Basement Remodeling
  • Structural Remodeling

    It's time to grab a hammer and start pounding on something! That's the fun part of finishing your basement. Of course, you'll probably want to first determine what needs pounding. In this section you'll learn how to pound away to install a new subfloor, stairs, walls, doors, windows, and other structural components of your basement. Fortunately, the plans you made in Basement Space will show you where everything goes. And this section will show you how. So strap on your tool belt (optional) and let's go find something to pound!

  • Basement Plumbing

    To make your basement livable you’ll want plumbing. A bathroom needs hot and cold running water, a toilet, and maybe a bath tub or shower. A kitchen requires water for preparing food. Plumbing is the system of pipes and fixtures that handle the water in your home. Your house already has a plumbing system so it may be easy to tie the new system into the old. But how? With what? And what about comfort systems like heating and air conditioning. These are the topics of this section. In it you’ll learn how to plan and install plumbing and comfort systems in your new basement.

  • Basement Wiring

    Your new basement is shaping up. The walls are framed, the plumbing is roughed in and you’re probably anxious to close up the walls and move in. Hold it! You’ll need electricity to power life in the basement. This section covers planning and installing electrical wiring and lighting in your basement. It also describes how to install phone, cable, network, intercom, and other wiring systems before the walls are closed up. And it will help you decide whether you do the work yourself or hire it done. So let’s get started.

  • Basement Ceilings

    You’ve installed all the wiring and plumbing in the walls and ceiling. And your handywork has passed inspection. Great! What’s next? Your basement will start looking more like a residence now as you “close up” or install ceiling, wall, and flooring. This section covers the first step, finishing ceilings. (Most builders and remodelers start at the top of the room and work down, depending on the type of ceiling to be installed.)

  • Basement Walls

    It’s amazing how quickly an open space can begin looking like a room once the walls are installed and finished. It’s like magic. This section shows you how to close in or finish walls after the wiring and plumbing are installed. It will also guide you in selecting and installing insulation to cut energy costs. First, take a moment to congratulate yourself on the progress you’ve made toward finishing your basement. Okay, now get back to work!

  • Basement Floors

    By now you basement is beginning to look livable. It plumbed and wired and enclosed. Now comes the flooring. This section shows you how to install your own flooring—or hire the right person to do the work. It covers hardwood, laminate wood, sheet and square vinyl tile, and carpet. It even shows you how to paint a concrete basement floor. Finally, you’ll learn how to finish and maintain your basement’s new floor.


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