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Not all Basement Finishing Systems are Created Equal

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Many homeowners are looking to finish their basements and researching the matter over the Internet. These people are bound to find their share of horrors stories concerning basement finishing projects, basement finishing systems, and the contractors who install them.Just any other industry where there’s a lot of money to be made and not much consumer […]

New Basement Flooring Options

Friday, April 27th, 2012

When finishing a basement, many homeowners have a hard time finding effective and long lasting flooring options. Because basements are humid by nature and prone to water problems, most materials that would work just fine upstairs will simply not work below grade. Let’s examine the common options: Hardwood, bamboo, or cork floors are a bad […]

Creating a Kitchen in the Basement

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

By Elizabeth Gormley A kitchen, or kitchenette, in a finished basement has some great advantages.  Maybe you are housing guests, in-laws, a nanny, or you have a tenant living in your finished basement. A kitchen downstairs allows privacy as well as extraordinary functionality in your home. Also, a new modern kitchen is one of the […]

Basement Bathroom Tips: Shower Heads

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard When it comes to a quality basement finishing, it’s all about the details. A basement bathroom is a fantastic way to improve on your home, and it pays back for itself by 80% or more when the home is sold. If you could greatly improve the quality of your space by adding […]

Water Filters: the perfect addition to any kitchen or bathroom

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione You’ve repainted, refinished and even hung up a few pictures, so what else can you do to make your kitchen or bathroom complete? Add a water filter! Go green in your kitchen by forgetting about bottled water and installing a water filter on your sink’s faucet. Your water will be healthy and tasty, […]

10 Tips for Living Environmentally Friendly

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Make the jump to fluorescent lighting; it uses about a quarter as much energy as incandescent lighting and can last many times longer. Use phosphate-free detergents; they get clothes just as clean, but are gentle on the environment. Paper or plastic? Neither! Bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Pass on harsh […]

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 […]

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 […]