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March 23, 2017

Plans and Ideas for your Basement

Why not take advantage of  the usable space in your basement. Create a finished basement your family can enjoy and increasing the value of your home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

There are unlimited uses for a basement.  With the proper planning and design you can create a basement that is more fantastic than you ever dreamed.  Of course there are the costs of a basement remodel which can sometimes deter people from finishing their basement.  This is where many people decide on the do it yourself (DIY) method to save some money.  As long as you have a clear set budget of what you can afford then you have a good starting place for hiring a professional contractor.  Most basement contractors will give free estimates and will usually offer advice on what will work for your space.  This is always a good place to start gathering information and details on how the space will be put together and give you good ideas on what you may want to include in your basement. The best place to start is with the book Basement Ideas. It will help you with all aspects of your basement remodeling project.

     Wine bar                              Basement with wine bar

The first question to ask yourself is who the space is for.  Is it for a kid’s playroom? An entertainment area for the parents? An in-law suite? or add a basement bathroom  Figure out who the space is for and from there you can start to figure out the layout and how the rooms will flow together. Most basements are cut up and have mechanical’s and  things you will have to move or design around.  Your basement contractor can help with this or you can always hire a basement design expert if you really need help.

Below is a list of basement ideas that you check and see which of them you would like to have when you finish your basement.

                                                       

Home Office, Closets & storage, Sauna, Bedroom, Children’s play area  ,Bathroom, Exercise room, Home Theater  , Hobby area, Workshop, Laundry room, Wine storage, Wet Bar, Pool room, In-Law suite

This is just a fraction of the many ideas for your basement plans.

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April 1, 2012

Basement remodeling ideas

We just did this basement remodeling  job a few months ago and Ive just now had time to start posting again. Ive been experimenting with using google picasa to show off all my photos to friends and clients. Check it out and see what you think. Just click the link below.

Advanced Renovations Basement Photos

click the Advanced Renovations link above this photo for full size images

December 2, 2009

Basements and the hidden danger of Radon

Filed under: Basement — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David @ 3:23 pm
 

  

 

Basements and the hidden danger of Radon   

More and more people are turning towards finished basements especially now with the slow housing market. It’s a very cost effective way to take advantage of the extra space in your home. However there are some precautions you need to take when finishing a basement. Number one is Check for RADON. You cannot see, smell or taste it, but it could be lurking in your home.Most people don’t think at all about the danger of radon in their home. Radon is a radioactive cancer-causing gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If your home has high radon levels, you’re at risk for developing lung cancer. There are scientific studies of radon exposure that indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. Do you really want to expose your family or your children to this toxic hazard? You shouldn’t, it’s not worth the risk.    

Testing is the only real way to know if your home has a radon problem. There are many different test kits that can be purchased online. If your homes radon levels are high there are many ways that you can fix it yourself fairly inexpensively. Here are some of the recommended test kits:    

First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit
 by First Alert 

Professional Radon Gas Dual Canister Test Kit
by Accustar Lab
   

You can also purchase a radon gas detector
Safety Siren Pro Series 3 Radon Gas Detector # HS71512
by Pro Series
   

RADON CAN GET IN THROUGH:
 Cracks in concrete floors
Crawl spaces cracks in walls
 Sumpump opening  gaps around service pipes
 Cavities inside walls
Even the water supply
   

Radon is a national and global problem. The EPA estimates it in millions of home nationwide. Elevated radon level have been discovered in every state in the US. Check your state and see the results.
 

For more information visit the EPA or the following links 

 

EPA Radon Publications for Homeowners: 

Consumers guide to radon

A citizens guide to radon 

Health Risks  

Is radon where you live  

 Source: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/ 

 

 

 

July 1, 2008

Do you have rough plumbing for a bath in your basement? If not we have an easy fix

Many people want to have basement remodeling done to add extra living space. Do you want a bathroom in your basement?  Many times what they find out is that the house they live in the basement was never roughed in for a bathroom.  Normally you would have to have your basement contractor or plumber jackhammer or saw cut the concrete floor to run the new sewer lines into the existing system and then put the concrete back.  Doing that is not only costly but its also very messy.  There are new systems that can save you money and spare you from the dirty work of tearing up the concrete.  The Saniflo Saniplus can be built into a wall cavity in the basement concealed behind the framing system.  The Saniplus is a system that is used to install a complete bathroom in a basement up to 9 feet below the sewer line, or even up to 100 feet away from a soil stack without breaking up the concrete. You can have a toilet, vanity, and shower unit all hooked up to this unit.

The Saniplus includes the macerating unit toilet tank and bowl but no seat.Since the reservoir, the macerating pump and the pipes are hidden from view, this type of installation gives you the lean and clean look of a European bathroom or powder room. The toilet uses only 6 liters (1.6 USG) of water per flush. The Saniplus is simplicity itself to install; there are just four connections:

  • The macerating pump is connected to the discharge pipe coming from the toilet.
  • The toilet tank is connected to the water supply.
  • The macerating pump is connected to small diameter discharge pipe work.
  • The macerating pump is connected to electrical supply.

If you want to conceal the unit in the wall you will need the extension also.

The Saniplus macerating system is comprised of a pressure chamber, which starts and stops the unit, and the motor, which drives the stainless steel macerator blades and pump. To learn more about the macerating process please refer to What is a macerator? A normal operating cycle for Saniplus takes about 10–20 seconds depending upon the discharge pipe run configuration; power consumption is therefore minimal.

You can find out other detailed information, specs, and other helpful products at Saniflo.com. If you are interested in purchasing one, Amazon.com carries both the SaniPlus Macerator Toilet with Elongated Bowl and the SaniPlus Macerator Toilet with Round Bowl.

Remember when doing basement remodeling always do you own research before choosing the products you will use and make sure that they are right for your job. If you need help have a competent basement contractor to help you with these decisions.

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