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Finishing Basements to Usable Living Space

Finishing basements is one of the larger home projects on an owner’s list.  However, a finished basement can add usable space, equity, and function.  It is a job that pays off!   So even when you have other projects on your DIY list, an improved basement brings your home to a new level.

The following is a list of 5 reasons to complete your basement…

Too much storage

Unfinished basements collect old things.  Old possessions have a way of accumulating in an unfinished basement.  Boxes of books, unused tools, out of season clothing all can pile up.  Do yourself a favor and have a garage sale, or donate these items and make use of freed up space.

Unwanted Visitors

Basements that have not been finished oftentimes have a good amount of spiders, bugs, and possibly mice.  Not only do these critters have the potential to bring about illness but no one wants to live with them!  A finished basement actually deters them.  Animals and insects like a dark damp environment not a place with activity.

Finishing Basements Increased Home Value

You may live in your home forever.  However, situations change.  You may change jobs or wish to be closer to relatives.  Regardless of the reason, a home with a finished basement increases the value of your home.  Your basement may provide an extra bathroom, a spare bedroom, or a place for home entertainment.  Hence, it may be just what a buyer is looking for in a new home.

A Retreat or Mancave

Everybody needs time to themselves.  You may need time to relax, enjoy a hobby, or watch a show.  No one likes to do this in a concrete damp basement.  A completed basement is enjoyed every season of the year and provides just the relaxation you seek.

Children

Picture an amazing finished basement.  This can also be the place to urge your children to invite their friends over.  Furthermore, nice tv with video games and a game table allows youngsters to have their space as well.  Instead of being away, your children are spending more time at home where you can supervise.

Altogether these 5 reasons are great for considering finishing your basement.  Don’t hesitate to get started.  A professional can help you with the plans and design of an amazing space.

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Basement Remodeling Success

Basement Remodeling: Need more living space but think it is an unreachable luxury?  Let’s reconsider.  Remodeling or finishing a basement space is a great option. You can make effective use of the space you currently have in an economical way.  Maybe a larger home is out of budget but let’s consider making use of space you already have.

Before jumping right into the house renovation bandwagon, there are crucial points that you need to know. Though rewarding and helpful in many ways it can be a disaster as well.  Here are the secrets to success…

Hiring a Contractor

A basement remodel is not your ordinary project.  Some basements were not originally designed to be lived in.  Therefore, building codes need to be considered.  In addition, one must consider structural foundations.  It is in this that you need the expertise of a qualified contractor. If cost is a concern, discuss with the contractor areas of the project you can do yourself.  Your sweat equity in painting walls will certainly pay off.

Have a Plan

To be successful in your renovation have a plan.  You should never be without a design plan strategy when remodeling a basement.  Again, a basement renovation poses different obstacles such as ductwork, and support beams to work around.  In addition, adequate heating and cooling and enough lighting are also key components to a renovation.  Developing a plan will answer these problem areas before interior design begins.  No one wants to have completed this type of investment only to find out it’s too warm or cold to enjoy the space.  Also, the lack of a complete plan often is a budget buster.

Suggestions for Your Space

What you design for your basement space will depend on the needs of your family.  Consider the current and future needs of your family.  Whatever ideas you choose for the space be certain to discuss with your family so you can decide what will be best.  A basement often provides soundproofing since it is underground.  Would this be a great theater room for you?  Maybe you have decided on a home office or just extra living space.  To add property value you may consider adding a kitchenette or an extra bathroom.  Plumbing and electrical are readily available in a cellar space.  There are many possibilities to consider.

Waterproofing

Being prone to water and moisture issues, waterproofing will certainly make sure the family appreciates the project for a long time.   surface in the lengthiest feasible time. When waterproofing, choose options that will last.  It may cost a bit more but your investment here will be worth it.  Never use a temporary repair for a waterproofing problem.  A dry basement is paramount to any remodeling project.

Remember, it is best to hire a contractor to help design and implement a basement renovation.  Always have a plan and be sure it is waterproofed.  These points will ensure you will get your money’s worth and enjoy your project.

Basement Remodel Strategies

Typically basements are the last rooms of a home that people choose to remodel.  There are many considerations when choosing a purpose for your basement space.  Are you hoping to use it for entertainment?  How about a playroom?  Who will be using the room most often?  Perhaps you need storage or workout space.  After determining your answers to these questions you can begin to plan for space.  The fundamental considerations for a Basement Remodel will be flooring and lighting.  Therefore, we will consider those here. Strategies for a game room If a recreation room is in order there are a few pleasant choices to select. There are endless designs that will make a fantastic basement. The floor covering will be a huge one if you are trying to create a specific feel and look for the basement redesign. Maybe a checkered board type looks for the floor.  You may decorate with oversized game pieces on the wall.  How about a tile path laid out that makes a toy car racetrack?  Indoor/ outdoor carpet can give the feel of being on the gridiron.  Options are only left to your imagination. Home Theater If a miniature movie theater is what you are considering then an oversized TV may be your priority.  In addition, you will want to consider a top-quality sound system.  The carpet may be your flooring choice for noise quality in this room.  Similarly, lighting could be a more vital element in your remodeling plans.  The right lighting will make the room more enjoyable when watching a romantic movie or a big game.  No one wants shadows across the TV screen. Fitness area A workout area may be in your design for your basement.  Undoubtedly you will want to have the correct type of flooring to support any machines or weights.  Choose lighting and flooring that creates a motivating environment.  Consequently, it may look like the actual local health club. The considerations for remodeling a basement are unending.  Imagination is endless when considering the options for a basement transformation.  A local home improvement center can help with design and concept.

Concrete WOOD Resurfacing 👷 Step by Step 👷 WATCH as we CREATE Decorative CONCRETE Wood

well this week this week we’re down um a couple horseshoe band in look at the ozarks um got this walkway leads over here to the garage you know it’s uh into the front stoop there i got to take this overlay off it’s broke up pretty good um it’s pretty damaged it almost looks like they put it over a slab of rock or something and it could be a couple of coatings i guess uh of concrete but it’s in pretty bad shape it’s got a lot of uh cracks a lot of damage to the to the slab but uh i just kind of took my hammer and chipped that off and it’s it’s hollow up underneath there in that spot i’m not sure how it looks up in here there’s uh you know a few cracks and some water where they water their plants so if that water’s gotten up underneath it there there’s probably good chance that a lot of this underneath here is kind of hollow so i’m gonna go ahead and start grinding this off and see what we’ve got up underneath it here okay we’re going to pick up where we left off on this job they’ve got this slab right here report and it’s ready for an overlay right now so i’m grinding the rest of it off over here as you can see that’s where i stopped i cut that line across there and reported their concrete and i’ve got to come in here and grind the rest of this concrete overlay off that was on here and i’ve already started that’s what the white is i’m taking that down to the original concrete i’ve got to bring it down there’s about a half inch lip that i’ve got to go ahead and and get you know get down flush maybe a half inch or so and we’ll probably slope it back about a foot and a half so it’s got a nice slope to it yeah other than that this is what we’ve got to start with today we’re gonna hopefully get everything ground down today and come in and do our first base coat tomorrow the finished look is gonna be a wood plank [Music] oh luke i am your father okay it’s day two on this concrete wood project down horseshoe bend and lake of the ozarks this is rick uh we just got the base coat on finished the grinding put the base coat on it looks kind of spotty right now because it’s drying up uh it’s getting kind of warm out here and you know wind’s blowing pretty good but this is a base coat it’s actually going to be darker than this but i didn’t want to go in with a white base coat so i added some color to it but you can see how much it is uh drying right there and that’s where i started it gets a little bit more solid here i’m probably going to wind up going with a second coat and it’ll be darker and you can see where it’s more and more solid as far as a darker color goes because here’s where i stopped but i’ll actually do a shade or maybe three shades darker than that i want it to be pretty dark um because when we put our wood pattern down and pull our tape this is the grout coat that you’re gonna see that’s that’s the color but you know it’s going to be almost black uh real dark you know charcoal so um it always lightens up several shades when it is drying but it always goes back to a darker color so here’s where we’re at right now on stage um got several steps to go but we should be done with this next wednesday or thursday and right now i believe this is may 2nd wednesday so anyways that’s what we got for now [Music] all right we got our second base coat on a little bit darker this time so this is the color that you’re going to see probably actually even darker than this once we put stain on it seal it you know of course that after the wood texture goes on it but this is uh a little bit truer to the color so it just went down still a little wet it will dry light but it’ll go back to this color when it’s done but it’s uh it’s a lot more solid now um starting to dry up here and there so there might be i don’t know if it’s shadows or it’s just drying up in certain areas but there you go second base coat is down okay we now have the fiber tape over our two base coats all the wood planks have been measured out everything’s hand taped four six and eight in the width the length is just kind of random i really don’t want a pattern [Music] i’ll be in monday spray over the top of this with the grout coat color that way we lock that tape down and get it sealed off because tuesday we’re going to be doing the texture wednesday we’re going to be staining and thursday we’re going to lock this thing down seal it up and get home okay we’ve got our tack coat on you can still see the tape ghosting through the tack coat of concrete because it’s just a thin layer [Music] we’ll come back in tomorrow morning with the texture coat [Music] so it almost doesn’t look like the uh almost doesn’t look like there’s anything over because you can still see that tape quite a bit but tomorrow you will not see this tape i’ll bury it tomorrow and then i’ll pull it up probably tomorrow afternoon and then we’ll stain it wednesday okay we have the wood texture coat on here uh we just do this coat in a white because uh tomorrow we’ll come in and pull the tape the pattern tape that’s underneath of it and um you know then you’ll be able to see the texture a lot better and of course the pattern once the tape’s pulled but we do it white because we’re going to color it with a couple of different colors tomorrow so that way we’ve just got a clean slate to begin with [Music] it just works better if it’s done on a white base and i don’t know if you can see this very well or not a lot of shadowing here but it’s really hard to tell what the texture looks like let me get a little closer [Music] it’s kind of so bright out here that it’s kind of bleeping everything out let’s try here [Music] all right so that’s what we have for now okay it’s cleaned up and ready for some color all the tape’s been pulled it’s been cleaned up joint lines open back up it’s been edged up against the driveway everything’s nice and clean there all the nail holes have been drilled so every plank has two nail holes on each side of it four per line that’s where the planks meet and they are staggered um uneven on purpose we want this to look as authentic as possible perfect imperfection if that makes sense so i’m getting ready to come in and just hit those nail holes with some darker color to make them completely black and then we’ll start the coloring which is going to be brown and amber [Music] okay this is before the sealer goes on but the color is all done cleaned up it’s ready to go actually started sealing it up top but i stopped to take this video real quick this is how the color turned out again this is before the sealer i’ll do a final after the sealer’s on [Music] [Music] oh [Music] let me know does that look like wood about as close as i pretty much can get it there’s different looks different colors a little bit different patterns that you could do with it but overall i think mission accomplished [Music] okay this job in four seasons is complete [Music] i think wood is done [Music] got some nice texturing real nice coloring just goes uh perfect with the setting they’ve got here now they have the house decorated [Music] you know the big wood beam pillars and the front door all rock it’s just a real rustic look so let’s just kind of finished it off [Music] this is going to run all the way over here to the front stoop [Music] i mean sorry i didn’t want to do anything with that drain other than just do a picture frame around it i didn’t want to drop any lines in it because it’s such a small area can’t keep our wood look for the most part on the side wall from the twin stoop area that will look really weird i think with a bunch of lines running through it especially with that grate we just got some really nice texturing and coloring here see if i can get a little closer so you guys can see it we have to keep the joint lines open so that’s what that is you can’t fill those in because the concrete wants to expand in the winter months well winter and summer so that concrete has to move so we gotta leave those expansion joints open yeah sun kind of gives you a little bit different perspective it does bring out the color but it also kind of makes it look a little bit different than what it really is too that’s why it looks so different over here more it’s covered up in the shade versus out there right in that bright song so the rest of it does look like this it’s just the sun just kind of blends it together more [Music] let’s look at this texture since we’re in the shade here and the coloring [Music] also drilled in every plank [Music] there’s [Music] okay that’s about it for this one you guys are watching this on youtube please subscribe to my channel and uh like the video if you like it leave me a comment let me know what you think and hit that little bell so you stay subscribed to my videos uh links are below to my facebook page and my website where you can get more information all right see you guys on the next one [Music] you

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