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Winterizing Your Basement

December 6th, 2011

A Harsh Winter Is On The Way — Is Your Basement Ready?
While many homeowners are bracing their homes for the coming winter by insulating their attic, installing energy efficient windows, and by upgrading their utilities, many homeowners overlook their basement entirely when winterizing.

Creating a Kitchen in the Basement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]