Five Smart Ideas to Steal from this Basement    It's so cheery and welcoming, you hardly know you're on the bottom floor.     1. Dress up the walls.  
Tall wainscot gives the space a homey vibe while saving the drywall from dings 
and dents.    2. Be smart about storage.  Built-ins near a walk-out entry have room for coats and boots. Positioned to hug the stairway, they save space.    3. Layer on lighting.  Traditional wall sconces add charm in a basement, where can lights usually prevail…

Five Smart Ideas to Steal from this Basement It's so cheery and welcoming, you hardly know you're on the bottom floor. 1. Dress up the walls. Tall wainscot gives the space a homey vibe while saving the drywall from dings and dents. 2. Be smart about storage. Built-ins near a walk-out entry have room for coats and boots. Positioned to hug the stairway, they save space. 3. Layer on lighting. Traditional wall sconces add charm in a basement, where can lights usually prevail…

My basement renovation was done a couple of months ago and slowly but… :: Hometalk

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Adding a bathroom to your basement? Follow our guidelines to make it functional and eye-catching. | Photo: John Granen | thisoldhouse.com

Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

Adding a bathroom to your basement? Follow our guidelines to make it functional and eye-catching. | Photo: John Granen | thisoldhouse.com

Even if it's currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential

Secrets to Success for Building Basement Walls  Fix moisture problems first, then follow our pro tips on methods and materials.     Banish mold—ban standard drywall  It just doesn't belong below grade; mold can grow on the paper coating, and the gypsum core can crumble. Try USG's Sheetrock Brand Mold Tough Gypsum Panels or Georgia-Pacific's nonpaper-faced DensArmor Plus High-Performance Interior Panels. Both got the highest scores on a standard lab test for mold resistance.

Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

Secrets to Success for Building Basement Walls Fix moisture problems first, then follow our pro tips on methods and materials. Banish mold—ban standard drywall It just doesn't belong below grade; mold can grow on the paper coating, and the gypsum core can crumble. Try USG's Sheetrock Brand Mold Tough Gypsum Panels or Georgia-Pacific's nonpaper-faced DensArmor Plus High-Performance Interior Panels. Both got the highest scores on a standard lab test for mold resistance.

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