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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.


Tackle this Task Right After the New Year to Protect Your Property

17 Jan 2019, 6:00 pm | Basement Floors

No one likes to think about the possibility of fire, flood, storm damage, or theft. But should such a disaster occur,...

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8 Things You Need If You Hate Doing Laundry

18 Jan 2019, 12:53 am | Basement Floors

Laundry: You don't have to love doing it, but it needs to get done somehow. If you need a little coaxing to gear yourself up for laundry day, take a look at some of these clever inventions that promise to make the job easier, cleaner, faster, and maybe even more fun.

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For the Dogs: 11 Crazy Home Upgrades Made by Pet Owners

18 Jan 2019, 1:06 am | Basement Floors

Most pet parents make a few changes to their dwelling when they welcome a new four-legged friend, maybe fencing in the yard, installing a dog door, or putting up an indoor gate. But some homeowners go to extremes, embarking on over-the-top updates to keep their pets happy and make them feel like part of the family. Check out the most attention-getting pet-inspired remodels from around the web—and then consider (or not) re-creating one in your home.

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7 Tips for How to Clean Stained Grout

11 Jan 2019, 7:00 pm | Basement Floors

it’s possible to clean and restore your grout using common household products and a bit of elbow grease.

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5 Things to Know Before Cleaning Your Home's Air Ducts

10 Jan 2019, 5:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Find out if cleaning the ducts that keep dust at bay will actually improve the air quality inside your home—or if the job may do more harm than good.

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The Best Home Projects for Every Month in 2019

11 Jan 2019, 5:50 am | Basement Floors

At the beginning of a new year, it’s only natural to have some lofty ideas about home projects you'd like to tackle. But an overambitious to-do list can lead to stress and major home improvement burnout. Avoid to-do list fatigue by spreading projects out over the year instead! To help you plan, here’s a month-by-month guide to projects that will keep your home clean, safe, and properly maintained all year long.

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Buyer's Guide: Interior Paints

4 Jan 2019, 7:00 pm | Basement Painting

Use these shopping tips and recommendations—based on satisfied consumers’ reviews—to find the best interior paint for the job.

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15 Reasons to Think Twice About an Open Floor Plan

20 Dec 2018, 10:50 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Open concept living has been losing ground as buyers turn to cozier, more energy-efficient houses. Here are just a few reasons you may want to pass on that open floor plan.

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

1 Dec 2018, 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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Read This Before You Install a Floating Tile Floor

10 Dec 2018, 7:00 pm | Basement Floors

If you’ve been wanting a tile floor but shied away due to the difficulty of installing your own traditional tile, you may be intrigued by the idea of a floating tile floor.

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7 Things to Know Before Choosing Laminate Flooring

30 Nov 2018, 9:00 pm | Basement Floors

To find out if this material is right for your budget, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences, first consider these pros and cons of laminate flooring.

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7 Things to Know Before Choosing and Installing Marble Flooring

28 Nov 2018, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

Learn what types of marble are available, how to choose the best one for your budget, and glean some DIY tips should you opt to tackle installation yourself.

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7 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

15 Nov 2018, 4:31 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Is your water too hard? Here are just a few of the tell-tale signs that you may need a water softener.

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How to Remove Texture From Walls

20 Nov 2018, 11:00 pm | Basement Painting

Before putting on your work clothes and picking up a scraper, get to know the two methods for removing texture from walls depending on whether or not your walls are painted.

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The Right Height for Wainscoting

30 Oct 2018, 5:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

There’s an art to getting this architectural feature in perfect proportion with the rest of the room. Follow this advice and your wainscoting will stand out for all the right reasons.

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French Drains 101

9 Sep 2018, 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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10 Things Not to Keep in Your Basement

22 Oct 2018, 10:56 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Basements are prone to dampness, mold, and temperature swings, which can adversely affect many of the items commonly kept down there.

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Dos and Don’ts of Finishing Basement Walls

18 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Find out what it takes to successfully “finish” a basement’s concrete walls to create a comfortable living space down below.

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6 Things to Know Before Installing Recessed Lighting

20 Sep 2018, 11:30 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Understand the advantages that properly and thoughtfully installed recessed lighting has over lamps and hardwired fixtures.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Waterproofing Basement Walls

6 Sep 2018, 9:45 am | Basement Waterproofing

Depending on the reason for the moisture problem, the fix could be a simple remedy, or it could require a foundation contractor. If you’re looking at waterproofing basement walls, these tips will get you started.

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8 Things to Know Before Leveling a Floor

24 Aug 2018, 6:00 pm | Basement Floors

When inflexible flooring is installed over a substrate that dips or heaves, various things can go wrong. To avoid unsatisfactory results with rigid flooring, read on to get clear about if, where, and why your substrate might be uneven—and how to deal with the issues.

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All You Need to Know About Basement Drains

23 Jul 2018, 11:00 am | Basement Waterproofing

Whether you’re building a new home and getting to know your waterproofing options or dealing with a water problem at your current place, get the 411 on the drainage methods that could help prevent—even remedy—a damp basement.

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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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