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Finished Basement Ideas to Inspire Your Space

Photo: Edwin Tan / E+ / Getty Images Finishing a basement is one of the most exciting home projects possible. Not only are you increasing the value of your home, but you’re also maximizing the amount of space you can enjoy with loved ones.  Since there are all kinds of approaches you can take to…

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Hiring a Basement Contractor: Finishing, Remodeling & Waterproofing

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Basement professionals run the gamut of home improvement contractors. You can find a company that offers comprehensive finishing services. Or you can find a handful of pros to complete the project piecemeal, starting with a waterproofing company and then plumbing, electrical, and flooring experts. You need…

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How to Get Rid of a Musty Smell in Your Basement + Other Nuisances

Photo: Opat Suvi / Shutterstock If you notice a strong, musty smell whenever you spend time in your basement, you’re probably curious about the most efficient and least expensive solution. Mold and mildew are the common culprits of the unpleasant odor. Naturally, mold spores build up more easily in basements due to their tendency to…

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How to Avoid a Disaster with Basement Insulation

On This Page: Finding an Insulation Expert Ceiling vs. Wall Insulation Patching Insulation Tips Video Basements are notorious for being cold, dank areas that homeowners avoid as much as they possibly can. The heat from your home can quickly escape through the basement and its immediate connection to the ground. This connection leads not only…

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Best Flooring for Basements

Best Use with Caution Avoid Porcelain Tile Laminate & Engineered Woods Carpet Polished Concrete Tile: Vinyl, Ceramic & Stone Hardwood Luxury Vinyl Plank Lay Flat Vinyl Peel & Stick Vinyl Plank or Tiles   Bamboo Glue Down Vinyl Sheets Basements, those below grade spaces filled with must and humidity, require special care for remodeling, especially…

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Singing A Cappella at Home

A cappella is unique in music because it doesn’t use any instruments; it relies entirely on the human voice. Every sound, from background chords usually played on a guitar or piano to percussion sounds, like that of a drum, must be created using nothing more than the mouth and vocal cords. What Is A Cappella?…

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Extraordinary Man Cave Renovations

Whether you live with family, roommates or by yourself, there are always distractions. It helps to have a separate space to escape to. A place where you can zero out the noise of the day and focus on a creative project, relax and unwind, or cultivate a hobby: a “man cave.” Here are a few…

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Create an Affordable DIY Home Theater

You’ve got that unused space in the basement that’s become a storage area. Why not use it for something that will bring happiness to everyone in your home by converting it into a home theater? If the potential cost of a home theater has you thinking it’s not possible, take note: Home theater components are…

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How to Choose the Right Sump Pump to Minimize Your Flood Risk

Part of being a homeowner is making sure that it remains safe, even in adverse weather. But what happens when you discover that your home or basement is a flood risk? In that case, you need to take the right precautions. That includes action to improve basement waterproofing, such as removing mold and fixing causes…

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Why So Many Millennial Homeowners Are Remodeling Their Basements

Millennials are just starting to break into home ownership, but affordability is still a challenge. While dreams of owning their own home may have come true, many millennial homeowners may not have been able to put an offer on their dream home – and had to settle for an older home with some differed maintenance,…

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