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 Drill Bits for Every Project

23 Jan 2020, 7:00 pm | Basement Floors

Get the 411 on drill bits so you’ll know which ones to buy and rely on for all kinds of drilling tasks.

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The Most Popular Home Renovation Projects in America—And How Much They Cost

23 Jan 2020, 10:00 pm | Basement Floors

When you own a home, there's always another project to tackle. The question is, which do you take on next? Maybe your living room looks like a time capsule from the 1980s, or you desperately need to add a bathroom, or perhaps you're just looking for inspiration for your next project. Well, get started by looking through this list of the most popular renovation projects in America, and how much they cost.

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11 Products That Will Finally Bring Your Home Peace and Quiet

24 Jan 2020, 5:12 pm | Basement Floors

These smart buys will help restore calm to your home.

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Solved! What’s the Best Bathtub Size?

20 Jan 2020, 10:00 am | Basement Finishing Ideas

Choosing the right bathtub size is crucial, whether remodeling an older bathroom or adding a new one. And these days, bathtubs come in more sizes, shapes, and depths than ever, so the key is determining which will fit both your lifestyle and your square footage.

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What's the Difference? Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

16 Jan 2020, 7:00 pm | Basement Floors

To decide what will work best in your home, first get to know what separates the two options with these key points in the case of prefinished vs. unfinished hardwood flooring.

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10 Things That Are Ruining Your Home's Plumbing

10 Jan 2020, 10:38 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Whether it’s putting the wrong things down the garbage disposal or doing a bad DIY job, you may be putting your plumbing at risk. To avoid a large plumbing emergency, stop doing these 10 things.

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15 Home Improvements That Can't Wait Until Spring

9 Jan 2020, 11:53 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Certain home improvement projects are best suited for spring and summer, for instance, painting the exterior or power-washing the driveway. But you can—and should—take care of important maintenance tasks, even in the coldest weather.

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How To Find a Plumbing Leak

8 Jan 2020, 10:00 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Every homeowner should know how to find a water leak. Read on for advice on determining whether you’ve sprung one and how to identify its location so you can nip the plumbing problem in the bud.

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What's the Difference? Heat Pump vs. Furnace

3 Jan 2020, 11:30 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Run through these eight comparisons—furnaces vs. heat pumps—to find out which one is best suited to your heating needs.

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4 Important Tools for Detecting a Gas Leak

30 Dec 2019, 1:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Learn how to detect a gas leak and protect your home and loved ones from harm with just a handful of pro-rated tools.

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These 10 Renovation Trends Will Be Popular in 2020

23 Dec 2019, 6:16 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

When you own a home, it never seems to be quite finished. If you're busy dreaming up new projects for the new year, check out this top 10 list of renovation trends for 2020.

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The Best Home Makeover Success Stories of 2019

19 Dec 2019, 2:01 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Check out the picks of the most awe-inspiring before and afters of renovation projects of the year, and then roll up your sleeves and get started on your own.

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9 Furnace Troubleshooting Tips from the Pros

12 Dec 2019, 7:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

The next time your gas furnace stops pumping out the heat, before you call in the pros, try to troubleshoot the problem yourself using this handy checklist.

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Is Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Right for Your Project?

27 Nov 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

Prefinished hardwood flooring offers an easier alternative to a real wood floor. But, like all flooring materials, prefinished hardwood has pros and cons. Learn about benefits and drawbacks to decide if it’s the right material for your home.

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Here's Why Every Bathroom Could Benefit from a Ventilation Fan

26 Nov 2019, 4:17 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

This workhorse does much more than just keep the mirrors clear. Read on to learn why a new bathroom fan should be a priority home upgrade, whether you have an upcoming renovation or not.

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15 Places Water Damage May Be Hiding in Your Home

6 Aug 2019, 2:10 pm | Basement Waterproofing

Water damage is often hidden from sight, tucked away between walls or under floors. As a result, significant structural damage can occur before it’s discovered. Read on to learn about 15 spots where water damage could be hiding in your home.

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3 Tips to Choosing Track Lighting

21 Nov 2019, 1:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Track lighting can add drama and a modern aesthetic everywhere from the bathroom to the finished basement and is relatively affordable. Here’s all you need to know to bring the flexibility and flair of track lighting to your home.

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What's the Difference? Shiplap vs. Tongue and Groove

20 Nov 2019, 4:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

If you’re a fan of modern farmhouse style, or simply watch a lot of decorating shows on TV, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the comeback of wall paneling. Read on to learn what separates shiplap from tongue and groove to help you pick the paneling that’s perfect for your home.

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25 Smart, Inspiring Ways to Use a Spare Bedroom

18 Nov 2019, 5:19 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

If you're lucky enough to have an unused bedroom, you've got a blank canvas that's brimming with potential. Jazz up that spare space and make it more functional.

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Solved! How Often to Change a Furnace Filter

11 Nov 2019, 6:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

A clean furnace filter makes a big difference in air quality. What’s more, the fresher the filter, the more efficiently your HVAC system runs, resulting in lower energy bills.

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How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood

4 Nov 2019, 8:00 pm | Basement Floors

If the damage has already been done and you have to figure out how to remove water stains from wood, don’t be discouraged. Many have eliminated, or at least made significantly less visible, the unsightly marks that moisture can leave.

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Solved! How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater and Prevent Future Woes

4 Nov 2019, 12:00 pm | Basement Floors

Q: Help! My hot water heater is leaking.  After mopping up, I see more water starting to puddle but I can’t tell wher...

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5 Types of Plumbing Pipes You'll Find in Homes

30 Oct 2019, 3:00 pm | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

Understand the typical uses for each type of pipe and why certain pipes are better suited than others for specific plumbing projects.

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Change Filters Frequently to Optimize Furnace Efficiency

29 Oct 2019, 11:00 am | Basement Plumbing, HVAC

To change a furnace filter is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to maximize the efficiency of your heating system and to help purify your home’s air.

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Solved! The Standard Size for Doors

23 Oct 2019, 5:00 pm | Basement Finishing Ideas

Purchase the proper size interior and entry doors to suit your home remodel or new construction—and learn which make the most reasonable DIY projects.

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