Basement Remodeling

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Should You Insulate a Basement Ceiling?

Good insulation makes home heating and cooling cheaper.

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How to Build and Install a Crawl Space Access Door

You need efficient access to utility controls.

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Bringing Light into Basements

Illuminate an underused area.

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Egress Windows: Building Codes and Other Considerations

Read this article to learn about egress windows and their associated building code requirements.

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Basement Decorating Budget Tips

Is your basement bare? Give it some flair - without breaking the bank.

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Turn Your Basement Into a Guest Bedroom: Getting Started

Convert your basement into an inviting space for guests.

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2 Common Problems With Using a Concrete Grinder on an Old Basement Floor

Read this article to understand the two most common problems with concrete grinders.

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How to Add Subflooring to Your Basement

Finish your basement affordably.

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How to Turn Your Basement Into a Guest Bedroom Part 2

Follow these steps to turn your basement into well furnished guest bedroom.

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How to Convert Your Basement into an Apartment (Legally)

Use it for kids, in-laws, or extra income.

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Planning a Basement Staircase Build

Start with a solid plan.

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Finishing a Basement: Planning a Basement Gym

Plan your home gym ahead to avoid eventual disappointments.

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9 Basement Bar Accessories to Consider

Cheers to a well-stocked and decorative bar.

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What Is the Best Carpet for Basement Living Spaces?

You will want the best carpet for basement floors.

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Tips for Painting Your Concrete Basement Walls

A good coat will help stave off water damage.

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5 Ways to Update Your Basement Ceiling

Don't overlook the surface over you.

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Prepping Basement: Moisture Prevention

An expert answers a reader question about vinyl floor tile.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Basement Subfloor

Avoid these mistakes when installing a basement subfloor.

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How to Repair a Basement Subfloor

Follow these steps to repair your basement subfloor.

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How to Add Drywall to the Bare Concrete Walls of a Basement

How to install drywall over bare concrete.

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How to Frame Walls for Basement Insulation

Steps to build a frame for your basement insulation.

crawl Adding a wall for your crawl space can be done relatively easily. All you need are the right materials, a little know-how, and the ambition to get the job done. Adding a wall to a crawl space will create a separate crawl space area or enclose your existing area.
Step 1 - Measure the Area
Use your tape measure to get the dimensions of the crawl space. Measure both the height and width to determine the size of the wall you are going to build. Write the dimensions down to take with you to the store.
Step 2 - Purchase the Needed Lumber
Using the dimensions you have recorded, you need to purchase enough 2x4-inch boards to complete the project. Lumber can be purchased from your local lumber yard or at many home improvement stores. 
Kiln-dried or air-dried lumber shrinks the least over time. It is more stable than other lumber, thus making it the best choice for building walls. Each stick of dimensional lumber will be labeled. Look for KD or AD and get grade 2 or better to ensure quality. You will need two horizontal pieces, one piece for each end, and one-piece every 14-inches to place as a stud for support.
Step 3 - Grab the Saw and Get Cutting
Be sure to follow proper safety guidelines when using your saw. It is especially important to wear safety eyewear when working with power tools. Measure the 2x4-inch boards accurately and cut them carefully. The wall studs need to be the same length as the end beams.
Step 4 - Begin Putting it All Together
If you are creating a long wall, map out your beams first. Lay the top and sole plates. Measure and mark every 14-inches to ensure proper placement of the studs. Now that you have the location of the studs marked, place the lumber. With your makeshift wall built, it is time to begin nailing. The easiest way to do so is to nail the four pieces of the frame together first. Then move on to the inner studs. Attach the lumber with the finishing nails, a hammer, and your own strength.
Step 5 - Position the Wall and Secure it
Now that your wall has been built, it is time to put it into its new home. Lift it from its side into a standing position. Carefully maneuver it into its final resting place. Using a level, ensure your wall is perfectly vertical. If you find any spots where the top plate is not snug against the ceiling, slip thin wood shims under the soleplate to slightly raise it. Once you are happy with the way the wall is sitting, load up the nail gun and secure the soleplate. Drive one 10d nail into each stud bay. Place nails every 12 or 16-inches along the length of the end studs. Finally, secure the top plate and you have successfully framed your crawlspace.space
How to Frame a Crawl Space Wall

It's just a mini version of any other wall.

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Why You Should Seal Your Rim Joists

Protect from moisture, insects, and other damage.

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How to Install Basement Window Bars

Follow these steps to install bars in your basement windows.

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Which Basement Flooring Options Are Most Durable?

Various flooring options are available for your basement.

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2 Ways to Finish Concrete Basement Floors

Advice on finishing your concrete basement floors.

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Building a Rustic Style Wine Bar

Like the vino? Enhance your home with a rustic style wine bar.

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7 Moisture Control Tips for Basement Storage

Follow these tips to control moisture in your basement storage area.

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7 Tips to Help When Planning to Add a Bathroom in a Basement

Take this advice when designing your basement bathroom.

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Advice on Planning Fire Egress Exits in the Office

Follow this advice when planning fire egresses in your office building.

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How to Frame a Furnace Duct Part 2

Follow these steps to frame a furnace duct when installing drywall.

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How to Frame a Furnace Duct Part 1

Follow these 4 easy steps to build a frame around your furnace duct.

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Different Types of Crawlspace Ventilation

Keep the air flowing, even in spaces you don't use.

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How to Tile a Basement Floor

Tlle a cold, unattractive concrete basement floor,

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Ensuring the Security of Your Basement Window

Tips to secure your basement windows against burglars.

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Basement Bar Ideas: 3 Popular Themes

3 popular design themes for your basement bar.

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7 Organizational Tips for Basement Storage

Use these tips to organize your basement storage.

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Designing a Basement Egress

Understanding the basics of adding a basement egress window.

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Top 6 Floor Plans for Basement Living Spaces

Understand the flooring options for your finished basement.

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Ceramic Tile vs Carpet for Basement Floors

They're two of the more popular options.

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Advice on Choosing the Best Flooring for Basement Laundry Rooms

Consider these three options for flooring your basement.

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Quick Advice on Finishing a Basement Ceiling

Good advice when you are finishing your basement ceiling.

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5 Different Basement Floor Plans

Consider these floor plans for your finished basement.