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.


Solved! What to Do When Your Kitchen Sink Is Clogged

15 Jul 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

Q: Last night my kitchen sink clogged up while I was in the middle of a load of dirty dishes. By morning, the sink ha...

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These Are the 12 Best Things You Can Do for Your AC

16 Jul 2019, 10:29 pm | Basement Floors

Aah—that’s your sigh of contentment when you retreat from the hot summer sun and enter the sweet relief of your air-conditioned home. But if you want your AC to cool the air reliably and efficiently, it needs regular care and maintenance—and not just when Mother Nature turns up the heat. So, as the heat soars this summer, take a moment to give thanks to Willis Carrier, who invented modern air conditioning back in 1902, and then be sure to follow these 12 tips that will help keep all that cool comfort coming.

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The Speediest Way to Cut Your Summer Energy Bills

17 Jul 2019, 11:45 am | Basement Floors

When you're trying to maintain a comfortably cool indoor temperature in the summer, your energy bills tend to rise wi...

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13 Problems a Power Outage Can Cause at Home

16 Jul 2019, 5:52 pm | Basement Floors

We live in a wired world, where nearly everything in our lives requires a steady supply of electricity to remain in operation. But sometimes severe storms, high winds, lightning strikes, car accidents, falling trees, unusually high power demands, or even damage by animals can cause severe disruptions in local and regional power grids, leaving your home without electricity for hours—or more—at a time. Here are some of the major problems that can occur both during a power outage and when the power comes back on—and how to cope.

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The Secrets to Pouring Concrete in the Heat of Summer

15 Jul 2019, 6:59 pm | Basement Floors

While summer sunshine encourages outdoor projects, it also poses its own set of challenges. Ahead, learn how to beat the heat when pouring garden edging, patio slabs, and more in your yard.

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10 Chemicals You Didn't Know You Were Carrying into the House

16 Jul 2019, 12:39 am | Basement Floors

Plastics, processed foods, and highly concentrated cleaning products make our lives more convenient, but they may come at a cost to our health. It’s no surprise that you can be exposed to harmful chemicals just about everywhere—including your home—but you may be shocked to learn about the chemicals hiding in common, routinely purchased household items. Here are just 10 of the potentially harmful chemicals you may not know you've been bringing into your house.

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How Much Tile Do I Need?

8 Jul 2019, 11:00 am | Basement Floors

Follow these easy steps to make sure that you stock enough material for your next tile project.

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French Drains 101

1 July 2019, 9:27 pm | Basement Waterproofing

A French drain is a ditch in the ground, inset with a perforated pipe under a layer of gravel. That pipe funnels storm water away from where you don’t want it—along the foundation, for example—and deposits that water in a more desirable place.

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The Best Paint Primers, According to DIYers and Pros

27 Jun 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Painting

Whether you’re painting the living room or a patio table, applying a preparatory coat of primer to the surface first will improve adherence, prevent peeling, and reduce the number of coats needed to obtain beautiful results.

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6 Things to Know About Living with High Ceilings

27 Jun 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

If you’ve got your sights on such glorious heights, whether hunting for a new house or remodeling your existing one, it’s crucial to assess construction limitations, costs, and your comfort level, so read on for the lowdown on high ceilings.

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PEX vs. Copper: Which Pipes are Right for My Home?

28 Jun 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

While copper still plays an important role in water pipes for new construction, PEX pipe is quickly becoming the choice for remodeling and retrofitting.

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Solved! Where to Place the Smoke Detectors in Your House

1 Jul 2019, 11:00 am | Basement Floors

Install life-saving smoke detectors in the right locations throughout your home and ensure they’re all up to code.

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What's the Difference? Joint Compound vs. Spackle

21 Jun 2019, 6:00 pm | Basement Painting

If you’re about to tackle wall installation or repair, read on for the 411 on spackle and joint compound—and handle the job like a pro.

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7 Things to Know Before Installing a Cement Tile Floor

19 Jun 2019, 10:00 am | Basement Floors

Cement tile is taking the design world by storm, but they’re not appropriate for every style and setting. Read on for the pros and cons of cement tile floors to learn if they belong in your home.

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The Best Ways to Dress Up a Drop Ceiling

14 Jun 2019, 2:32 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Here are 10 creative, affordable cover-ups and daring designs sure to make a drop ceiling look special and enhance the ambience of any room.

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8 Times to Never, Ever Skip Paint Primer

7 May 2019, 2:23 am | Basement Painting

A primer preps the painting surface and seals any stains so that the paint adheres well, and you’ll get the smoothest, cleanest finish possible. Read on to find out why you should never skip priming before painting.

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16 Pro Tips for Painting Interior Doors

25 Apr 2019, 3:18 am | Basement Painting

Give your doors a fresh coat and you’ll be surprised by the striking impact it has on a room.

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Quick Tips Before You Install Recessed Lighting

25 Dec 2018, 1:30 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Placement is key when you're installing recessed lighting. Follow these tips to ensure the best results from this lighting design.

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The Best Options for Bathroom Floor Tile

15 Apr 2019, 11:00 pm | Basement Floors

While there are many bathroom floor tile options, knowing the pros and cons for each will help you make the right choice in your home.

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Don't Mess Up This First Step When Tiling a Floor

3 Apr 2019, 6:00 pm | Basement Floors

Learn all about tile underlayment materials and installation to ensure a smooth, stable surface beneath your tile flooring project.

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Basement Flooding Damage Control

30 Mar 2019, 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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How To Paint a Ceiling

26 Mar 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Painting

Here are some pointers on prep and techniques for how to paint a ceiling that will help you accomplish the job easily and successfully, just like a pro.

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Here's What Potential Home Buyers Need to Know About Radon

14 Mar 2019, 9:00 pm | Basement Waterproofing

Read to learn all about radon gas, how to have a property inspected for it, and what can be done to remove radon gas so it will be safe for your family.

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10 Shower Tile Ideas that Make a Splash

11 Mar 2019, 3:42 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

When it comes to retiling a shower, or planning a new bathroom remodel from scratch, many homeowners are overwhelmed by the array of options for tile material, design, and placement. Here are 10 shower tile ideas to help inspire your own shower redo.

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How To Grout Tile

4 Mar 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

Fill the joints between your new tiles with fresh grout in four easy steps.

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