Basement

Adding a Basement Window

Since basements are partially or completely underground, they often have inadequate windows. Adding more or larger windows to a basement can make it feel less claustrophobic and provide a welcome source of natural light. Watch this video to find out more.

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Dealing with Basement Stairs

When finishing a basement, be sure the stairs leading to it from the main floor meet building codes and do not pose a safety hazard. Possible areas of concern include the width of the stairs, the height to width ratio of the treads, and clearance at the bottom of the stairs.

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Basement Design and Finishing Tips

Finishing a basement can pose unique design challenges, but if done right, a remodeled basement will enhance the value of a home and provide much needed additional space. Watch this video for some ideas on to find out how to go about finishing a basement in your home.

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Ceiling

How to Soundproof a Basement Ceiling

Steve asks, “I’m going to finish a portion of the basement for my 12-year-old daughter to have a place to ‘hang out.’ Is there something I can do to help reduce noise?”

Start by insulating the space between the basement ceiling joists with sound dampening insulation.

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Attic and Basement FAQ

Attics, basements, and crawlspaces are the least frequented areas of a home, which is one of the reasons they often cause the most problems. A regular inspection can catch potential problems—like leaks, condensation, termite activity, or the growth of mold—before they become a major headache. Read this article to find out more.

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Basement Laundry Room Plumbing

Casey asks, “We would like to move the laundry room to the basement. How should we do this?”

You would need to install what is known as a grinder pump or lift station to pump the drain water from the washer up to the level of your drain pipe so it can be fed into your septic tank.

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Basement Stair Shelves

If you’re looking for ways to gain extra storage space, a basement staircase leading up to a first floor is an ideal spot for shelves made from 2x4s. Watch this video to find out how.

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