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9 Basement Shelving Ideas To Increase Storage Space

The basement can be a notoriously messy space. Clean up, get organized and reclaim your lower level with these creative basement shelving ideas.

How to DIY Laundry Shelves

Convert your dreary basement laundry into a functional, organized and finished workspace.


Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Drain your sump even when the power is out


How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.


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The Best (and Worst) Projects for Your Home’s Resale Value

Are you looking for a specific renovation project that will improve the resale value of your home? Your return on...

Move Out of the Basement and to These Places

Whether it's due to housing affordability, student loan debt or failure to launch syndrome, millennials (those born between 1980 and...


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8 Best Storage Totes and Containers for Your Basement

Maximize basement space and bring order to your belongings with the best storage totes and bins for basement organization.

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10 Best Basement Paint Colors

Turn your basement into a cozy retreat with these fresh and inviting paint color ideas.


15 Weird Objects Our Readers Found Lurking Behind Their Walls

From old newsprint to weapons to mummified animals, we asked our readers to show us treasures they found behind the...


Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


Working With Metal-Clad (MC) Cable

MC cable is easier to work with than rigid conduit and offers protection from fire, vibration, gnawing pests and physical...

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How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

Soggy yard? Here are your options.


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Best Concrete Paints for 2021

Painting concrete surfaces can be challenging. Here are some of the best concrete paints for your garage, basement, porch or...


11 Best Basement Organization Ideas

Whether you use your lower level for storage only or also as a living space, here are 11 ideas for...


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


How to Plumb a Basement Bathroom

Roughing-in the plumbing for a basement bathroom is a big job, but the savings are huge.

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How to Finish a Basement Wall

Expert advice for a warm, dry and inviting basement


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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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Here’s Why Old Houses Have a Random Toilet in the Basement

Standalone toilets in the basement are an outdated concept. Why were they necessary in the first place?


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The Experts’ Guide to Preventing Mold In Basements

Basement mold is a common problem that can cost thousands to remove. Avoid getting mold in the first place with...


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Best Types of Flooring for Your Basement

Looking to install flooring in your basement? Choose one of these five basement-friendly flooring options and enjoy good looks and...


10 Tips for Dealing With Water Damage, Mold and Mildew

We'll walk you through how to prevent mold after water damage.


DIY Wooden Garage Cabinets

Inexpensive, enormous and surprisingly easy to build

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12 Amazing Hardware Storage Containers for Your Workshop

Getting organized in the new year is a goal for many, but it can be overwhelming if you don't know...


Install a Warm, Moisture-Resistant Basement Subfloor in a Day

Converting your basement into a comfortable living space provides more square footage for family activities and it increases the value...


12 Best-Looking Refurbished Bookshelves

You found an old bookshelf at a garage sale, in your basement or on craiglist, but it needs a little...


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Why Old Homes Have a Tiny Iron Door Leading to the Basement

Today it serves merely as decoration, but long ago this door leading to the basement served an important purpose.


Everything to Know About Ductless Mini Splits

Whether you’re finishing a basement area, adding new space or just upgrading your home’s HVAC system, you owe it to...


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Tips for Better Drywall Taping

Simple tricks for fast, flawless drywall finishing