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.


5 Types of Tile Worth Considering in Your Next Renovation

19 Oct 2017, 2:00 pm | Basement Floors

Walk into a home improvement store on a mission to renovate your kitchen or bath, and you may find yourself overwhelm...

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America's Most Indestructible Buildings

20 Oct 2017, 2:44 am | Basement Floors

While a severe earthquake, hurricane, or nuclear disaster could easily destroy most buildings, there exists a rare breed of structures that would emerge practically unscathed and as striking as ever. These everlasting edifices incorporate rugged materials, impact-resistant surfaces, and clever mechanical features to survive the worst natural and man-made disasters. Here are 10 of the most indestructible buildings across the country.

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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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14 Tips for a Cozy Basement Bedroom

17 Feb 2017, 11:56 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Visit 14 inviting basement bedrooms for clues as to what these homeowners did right, and how you can create a similar look.

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Prevent Basement Window Leaks

16 Feb 2017, 10:19 pm | Egress Windows & Doors

Basement windows are great for letting in natural light, but what if they also let in water? Here's how you can solve the problem.

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10 Decisions Homeowners Never Regret

13 Feb 2017, 10:19 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Here are a few foolproof ways to get the best home-improvement bang for your hard-earned buck without suffering a case of buyer's remorse.

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13 Renovation Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

6 Feb 2017, 6:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Whether you’re taking the DIY route or calling in a skilled specialist, here are few lessons to take to heart before leaping into a home renovation.

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How to Create the Perfect Bonus Room

17 Jan 2017, 9:45 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Even if it's currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential.

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Replacing Bulkhead Doors

17 Jan 2017, 9:30 pm | Egress Windows & Doors

Steel or wood - find out which is best to use for a bulkhead door for your basement's egress entry.

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How To Drill Into Concrete

29 Dec 2016, 6:00 am | Exterior Basement Walls

While concrete's cool, industrial aesthetic is a go-to design touch in modern homes, its density and strength are.

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How To Sweat Copper Pipe

27 Dec 2016, 5:00 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

For DIYers eager to take on plumbing tasks, one of the most important skills to master is how to sweat copper pipe.

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