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More stories about Basement

  • Letters

    Safe installation of basement water heaters; galvanized pipe for gas; painting old porch floors

  • Boosting Revenue With Change Orders

    Clearly, change orders are a vital piece of our business model, and they don’t just happen by accident. We lay the groundwork for changes by keeping clients happy and informed throughout the job process. Dissatisfied customers, we know, are unlikely to authorize additional work.

  • Building a Cantilevered Stair

    A hidden steel frame allows these wooden stairs to defy gravity.

  • Letters

    Missing lintel; residential sprinklers; solar on site; epoxy warning; scraper problem; more

  • Working with Paperless Drywall

    My clients are concerned about mold, and want the walls and ceilings of their remodeled basement to be covered with paperless drywall instead of regular gypsum board. Are there any tricks to installing and finishing this material, or is it treated just like standard drywall?

  • Fire-Blocking Basics

    Understanding the code's intent is the first step toward efficient installation.

  • 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.