Archive for the ‘Green Basement Finishing’ Category

Remodeling Contractors: Check those references!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Among all the necessary steps to take when hiring a basement contractor, asking for and checking a contractor’s references is most commonly overlooked by the homeowners. Some are not comfortable with the idea of bothering a complete stranger, or calling someone on the phone to ask about the work performance of another. Others just don’t know how to do it, […]

Basement Home Theater

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

 By Tim Manson While many of the ideas on this website are centered around brightening up your basement and keeping it from looking like an old cave, there is one option in which a cave might be the appropriate setting.  If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the summer heat and catch the latest blockbuster movie, […]

Turning Basements into Home Offices

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Donna Kshir Creating the perfect home office is vital to your success while working from home, and your finished basement is a great location to create an office space. Your basement offers familiar surroundings to you and your family, but it also offers a safe and private location to handle your business. 

Before considering […]

Turn a Basement into a Personal Gym

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Nicole Kinsman It’s time to turn that forgotten basement into a useful space. When renovating your basement the first thing to consider is what purpose the room will have. While there are many options for this space, this article will discuss transforming your basement into a personal gym. There are several important steps to […]

Basement Finishing Systems

Monday, July 25th, 2011

By Elizabeth Gormley In many homes, the basement is a cold, dark storage space with concrete floors that’s more than a little bit spooky.  But with today’s basement finishing systems, it’s possible to transform this scary area into a warm and welcoming place as bright as any room upstairs.  Basement finishing works like adding another […]

Be Wary of Drywall

Friday, July 15th, 2011

by Francine Maglione Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? You may be doing Mother Nature a favor by avoiding drywall when finishing your basement. The Los Angeles Times reported that waste drywall takes up a tremendous amount of space in landfills. The process used to manufacture drywall can also have consequences. Mining the gypsum used […]

The Ins and Outs of Steel Basement Windows

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

by Jacques Bouchard Why do basement windows exist?  If you’ve been looking at your single-paned steel basement windows recently, you’ve likely asked yourself this very question. There’s a simple answer:  if there were no basement windows installed, the area would look like a dungeon.  Of course, when steel basement windows corrode, rust, jam shut and/or […]

Drywall Creates a Vicious Cycle

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard When it comes to home building practices, old habits die hard.  Despite the fact that better and more effective building practices are being designed for the home, there’s still builders that will keep beating that dead horse and install the same broken-down systems they’ve built their whole life.  This is especially true […]

Home Remodeling’s Bottom Line

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard There’s no doubt about it- the housing market is in terrible shape, and there’s no end in sight for the near future. Fannie Mae predicts a drop in the housing market of an average of 5-7% nationwide in the next year alone! Wall Street Analyst Ivy Zelman predicts that housing value is […]

Wood Sub Flooring makes for Rotten Basement Remodeling

Monday, July 11th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard Too often, general contractors who complete a basement finishing will design a house with the same plans that were used for the rest of the home. To accomplish this, they design basement ceilings and floors with drywall, creating a large white box in the basement. While not especially creative, it does give […]