Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ 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, […]

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 […]

Turning a Basement into a Gameroom

Monday, July 25th, 2011

By Elizabeth Gormley When it comes to transforming your basement into a gameroom, the possibilities are truly endless.  After enlisting the help of a basement finishing contractor, the fun begins. Do you want a theme room, like your favorite sport, a casino lounge, or pub decor?  To be wise, it is best to avoid a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Basement Lighting – No limitations, only possibilities.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

One of the most challenging and often overlooked areas in basement design is lighting. To compensate for the usual lack of natural day light, most people resort to bright overhead lights that will spread light evenly throughout the room, to prevent it from looking like a dungeon. While that approach might make sense for a […]

Making Space for a Finished Basement

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

How to Make Room for More Room in Your Home 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 things I’m not […]

Total Basement Finishing’s Everlast Walls Qualify for Federal Tax Credit.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

There was never a better moment to tackle that green, energy efficient basement remodeling project.

The Case against Fiberglass Insulation in a Finished Basement

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Fiberglass might work for above grade areas, but its use in basement can have disastrous consequences.