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Ideas for Your Basement - Explore the Possibilities!

Finishing your basement and turning it into a livable space not only gives you another room to utilize, but also adds value to your home. Finishing your basement, no matter how you choose to use it, creates a big return on your investment when it comes time to sell your home. Here are some creative ideas for converting your basement into a livable space: Recreational Room Probably the most popular use for a finished basement is turning it into a recreational room. This extra space could be a playroom for kids, an adults-only escape, a man cave, or even a home theater. The basement is a great place to put a big television, pool table, or maybe even a bar. Fill the room with big couches for plenty of seating area. When choosing your flooring, look for practical choices that are easy to clean. Consider concrete flooring, with throw rugs where you want something a bit plusher. Home Office The basement is a great place for your home office. With a home office, you can make use of both a large or small space. ...


DIY Home Improvement Ideas

Do-it-yourself decorating is the best way to get the most out of your home-improvement budget. Instead of spending big bucks, use time, energy and your imagination to give your home an inexpensive makeover. You don’t even need to be handy with tools in order to get the results you want. Don’t be shy. Get free advice and ask questions at hardware stores, fabric shops and the local lumber company—they are more than willing to help you if you just ask. All you need is confidence in your abilities, an active imagination and the willingness to get the job done. So let’s get started. Cute End Tables Wooden crates make inexpensive end tables. Paint four wooden crates and decorate the sides with stencils or paint your own designs freestyle. Stack them together in whatever fashion suits your purposes and you have end tables with added storage space. You can find wooden crates in the dumpsters behind grocery stores or at flea and farmers markets. DIY Room Dividers If your home is wide o...


Things to Consider When Replacing Your Windows

Updating your windows can be done for a variety of different reasons. Maybe your windows are not properly blocking the weather and keeping your heat and cooling inside, or perhaps you just want to update the look of your home. Replacing your windows has many benefits. It can increase the energy efficiency of your home, and also the value of your home. However, to save time and money, there are some things you need to know before you begin. Energy Star Rated Products First and foremost, when you are looking for your new windows and insulation products, you will want to look for Energy Star rated products. These products guarantee more energy-efficient products that will save you money and help prevent energy loss. Not only that, but some Energy Star products can qualify you for a tax credit, so keep all of your receipts. Figure Out How Much Needs to Be Replaced One big decision that you have to make when redoing your windows is whether or not the entire window unit needs to be replaced. If the framing ar...


Use Caution With Electrical DIY Projects

Everyone likes to save money by performing do it yourself projects. Hiring an electrician to come and do a task for you can be very costly, so a lot of people attempt to do their own electrical work. Any major wiring projects should always be done by a professional, but there are a few minor projects you could do yourself. Even though they’re minor tasks, there’s still danger of electrical shock involved with them. While getting shocked is a prime concern with electrical projects, an electrical fire can also be involved if you don’t take special precautions to protect yourself and your home. Here are some tips on how to stay safe the next time you work around wiring: • Always make sure that you cut off the power to the area you’ll be working on. Don’t rely on just the power switch being off. Go to your fuse box and either remove the appropriate fuse or flip the right switch to cut the power off completely. • Alert anyone in the house what youâ€...


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