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There a several good options available to those wanting to add space to their existing home.  But which is the most cost efficient?  Here we take a look at some of the more popular ways to add living space and discuss the relative costs of each. The most cost effective way to add space to [...]

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An affordable basement finish can be a great way to add square footage to a home.  Whether you are building a new home, or just wanting to add more living space to the existing place, completing a lower level build-out can be accomplished without a huge budget.  In fact, a quality space can be had [...]

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A reader recently had her interior drain tile in the basement repaired and is still seeing signs of moisture.  Here are her comments and question along with our response. Reader Drain Tile Issue:  “I had drain tile replaced (interior method) and a couple months later, all the new cement, which was placed after the drain [...]

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As a builder I’m frequently asked, What is the best way to prevent basement leaks?  It’s a great question when you consider the damage, cost, and hassles lower level water intrusion can create.  If you’re going to put time, effort and money into finishing our basement, shouldn’t you take all necessary steps to keep the [...]

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Hopefully you have your project plans finalized and are ready to go.  Whether you are finishing your basement or building a custom home, your drywall cost is about to go up.  Manufacturers have announced that drywall board is going up thirty percent around New Years.  So how does that affect your project and what can [...]

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Reader Question We recently had a reader ask for some help choosing basement insulation for their new project.  They will be finishing off the space in the near future themselves so they are looking for the best solution to cover the walls in the meantime.  We thought we would share our recommendations with you in [...]

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If you are thinking of finishing your basement, you may have a desire to move a basement column that’s in the way.  Maybe it’s encroaching on your pool table or in the middle of your future theater room.  Can you move a basement column?  Is there an easy way to tell if an existing column [...]

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One of my friends recently asked if I had any recommendations for soundproofing a new basement office project.  He has a dog that likes to run and play with the kids.  The resulting noise has a tendency to echo through the house which is not so good for phone conversations with potential clients.  So what [...]

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As a builder, people are always asking me…what’s the best way to guarantee a dry basement?  Sure, you can start with a very good waterproofing on the exterior of the basement wall.  But what about the foundation drainage system?  How can I be sure that it will work during those heavy rain storms?  What can [...]

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January is National Radon Gas Action Month so it would be appropriate for us to talk about how it can affect you and your family.  You can’t feel, see, or smell it.  Silent but deadly, radon gas is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  It comes from [...]

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