Knowing the basics about basement building codes will help not only the do-it-yourselfers, but those of you who are going to be working with a home improvement contractor and want to make sure they follow best practices and adhere to local and state building codes. Here are some industry standards to keep in mind as you (or your contractor) remodel your basement.
The difference between an unfinished and finished basement can be the difference between a dungeon where no one dares tread and a palace! We know it’s not always this black and white, and not every unfinished basement is unbearable, but by remodeling your basement, you can create a designer space you've always dreamed of having and never want to leave! Here are several excellent reasons to finish your basement.
With all the rain coming down in Ames, Iowa, are you struggling to keep water out of your home? There are many ways moisture can enter your home, from a burst pipe to a leaking roof. One thing is for sure—a large amount of unwanted water in your home can end in a large amount of damage, not to mention the potential health risks involved. Here are a few tips to help you prevent water damage in your home this spring and summer.
In Iowa, many homes are constructed with unfinished basements, offering homeowners immense home improvement potential! By finishing your basement, you basically create an addition without the cost and hassle that comes with expanding your home’s footprint or building an additional story. Here are our top 10 tips for turning your dark, forbidding basement into a functional and comfortable space that your family will love spending time in.
Are you thinking about remodeling your basement? Picking out the perfect flooring can be tricky! Fortunately, you can install virtually any type of flooring in your basement, depending on your basement's air quality and moisture content.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for homeowners to find water in their basement at one time or another. Moisture can develop if your indoor air is too humid or if your basement temperature is cooler than the upstairs. Water can also seep in during rainstorms in the summer or when snow melts in the winter and spring. It can enter through cracks in walls, windows, and even from below the floor in the basement.
There are many ways to remodel your basement, and much of it depends on your personal preferences and needs. You may look at the list below and think you want every single one of these rooms in your new basement. In reality, you need to take a look at your budget and plan accordingly. Decide what your priorities are, what would be most useful for your family, and what you can afford. Plan correctly, and you could have an amazing new basement that all your friends will envy.
Is your basement currently full of storage boxes and unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings? Is it an eyesore rather than a spot in the house where people can comfortably congregate? That remodeling project you’ve been planning to finish for years keeps getting pushed off until later. Well, here are some tips to get you moving onto the first stage of the journey to turning your unattractive, dark, cold basement into an inviting living space.
Have you experienced the heartache of having to deal with water in your basement due to rain showers or burst water pipes? It can be a stressful and even dangerous situation to be in. If your basement has flooded, there are a number of things to consider before entering the area or dealing with the problem on your own. There are many potential hazards that you need to be aware of to assure the safety of you and your family.
As the snow melts and the rains begin, many Iowans find themselves battling water in their basements. In fact, the American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that basement moisture is a problem for 60% of homeowners. A wet basement can lead to a host of other problems, including rot, mold, damage to flooring, furniture, and other items in the basement, and attraction of pests such as termites and carpenter ants. Consequently, the least costly way to deal with basement moisture is to do it promptly and thoroughly.