Georgia Contest Winner Gets Basement Makeover

Each spring we hold a contest called, “Win Danny and his Crew,” which lets us meet some great homeowners and help them improve their homes.
This year’s winner is no exception. Martine Swain owns a townhouse in Marietta, Georgia, which she shares with Kent Caseman and her son, Justin. Martine sent us a video to help plan a basement makeover.


The Projects

Waterproof two block walls

Our crew includes our handyman, Bear; John, a great drywall finisher; and Gary, a painter. In no time they have the space cleared and begin applying masonry waterproofer.
It dries fast, so we’ll be able to install the drywall the next day.

Install Drywall

After waterproofing, we add pressure-treated 1-by-4’s and secure foam layers between them for some insulation and to protect against moisture.
The purple drywall we use looks different because it is. Purple XP is a high-performance drywall made by National Gypsum. In addition to the advantages of traditional moisture-resistant drywall, it offers mold and mildew resistance, and it’s naturally fire resistant and it’s Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified. So, it’s ideal for this basement.

Build Shelving Unit

Martine’s storage bins are all stacked on top of each other, and that’s not efficient because she has to move other bins around just to get to the one that she needs. So, we’re building a shelving unit to store each bin.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 18th, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Hi, Anne,
    Thanks for watching the show! Here are some tips to repair cracks in that concrete floor:
    Good luck!

  • Anne Brown Says:
    June 16th, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I love your show. You are so helpful to so many, in many different ways. My husband loves a project and can fix many things around our home but there is one project we could certainly use some tips and advice: We have a lovely screen porch (23X12) with a concrete floor. It was built with a center drain. There are now 5 long cracks in the concrete which radiate out from the center drain, like star points radiating out. Though we have an outdoor rug on the screen porch we’d like to fixe the cracks properly without ugly looking “seams” of new concrete repair. Any tips are very much appreciated!!
    Ivan and Anne Brown
    Rockford, IL

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Georgia Contest Winner Gets Basement Makeover