Archive for the ‘Basement Finishing’ Category

Tips on Paying Your Contractor

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione When it comes to coughing up payment to your basement contractor, things can go sour quickly. Is the contractor going to take your money and run? Are you stiffing an honest contractor out of hard-earned money? Too often, the problem lies with the contract and a vague description of payment terms and conditions. Tim […]

Picking the Best Basement Wall Products

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard As the real estate slump continues to worsen and homes become more and more difficult to sell, homeowners are finding that the best option for gaining more living space for their family is to finish the basement.  In response to this ever-increasing trend, many companies are designing wall panels especially for use […]

Making Space for a Finished Basement

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

How to Make Room for More Room in Your Home By Jacques Bouchard I did a little spring cleaning over the weekend.  Among other things, I brought four 60-gallon Rubbermaid containers into the basement.  Four. More. Giant. Containers. In all, I have three dozen of these storage units now– all filled to the brim with […]

Steps to Remodeling the Basement

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard A Monster in your Basement Imagine this:  Your floor upstairs experiences leaking each time it rains.  Water flows from every crack and crevice in the walls and puddles all over the floor.  Even when there’s no rain at all, it always seems to be damp, humid, and musty up there.  if you […]

Basement Refinishing Do’s and Don’ts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Remodeling a basement can be a difficult job. How differently should you treat it compared to any other room in your house? Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be well on your way to a nicely refinished basement that you’ll be pleased with for a long time. Do: Eliminate moisture problems […]

Basement Design Ideas

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Designing any room can be tough, but a basement can be especially uninspiring for design ideas. Bad lighting, a cold atmosphere and mechanical eyesores popping out everywhere don’t give homeowners much to work with when they’re coming up with remodeling designs. Use these basement design ideas to guide you as you revamp […]

Basement Contractors: Hiring Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Imagine a contractor working on your basement. You hired him and gave him the down payment that he requested. The work takes weeks and you feel like nothing is really getting done. He keeps asking for more money and you keep shelling it out hoping it will motivate him to finish. Months […]

Basement Layout: What Goes Where

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione How do you arrange a room that takes up an entire floor, has poor lighting, and is usually cold and dreary? Where do you even start? There are many ways to approach your basement layout, but you should focus on a layout that adds convenience, organization and function to your home. Define […]

Basement Ceilings: How they affect your whole house

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Though you may not realize it, your basement ceiling can affect your entire house. The type of basement ceiling you choose can affect how much noise travels from your basement to the rest of the house, how warm or cold the floor above your basement feels, and how well the ceiling repels […]

Money Saving Tips: Make the Most of What’s in your Home

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione There are many money saving tips out there that can help your bank account in small ways. How you manage your spending and how you make use of what you already have in your home can make all the difference in this fickle economy. Give these tips a try and stop being […]