equal impact on what your home is worth. Read on to find out some upgrades that give you the most bang for your buck.

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Dehumidifiers for Basements

24 Apr 2018, 10:00 am | Basement Waterproofing

To control the humidity of the air down there—and thwart the growth of mold and mildew—get the right device.

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3 Key Steps to a Concrete Floor Refresh

11 Apr 2018, 1:45 pm | Basement Floors

If you have concrete floors in your basement, garage, or screened-in patio, you don’t have to live with lackluster. You can refresh the entire space by painting your concrete floors.

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7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

10 Apr 2018, 1:35 am | Basement Waterproofing

Even if you have no intention of using your basement as living space, it pays to be aware of the risks that dwell in your basement and that could potentially affect your family’s health.

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Basement Flooding Damage Control

12 Mar 2018, 6:00 am | Basement Waterproofing

These basement flooding cleanup tips may help as you begin to assess and address the damage done. Time is of the essence.

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31 Home Improvements That Will Double the Value of Your Home

2 Mar 2018, 8:44 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

From big to small, we have home improvements that add up to a huge boost in the value of your home!

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9 Inspiring Ideas for Basement Flooring

23 Feb 2018, 8:44 pm | Basement Floors

Basements present some unique renovation challenges, particularly when it comes to selecting flooring. Because basements are subject to high moisture and low temperatures, it's important to choose a flooring material that can stand up to these conditions.

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Building or Remodeling? The One Question You’re Forgetting to Ask

29 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Before you get too caught up in design choices for your new home or renovation project, don't forget to plan for the most important aspect—comfort.

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What’s the Difference? Satin vs. Semi-Gloss Paint

3 Jan 2018, 6:00 pm | Basement Painting

Both satin and semi-gloss finishes can lend a beautiful sheen to any interior paint job. If you’re stuck between the two, read this guide to help you determine which coat to put on.

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Home's Value in 2018

3 Jan 2018, 10:29 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

The trend in 2018 will focus on upscale renovations with a luxury feel. Small home theaters (seating for eight or fewer), wet bars, and open entertainment areas are good bets, but skip the wine cellar if you want to draw in potential buyers.

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Replacing Your Water Heater? Don't Overlook This One Key Factor

28 Dec 2017, 11:45 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

If you're in the market for a new water heater, installation will be easier if you stick to a water heater that vents the same way as your old one. But there are considerations beyond ease of installation.

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One Key Painting Step You're Overlooking

6 Dec 2017, 6:00 am | Basement Painting

No need to watch paint dry—here's how long you can expect it to take to get a smooth, even finish.

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The Best Paint to Use on Wood

26 Dec 2017, 3:00 pm | Basement Painting

Prime your next painting project for success with our recommendations for the best paint to use on wooden surfaces throughout the home.

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How To Caulk Baseboards

20 Dec 2017, 12:00 pm | Basement Painting

In addition to filling gaps and making the joinery look flawless, this sealant serves as an important barrier to keep both critters and drafts out of spaces where they shouldn’t be.

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Pro Tips: Basement Waterproofing

17 Dec 2017, 10:00 pm | Basement Waterproofing

There are a variety of possible causes of a wet basement. Although structural problems are often to blame, poor drainage or plumbing leaks can also trigger moisture or flooding.

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12 Bars You Can Build at Home

12 Oct 2017, 10:11 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Take a look at these 12 ideas for creating a practical and well-designed space for unwinding with good friends and a good drink.

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New Floors? 5 Top Hardwood Options to Know

8 Aug 2017, 11:30 pm | Basement Floors

Don’t let the variety of options floor you! Find out which wood surface will look best and wear longest underfoot—at a price you can afford!

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How To Acid Stain Concrete

29 Aug 2017, 2:25 pm | Basement Floors

Go from gray to gorgeous with this simple technique to impart your patio, floor, or countertop with deep, stylish color.

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Know the Rules for Finished Basements

24 Jun 2017, 11:00 pm | Egress Windows & Doors

Finishing your basement? Be sure that your remodeling work is in compliance with building codes in your area.

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