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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.


The 25 Most Walkable Cities in the United States

25 Mar 2019, 10:21 am | Basement Floors

Roaming the streets on foot might elicit stares in some car-dependent corners of the country, but did you know that there are plenty of walkable towns, small and large, where you can rely on your own two feet to commute, shop, dine, and explore? Walk Score, a private company that aims to promote walkable neighborhoods, hands out a walkability rating of 0 to 100 to cities around the United States. The company uses factors like population density and road metrics to measure a city's pedestrian-friendliness and also analyzes hundreds of routes to local amenities from specific addresses. Scroll through to find out which cities made it into the top 25, then lace up and take a stroll around your favorite one.

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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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The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

28 Feb 2019, 10:00 am | Basement Floors

Understand what makes vinyl such a viable flooring option—as well as the downsides to this popular product—to decide whether to install it or remove it from your home.

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Beautiful Basements: 13 Surprisingly Cool Underground Amenities

15 Feb 2019, 3:11 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Forget TV rooms, dens, and guest suites. These inspired hideaways are the new look for finished basements.

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Bathroom Floor Tile: Which Is Best for You?

1 Feb 2019, 7:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

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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How to Select the Right Water Heater Size

31 Jan 2019, 2:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

If a new water heater is in your future, take some time to figure out whether the size of your current heater meets your needs. These pro tips will walk you through the process.

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9 Parts of Your Home to Check for Winter Weather Damage

30 Jan 2019, 3:32 pm | Basement Waterproofing

When temperatures dip below freezing, there are several vulnerable areas of your property that are subject to potential problems that you'll have to fix come springtime.

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This Is How Long Each of Your Major Appliances Should Last

25 Jan 2019, 5:35 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

If you're wondering how much time your appliances may have left, check out these guidelines on how long you can expect your appliances to last.

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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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