Even though this website is all about finishing your basement with your own two hands of glory… I completely understand that not every wants to do this.
So I hope this will be the first of many “virtual basement tours” where you can learn first hand the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of basement finishing projects.
This first tour hits close to home because in a way, it is home! I’ve slept in this basement many times, it’s my parent’s basement!
Here’s a tour of their basement. Hi Mom! Hi Dad!
They finished their 700 square foot basement for about $38,000. My parent’s basement took about 8 weeks to complete. If that’s sounds a little steep for just 700 square feet, hang with me till the end, they had some unique issues to deal with – one of which required a saw blade that was the size of an oven door.
1. How Did They Find Their Basement Contractor?
My Mom first saw the company they eventually used in the local paper and some of those advertising inserts. Their website had a lot of good reviews and they [click to continue…]
How many recessed lights do you need for your finished basement? That’s what you’re wondering. Right?
I thought about scouring the internet for that perfect illumination calculator that GE probably built. I’m sure it has some crazy complicated math that hinges on the light spectrum, what phase the moon is in and the color your eyes… but then I thought, “F” that.
I’m going to shoot a video of me, walking around my basement, showing you how many recessed lights I put in and where I put them and then I’m going to give you 5 awesome tips to help you finish your basement with recessed lighting.
Here’s the video
The truth is that there is no universal basement lighting truth. Everybody has an opinion and to a degree they’re all kind of right.
So please allow me to sprinkle some of my insights into your basement dreams and desires (in regards to lighting). These aren’t the end all be all - these are just 5 rules of thumb to consider when designing your lighting. If you follow these, you’ll be pretty happy with how things turn out. [click to continue…]
To finish your basement by yourself you need a lot of one thing. Time. I’ve got 2 hacks and a video below to help you create some more time. Saving time on everyday household chores is hobby of mine. I’m constantly analyzing stuff that I have to do and figuring out ways to do it faster, better or less frequently. (yup, hand raised, I’m kinda lame like that) Enter… snow shoveling. You get exercise which is good. You get outside in the cold which is good, usually. (did you know you lose more weight working out in colder weather?) Plus, you get the satisfaction [...]
Basement Plumbing Don’t make these hilarious plumbing mistakes. Or do, and then email me a picture. Big thumbs up to Bill S, for emailing me with the “Plumber of the Year Awards” Enjoy - Jason How does this even get past the planning phase? &%$@#