In this poor housing market, Quonset huts are popular with new homeowners as well as with retirees looking for an affordable way to move to a warmer climate. A quonset hut is a type of arch-style, semicylindrical steel building that was used in World War II for equipment storage. Since then, Quonset huts have been used for inexpensive equipment storage in commercial and agricultural settings. In today’s housing market, Quonset-hut homes are a popular option, mainly because they’re less expensive to build or buy than other types of homes and can be built in less time.
Partitioning your basement into separate rooms transforms it from a storage and utility area to an inviting, warm living space. Framing the basement walls and ceilings makes a tremendous difference in the basement’s appeal. Installing interior walls in a large basement helps to hide expanses of empty space, instantly providing a feeling of coziness. Rooms that can be used for a media room, home office or bedroom will result in extra square footage, increasing the value of the home.
I spruced up my bathroom several years ago. The shower had a door. I removed the door and frame (they’re too hard to keep clean). In so doing I damaged a few of the tiles. I had a friend install new green board where the shower head is. I didn’t need to replace all the tiles, so I only did the bottom third all the way around. I chose a decorative tile as a separation between the existing beige tile and picked up some hunter green tiles for the lower third of the shower stall. My friend showed me how to lay the tiles, so I was able to do it myself.
Acidic based stains have become a popular floor treatment throughout the decorative concrete industry due to their versatility, ascetics and cost. These stains are comprised of acid, water and metallic salts and come in a range of natural colors, which can be reduced and mixed to create works of art. The downside of these surfaces is that they need to be properly protected or maintained from abrasion, preventing premature failure.
Moisture is a big concern in basement remodeling. Any chronic leaks , condensation, or flooding must be fixed before you convert the space into a living area. Remedial measures cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, effectively reducing your return on investment. But if you cut those corners, you’ll pay big time in musty smells, creeping mold , and soggy carpet.