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.

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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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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11 Doable Ways to DIY a Basement Ceiling

21 Apr 2017, 2:28 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Choosing your basement ceiling can be tricky! Here, 11 out-of-the-box basement ceiling ideas to consider in your remodel.

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All You Need to Know About Terrazzo Floors

21 Apr 2017, 10:00 am | Basement Floors

If you’re in the market for durable, low-maintenance flooring in a basement, on a patio, or anywhere else you have a concrete substrate, take a closer look at terrazzo floors.

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How to Remove Black Mold

2 Mar 2017, 8:00 am | Mold Remediation

With a few natural ingredients, you can eliminate the harmful substance without the help of a professional.

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How to Pour Concrete

1 Mar 2017, 9:30 am | Exterior Basement Walls

Pouring concrete yourself may save you money and build your skills, but without proper equipment and attention to detail, the results can look far from professional.

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