Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

This article contains some real how to information! not just a bunch of text to get you to click on links. I will give you some real practical advice on how to clean up and repair water damage whether it be from a flood, plumbing leak, or roof leak. First off you need to stop the water! If it is a leak in your plumbing you will probably have to shut the water main off at the street (or pressure tank if you are on a well). If the water is coming from roof damage a tarp will normally work for a quick fix. If it’s from a flood you will need sandbags to try to divert the water away from the house. This will only work for small flooding areas. In a big flood you will just have to wait it out.

Do you know how many cans it can take to fill a window, so the neighbor next door can’t see in? According to my sister, it took thirty-three cans to fill her kitchen window halfway up. She said the added advantage was that when the noisy neighbor looked out her window to snoop, she was blinded by the array of shiny aluminum. Designers recommend lots of perimeter lighting as well, including sconces, recessed spotlights, and fluorescent tubes or LED wall washers hidden behind coves. By lighting the walls, you can simulate natural ambient light and make the space seem bigger.

This is a must when purchasing new or replacement windows since the energy savings far outweigh the initial cost. Typically, you should expect to pay between 10-25% depending on the product being used. For example, taking our standard 36 x 60 window with a hypothetical price of $125.00, the Lo-E up charge should be between $12.50-$31.25. Make your basement finishing work for you. Work from home and save gas and make your life more flexible.

We took out the old bathroom built new stairs where the bathroom had been. There was a bedroom behind the stairs so we split the bedroom in half. We added a laundry room on one side and a bathroom on the other side. I have a quonset hut in Cincinnati on 1.4 acres a hillside overlooking a creek-beautiful setting if anyone is interested, I might be selling.

Consider applying under floors. If you are able to apply foam insulation in the basement under the first story floor, you can save energy and increase comfort in one stroke. I’d never heard of them before but as one who rails against the mass-produced garbage that threatens out world, I am into ANYTHING that is salvageable. The challenge of making one of these into a home is appealing. Loved this lens. The wall color in this bathroom was good enough for this makeover because it matched the color we chose for the vanity.

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