Get ideas, projects and tips for finishing, waterproofing and organizing your basement.
How to Finish a Basement Wall
We show two good ways to insulate and finish a basement or concrete wall. A 2x2 wall saves space and a 2x4 wall is easier to assemble and insulate. Both will create that snug extra room you need.
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How to Finish a Basement: Framing and Insulating
Turn your unfinished basement into beautiful, functional living space. Framing basement walls and ceilings is the core of any basement finishing project. Learn how to insulate and frame the walls and ceilings, build soffits, frame partition walls and frame around obstructions.
Insulate Basement Rim Joists
In just a couple of hours, you can seal and insulate your rim joists, which are major sources of heat loss in many homes. This project will help lower your heating costs and save you money. Insulating the rim joists is one of the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. And ...
Affordable Wet Basement Solutions
Diagnose the causes for your wet basement problem and learn what the likely solutions are—and when you should call in a pro.
Home Repair: How to Flatten Basement Air Ducts to Gain Space
Install wider, flatter heating and cooling ducts (you can have them custom made) to increase headroom in your basement, especially when finishing the ceiling.
How to Dry Out Basement Carpeting
A wet carpet in a flooded basement may be salvageable, depending on the water source, but you have to work fast before mold starts growing. Here's what you need to know.
How to Install a Terraced Window Well in Your Basement
Bring a flood of light into a dreary basement with a terraced window well. You also get an emergency escape route, planting beds and a view. Build this well as part of an egress window project or simply landscape an existing window well. In this article, we'll walk you through the construction ...
Man Cave Ideas
Build your "man cave" in a garage, a basement, a corner of the yard, or any other piece of unclaimed real estate in your house. Get inspired by these DIY spaces.
How to Install a Vapor Barrier in a Crawlspace
This article will show you how to add 6 mil plastic sheeting on the ground and insulate the walls in your crawlspace. We use foil-faced rigid insulation to keep the space under the house dry. The plastic and the insulation will eliminate any moisture problems you have in the crawlspace, such as ...