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 Best Trim Colors for the Home, Inside and Out

23 May 2019, 2:20 am | Basement Floors

Bring out your home’s best features—and hide its flaws—with these trendy trim colors.

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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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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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