Web Marketing Consultant specialized in Basement Waterproofing and Finishing, Crawl Space Repair. Interested in Home Improvement and Remodeling, Interior Design, DIY Projects, Green Building and Remodeling, Energy Efficiency. I am a compulsive remodeler, and today I did not demolish anything… yet.
Involve the kid-yep-and be prepared. I am reminded of a cousin of mine, who, as a teen, was allowed free rein in decorating her own room-including being allowed to paint/draw, etc. on the walls. She was a budding artist, and went through a phase of drawing fashion designs, including an over-sized leg with fishnet stocking on one wall….LOL I was not allowed to touch anything like that as a kid..painting/decorating was ‘the grownup’s job,’ and I was rather jealous of my cousin.
Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms aboveground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s our bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you’ll be eager to spend time in.
Andrea: It is very difficult to judge drafts in a new home without doing a blower test. If your problems are bad enough, I would suggest having one done to find the cause of the problem. Just because your windows are new does not mean they are the most efficient when it comes to air infiltration. Builders often use, unfortunately, lesser quality windows in new homes. I fought that battle for many years as I had to justify why the brands I sold were better, and thus more expensive. Good luck in all you do! Thanks for dropping by!
I am in the middle of remodeling the basement in our new home. While I have purchased about a half a dozen books on the subject, this is without a doubt the best. The author covers every angle of remodeling from planning to painting and the color photographs are wonderful! Just one word of caution, the book seems geared more for those with newer homes. If your basement is really old, or a total disaster, I would recommend looking elsewhere for advice. For newer homes, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Best of luck with your project!