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Basement Design Ideas

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

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

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

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 […]

Affordable Decorating: Ideas for Your Basement to Your Bedroom

July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione Everyone’s feeling the strain in these stressful economic times, especially homeowners looking to do some affordable decorating or any home renovations. When your budget is tight, decorating may be the last thing on your mind. But there are ways to remodel and redesign areas of your home while not wasting all of […]

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

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 […]

From Basement to Bedroom: Building a Guest Room in time for the Holidays!

July 26th, 2011

Washington Home and Garden Magazine reminds us that it is time to get ready for the holidays and to host the people we love by providing them with comfortable, cozy guest rooms. The article has excellent tips on how to make sure your guests have the best time possible. Creating a guest room or in-law […]

Remodeling to Sell: Not every improvement pays off

July 26th, 2011

The recent housing crisis flooded the real estate market with  properties. Sellers today are competing with builders desperate to get rid of newly built homes and banks willing to sell foreclosed properties at much less than they are worth as a way to cut their losses. To make matters worse, a slow economy is causing people to postpone bigger […]

Remodeling Contractors: Check those references!

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, […]

Tainted Drywall Warning

July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione For the past couple of months, news outlets have been buzzing with stories of homeowners in southern states including Florida, Louisiana and Alabama that are feeling the negative effects of tainted drywall in their homes. After tremendous flooding from hurricanes in 2005 and 2006 made the need for drywall in the south […]