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More stories about Basement

  • Are Windows Required in Basements?

    Q: We’d like to start building basements with precast concrete panels, but we’ve been running into resistance from local code officials. Are basement windows required when a house is built with a full foundation?

  • Kitchen & Bath

    Kids’ activity center; faucet for vessel sinks; in-line bathroom fan; more

  • Letters

    Framing tip; trigger-happy carpenters; defense of recessed lights; broken compact fluorescents; more

  • Adding Under

    With nowhere to go but down, this basement addition carves out extra living space from within the home’s existing footprint.

  • Products

    Basement finishing; flashing

  • Save Time With a Lead Sheet

    The first estimate my company ever produced was for a basement remodel. I spent an hour driving back and forth to the prospective client's house, two hours talking to her, and then several more hours doing a detailed estimate.

  • Laying a Flagstone Terrace

    For a smooth surface, cut the stones to fit and float them into place.

  • Plumbing and Straightening Walls

    This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that follow.

  • Stopping Condensation Behind Knee Walls

    Q: A house we built about eight years ago here in Tennessee has ductwork running through the space behind the upstairs knee walls. The exterior side of the framing has been developing condensation, but only in extremely cold weather. There are no vents in

  • Letters

    Crawlspace Mold ~ Drainage vs. Drying