Even Things Out With Your Bumpy Lawn

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

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This time of year, it's wise to examine the condition of your lawn. I like to take a walk around my yard to check out any changes that've taken place over the winter. If you find that your lawn is uneven or bumpy, it may be due to damage caused by moles digging beneath the surface. Or your lawn could be uneven due to drought or frost pushing the turf out of place. Leveling out your lawn can be done with a little bit of know-how and some supplies from your local lawn and garden center. Consider these ideas that can help your lawn look its best.

Regrade Your Lawn

If your lawn is bumpy and you notice a lot of standing water in one area, you may have poor drainage. Instead of being completely flat, your lawn should gently slope away from your home so rainwater and melted snow can flow away from your foundation. Grading your yard to improve the drainage process can get rid of some of the bumpiness of your lawn. More importantly, it can prevent your basement from flooding and other costly damage caused by water.

Fill in Low Spots

Have you noticed some low spots throughout your yard? Filling them in can even out the surface of your yard. Create a filler mixture consisting of quality topsoil, orange sand, and compost. Orange sand has nutrients that can benefit your lawn. Using a square-point shovel, fill in the low spots with your mixture, and use a rake to make sure the surface is even with the rest of your yard. Tamp down the filler with your rake so it doesn't simply flow out of the hole the next time it rains. Sprinkling some water on top of the filler is another way to ensure that it solidifies and stays put in the hole.

Plant Grass

A collection of bare spots can ruin the look of a green, healthy lawn. Put some grass seed on those bare spots followed by a bit of topsoil to keep it in place. Use your hands to pat down the seeds, and give these areas an adequate amount of water for two days or so after planting. Moisture will help the seeds to germinate. Once new grass starts to spring up in place of those bare spots, your lawn will look a lot more level.

Check Out Your Sprinkler System

A malfunctioning sprinkler system can cause flooding in some areas of your lawn and a lack of water in others. Too much moisture in some areas of a lawn can cause the soil to become uneven. I suggest you ask a friend to turn on the sprinkler system while you walk across your lawn looking for any leaks or areas of ground that are becoming saturated. Fixing any issues with your sprinkler system should be done before you address the problem areas of your lawn.

Once you level the surface of your lawn, you may want to put up a swing set for kids or grandkids to enjoy. Or you might start a flower or vegetable garden in one corner of the yard. A level lawn is the perfect setting for a few young trees, a fountain, or even a gazebo! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: Even out a Bumpy Lawn

Build Your Own Backyard Retreat

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Apr 19, 2017

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Spring has finally arrived! Every day, I see trees growing fuller and flowers starting to bloom. As we settle into a warm, pleasant season, it's time to transform your backyard into the perfect retreat. The best thing about this type of project is that you can do it with a budget of any size. Enjoy!

Decorate Your Gazebo

If you're lucky enough to own a gazebo, dress it up a little to make it the highlight of your backyard. One idea is to get some hanging baskets brimming with colorful flowers. Just imagine a collection of hanging baskets containing pink, purple, and white petunias. Or get a gathering of bright red geraniums and put them in white baskets for a dramatic effect. Or you can forgo the flowers and hang some strings of battery-powered white LED lights around the railings and posts of your gazebo. Battery-powered LED Chinese lanterns in blue, red, or green can instantly give your covered backyard retreat a beautiful glow.

Set Up a Collection of Hummingbird Feeders

If you love watching the activities of hummingbirds, set up some hummingbird feeders in one area of your backyard. You can purchase inexpensive hummingbird feeders and make your own bright red, sugary solution, or you can go ahead and make your own feeders, too. Be sure to place a comfortable bench or lounger nearby so you can observe their activities up close.

Plant a Butterfly Garden

A butterfly garden is simply a gathering of flowers that attract butterflies. Just imagine how peaceful you'll feel as you watch all kinds of butterflies sampling the flowers in your garden. Some butterfly-friendly flowers include lavender, goldenrod, phlox, purple coneflowers, Shasta daisies, thistle, zinnias, and, of course, butterfly bushes! I suggest adding a silver or gold gazing globe or two to the scene to make your butterfly garden even more attractive.

Create a Pathway of Stepping Stones

Construct a simple path leading to your backyard retreat by laying down a row of stepping stones. Stepping stones are available in many textures and shapes that can add style to your backyard retreat. Put a pathway through your butterfly garden, or make one that leads up to a comfortable hammock, portable patio swing, or pair of lounge chairs. Be sure to leave equal distance between each of the stepping stones as you put them down on the grass.

Set Up Solar LED Path Lights

Whether you make your pathway with stepping stones, gravel, bricks, or mulch, you must be able to find the way to your retreat when the sun goes down. Set up solar LED path lights on both sides of your pathway. These lights soak up energy from the sun during the day and pop on when darkness falls. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so you're sure to find some that enhance the look of your backyard. I like the fact that you can leave these pathway lights up all year round.

The smallest additions and changes to your backyard can make it a more inviting place to be during the warm weather months. Use your imagination and make your backyard one of your favorite places to be this spring and summer. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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Celebrate National Picnic Day At Home In Style

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Apr 10, 2017

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Did you know that April 22 is National Picnic Day? Luckily, you don't have to wait until National Picnic Day to enjoy an alfresco lunch! And you've got the perfect picnic area right outside your back door. This week, I have some ideas for making your backyard picnics simple and enjoyable. Try out these ideas and enjoy!

A Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Part of the fun of having a spring picnic is sitting on the ground for a bird's-eye view of the flowers, trees, and plants all around you. If you don't have a picnic blanket, you can use a bed sheet, quilt, or throw blanket. Get a shower curtain liner to put under your blanket to protect it from moisture on the ground.

A Muffin Pan for Side Dishes

Chances are good that you have a muffin pan or two in your pantry at home. Use it to hold side dishes and extras such as deviled eggs, pickles, banana peppers, or tomato and onion slices. These and other slippery food items are less likely to end up in the grass when they're kept in the cups of a muffin pan. If you have it, I'd use a muffin pan with a lid so you can protect your food from flies.

A Napkin-Holder

Even the lightest of breezes can scatter the stack of paper napkins you bring out for your picnic. So why not make a simple napkin-holder that will keep them from floating away? A tin cookie box with a lid also makes for a great place to store your napkins while you're enjoying the outdoors. Or you could always place a paperweight on top of your stack of napkins to keep it together.

A Soap Dispenser for Sunscreen

It's a good idea to have sunscreen available for both the kids and adults at your picnic. Instead of taking a bottle or tube of sunscreen outside, pour some of it into an old soap dispenser bottle. Whenever someone needs sunscreen, the person can pump the handle, allowing a few dollops to fall right into their palm.

A Portable CD Player for Tunes

If you want to add some ambiance to your backyard picnic, get a portable CD player and set it nearby. Be sure to get a stack of CDs with music for every taste. Or if you have a laptop, get it charged up and stream music from your favorite radio station.

A Dish Rack for Used Dishes and Silverware

As an alternative to paper plates and plastic utensils, use plates and utensils from your own kitchen. This is environmentally friendly, and you won't have to deal with your paper plate folding up under the weight of your burger, hot dog, coleslaw, chips, baked beans, and other picnic goodies. Take a dish rack outside so you'll have somewhere to put the dirty dishes and silverware when your family and friends finish eating.

And here's one last handy tip: Mix water and a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle to use around your picnic area. The fragrance of peppermint will make the ants think twice about joining your party. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: backyard picnics

Converting Your Old Shed Into A Playhouse

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Apr 3, 2017

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Your new shed has just arrived! It's time to get right down to work transferring all of your tools, gardening supplies, and other items from your old shed to your new one. But once you finish cleaning out your old shed, you might wonder, "What should I do with it?" One idea is to turn it into a playhouse for your children or grandchildren to enjoy.

Dress Up the Walls

Painting the interior walls of the playhouse is a great way to make it a cheerful place to be. The kids can choose the paint as well as help with the painting work. If you would rather not paint the shed's walls, the kids can hang up posters, prints, and their own artwork. You can avoid making nail holes in your shed walls by using tape or adhesive strips to hang the art. Don't forget a sign that says "Kids Only" for the door!

Lighting Up the Playhouse

A shed with windows will let in natural light during the day. In the evening, a few LED portable lanterns can supply light to kids who want to keep on playing. LED lanterns produce very little heat and can safely illuminate your kids' playhouse for an evening board game, crafts, or even an exciting round of ghost stories. I like the idea of having LED lanterns the kids can use to make their way back through the dark yard to the house after play time is over.

Decorate the Floor

You don't have to go to the carpet store to buy a brand-new area rug for the kids' playhouse. Visit a secondhand furniture store or go to a flea market to find a gently used area rug in a size that's perfect for the shed. As long as you make sure it's clean and free of damage, it will provide a soft surface for the kids to move around on. Look for one with a zigzag pattern, stripes, or elaborate shapes. This adds more excitement to the décor of the playhouse.

Give Your Windows Some Flair

There are plenty of ways to give some flair to the windows of a shed/playhouse. Hanging curtains with a design featuring a favorite superhero or cartoon character is one idea. Decorative window film is easy to apply and instantly makes a plain window more interesting. Also, stringing LED lights around the border of the windows is a creative way to make the space appealing to kids.

A Few Items to Add to the Fun

The best thing about a playhouse is it's a space for kids only. You could put a low table in the middle of the space for games and let the kids bring in their favorite beanbag chairs and pillows. The kids can have a CD player to play the type of music they like. Putting in a small refrigerator for snacks and drinks is another way to make it a great place for kids. A small bookshelf in one corner can hold board games, crayons, puzzles, paper, scissors, glue, stencils, and other items kids can play with. These things make any playhouse even more comfortable and inviting to little ones.

Get creative and make your old shed into the most popular spot in your neighborhood! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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8 Essential Spring Tools for Every Homeowner

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Mar 22, 2017

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If you're like me, you probably have a growing list of things to do as the spring season gets under way. Most of these tasks involve yard work or tending to the garden. Today, there a variety of tools that can make springtime tasks a lot easier. Here are some of my top picks.

Eight Essential Spring Tools for Homeowners

  1. A Wheelbarrow Organizer. This item can simplify your planting duties this spring and summer. The organizer fits into one end of your wheelbarrow. There is a space for small garden tools such as trowels and spades as well as a compartment with a lid for your keys, cell phone, or wallet. Also, it has a place for large tools such as a rake, shovels, and a broom. With this organizer, the days of running back to your shed for a forgotten tool are over!
  2. A Clog-Resistant Rake. Do you have to stop raking your yard every few minutes to clear wet leaves, sticks, twigs, and other debris out of your rake? The dual-tine design of this essential tool allows you to rake your yard or garden without the aggravation of a clogged rake.
  3. A Leaf Shredder. A leaf shredder is an essential tool, especially if you want to add leaves to your compost pile or garden. Simply dump leaves into the shredder and empty the bag of shredded leaves onto your compost pile or over your garden. Shredded leaves are much easier to spread, so you can put them exactly where you want them.
  4. A Hedge Trimmer. This tool is invaluable if you have hedges all around your property or home. You can choose an electric, battery or gas-powered hedge trimmer to help you cut your hedges evenly and efficiently this spring. I suggest you get some protective goggles to wear when you use your hedge trimmer: You never know when a small stick or twig is going to fly out at you as you work.
  5. A New Hose Nozzle. If you have a hose nozzle that sprays just one way, it's time to trade up. Get an adjustable nozzle that gives you the choice of shower, soaker, fan, sprinkle, and more. Set the nozzle one way to water plants and another way to spray dried mud off of your driveway.
  6. Plant Covers. Get some plant covers to protect your sensitive flowers and plants from damage due to an unexpected late frost. Plant covers made of all-purpose fabric can keep the cold out and warmth in.
  7. A Dig and Pry Tool. A dig and pry tool can be used to remove stubborn roots from a garden or make your way down through stony, packed soil. This essential tool has a long, sturdy handle that can help you get rocks and large stones out of your garden.
  8. A Lightweight Hose. A lightweight garden hose is an essential tool for many springtime chores. Use it to water your lawn, water the garden, and clean your walkways. I would venture to say that you aren't going to miss dragging an older, weighty garden hose around your property.

I hope these tools make the work you do around your property a little bit easier this spring! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: spring homeowner tools

Upgrade Your Curb Appeal Today

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

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'A Gazebo can help make a Lovely Addition to Any Yard, Patio or Pool'

The arrival of spring brings with it a sense of renewal, don't you think? This renewal can encompass many things, including our homes. There are a few simple things you can do in the span of a day that can really boost the curb appeal of your home. Checkout some of my favorite refreshing spring home ideas!

Update the Look of Your House Numbers

Have you had the same house numbers on your home for as long as you can remember? Since you moved in? If the house numbers tacked up beside your front door or nailed to a post in your yard are beginning to fade or rust, it's time for a change! One idea is to display your house numbers in a frame dangling by a ribbon from the top of your front door. Or, find a free printable stencil online featuring large numbers in an interesting font. Use the stencil to paint the numbers onto your front door. Be sure to choose a color that shows up well against the background color of your door.

Paint or Replace Your Mailbox

Maybe your mailbox has seen its best days. If so, shop for a mailbox in a new design. Mailboxes are available at many big box and home improvement stores. If you have a traditional tunnel top mailbox, replace it with a square-shaped one. Or, get one that looks like a house with an A-frame roof! Maybe you can even design your own mini replica of your home. If you like the design of your current mailbox, don't replace it; paint it or dress it up with an applique. Just make sure your mailperson can still read the numbers.

Refresh Your Collection of Outdoor Plants

Putting new plants out on your front porch or front step is an easy way to increase your curb appeal. Place a beautiful young fern in a decorative pot or hang it in a basket near your front door. Or, place a coleus in a basket planter on your front stoop. The change and growth of plants give constant renewal to the appearance of the front entrance to your home.

Add Exterior Lighting

LED solar path lights can give an instant lift to the look of your home's exterior. One of the best things about these lights is they are available in all sorts of designs and sizes. Throughout the day these lights soak up the sun's rays, then pop on when the sun goes down. Also, there are LED solar lights you can display on your porch railing or hang from a wall bracket near your front door.

Add a Birdbath to Your Yard

A stone or ceramic birdbath is an attractive addition to a front yard. You can get a traditional birdbath in a pedestal and circular bowl style. Or, you may want to go with a bowl in the shape of a leaf or lily pad. Some birdbaths have fun design details such as a small frog or sparrow sitting on one edge of the bowl. You can get as imaginative as you want when choosing a birdbath to adorn your front yard. I think planting some tulips or pansies around your birdbath makes it look all the more appealing.

Sometimes just a small change here and there can boost your curb appeal to the next level. Thanks for reading! -Alan

Turning Your Shed Into A Bonus Room

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Mar 5, 2017

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When you think of a storage shed, you may picture rakes, shovels, brooms, buckets, and maybe even a wheelbarrow inside the structure. Maybe you envision a shed with a riding lawnmower parked in one corner or a stack of plastic bins full of books, papers, or other items. But your shed can be a lot more than just a storage area. It can be a bonus room! Checkout some ideas for transforming your backyard shed into a bonus room.

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A Retreat

Whether you call it a man cave, a she shed, or a retreat, your shed can be the perfect getaway spot when you need some relaxation time. After sweeping the dust out of your shed, put down a colorful area rug. You'll be surprised at how much a simple rug can transform the look of your shed. Next, put your favorite easy chair into the shed. Hanging plants, framed prints, throw pillows, and a radio are other items that can make your shed comfier. The secret to decorating your retreat is to put all of your favorite things there so you'll feel right at ease the moment you open the door.

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A Children's Playhouse

An unused shed makes a great setting for a children's playhouse. Your children or grandchildren can put posters on the walls and bring in a few beanbag chairs to sit on. A gathering of colorful milk crates can serve as the perfect table for games, reading, or playing music. I suggest getting a little cabinet where the kids can put their favorite snacks, such as crackers, chips, raisins, etc. Be sure to keep the snacks in sealed sandwich bags or small plastic containers to prevent bugs from getting at them. The best thing about a shed playhouse is that you can keep an eye on your little ones while they're having a good time.

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A Guest Room

An unused shed can be transformed into an informal guest room. Put down a thick area rug so your guest can walk around the shed barefoot. Try to find a bed that is appropriate for the dimensions of your shed. A daybed could be used as a bed at night and a sofa during the day. Put up a mirror featuring an ornate frame as well as some artwork to help beautify the walls of your shed. Throw a soft comforter and pillows on the bed and your guests will feel cozy in your bonus room!

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A Pub

Making your shed into a pub doesn't mean you have to serve alcohol. You can serve any refreshments you want. A miniature refrigerator would be a great investment for your shed-turned-pub. Try stringing some LED lights around the windows of your shed to make your mini-parties more inviting. Get a CD player and put it in one corner of your shed so you can enjoy some music while you're serving soda, punch, and other refreshments to your friends. Get a few folding chairs, and use an old crate for a table. Your new pub is sure to be the hit of the neighborhood!

Use your imagination and get to work transforming your shed into a fabulous bonus room. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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7 DIY Home Improvement Projects That You Can Tackle In A Weekend

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

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'Organize your garage to help find things faster and keep it neater'

Some home improvement projects take weeks or even months to plan and complete. Other DIY projects are simple and can be done in a single weekend. Here are seven DIY ideas for home improvement projects that can be done in just a couple of days.

Seven DIY Home Improvement Projects to Do on a Weekend

  1. Put in New Bathroom Tile. If the bathroom in your master bedroom or guest room needs a refreshed look, you may want to install a new tile floor. Putting down tile takes some planning, but is a relatively easy process especially if you use peel and stick tile. Peel and stick tile is available in all types of patterns and designs, so your bathroom can take on a whole new style in just a couple of days and without a complete and time-consuming overhaul!
  2. Paint the Front Entryway. Does your entryway need a lift? If the walls are beige, white or another neutral color, try painting them in a pastel. A pastel blue or green would be an appealing sight as you arrive home from work or school each day. If you have baseboards in your entryway, be sure to give them a fresh coat of white paint to complete the picture.
  3. Make a Brick Border Around a Tree. Do you have a favorite tree in your yard? If so, make a brick border to put around it. As a finishing touch, put a layer of mulch inside the brick border. This looks great and puts some distance between the tree and your lawnmower.
  4. Paint the Fence. If you have a white fence around your yard, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. A white fence that is dusty or marked with stains can take away from and dull the curb-appeal of your property. However, a coat of bright white paint will immediately highlight your home and everything around it.
  5. Change the Handles on the Kitchen Cabinets. Putting on different handles may seem like a small thing to do, but it can transform the look of your cabinets. There are so many handles, knobs and pulls to choose from you're sure to end up with the perfect design. Brushed nickel, bronze, glass, and brushed brass are a just a few of the choices. Just for fun, I suggest you choose a cabinet handle style that is opposite from the one you have now. Your guests will wonder if you got new cabinets!
  6. Put Up a Tire Swing in the Backyard. This weekend DIY project is sure to please the young kids in your life. If you have a large tree with sturdy branches you can hang up an old tire for the little ones to use as a swing. Try it out for yourself and remember what you've been missing of those lovely sunny days outside.
  7. Add Some Organization to the Garage. Organizing your garage makes it look neater and allows you to find what you want, when you want it. Install a pegboard on a wall of your garage for storing your tools, nails, screws and more. You can label the containers to make it all the more organized. Create a special, labeled bin for your old cloths and rags to use for dirty jobs. Also, try making a screwdriver storage unit so you have all your screwdrivers stored safely and close at hand.

I hope these seven suggestions get you thinking about even more quick and creative DIY project ideas for your home. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: diy home improvement projects

How to Prevent Mold In Your Home

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

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The growth of mold inside a home can cause members of a family to experience allergies, breathing problems, headaches, and more. Mold needs a warm, moist environment to grow. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent mold growth in your home.

Clean Wet Areas Right Away

Since moisture is a requirement for mold growth, drying wet spots can keep it from getting a foothold in your home. For instance, if you see water leaking in through a window and pooling on the sill, dry the spot right away. Then, take steps to seal the window with caulk or another product to prevent water from coming in. If you have a leaky pipe beneath a bathroom sink, it's important to turn off the water and dry the wet area. Then, you can fix the leak to prevent more water from ending up on the floor of your bathroom cabinet.

Maintain Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation can prevent mold growth in many areas of the home. For instance, running a fan in your bathroom after someone takes a shower causes the air to circulate, drying moisture on tile, walls, and floors. Also, check to make sure that the vent attached to your clothes dryer is clear and moving moist air out of your home. Sometimes, it's necessary to get your dryer vent cleaned due to a buildup of lint, dust, and other debris that can block the moist air from leaving your home. Turn on the fan above your stove when boiling water or otherwise using the burners. On warm days, open a window or patio door to allow air to circulate throughout your home!

Use Mold-Resistant Products

Put some mold-resistant items in your home. For example, if you're putting down new carpeting, look for a brand that is mildew-resistant. Mold-resistant drywall is also available. Check the label on the next can of paint you buy to see if it is mold-resistant. There are many cleaning products for bathroom tile and kitchen floors that have ingredients in them that help fight mold.

Check for Proper Drainage Outside Your Home

Any moisture in a basement is an invitation for mold growth. If your basement tends to flood during big storms, you may need to create a new system of drainage in your yard that moves rainwater away from your basement. Also, repairing or replacing leaky gutters can help to efficiently direct rain or melting snow away from your home.

Check the Humidity

A humid atmosphere in your home can prompt mold growth. Running a dehumidifier can help with this problem. But don't let that moisture go to waste. I suggest you use the water collected by the dehumidifier to water your vegetable or flower garden. Installing a ceiling fan in a strategic place can increase air circulation through your home and help reduce the moisture levels.

Habits That Can Prevent Mold

One simple habit that can prevent mold growth is to leave your washer lid open after taking out a load of wet clothing. This allows the air to circulate in your washer and dry it. After showering, use a towel to dry the tile to discourage the growth of mold, and hang your wet towels outside to air-dry.

Taking a few steps to prevent mold growth can contribute to the overall health of your family. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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What You Should Know Before Finishing Your Basement

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Feb 3, 2017

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The above picture of a metal building from Alan's Factory Outlet was from a customer that finished the structure.  Another option to think about would be to finish your basement.

Have you ever dreamed of relaxing in a comfortable, finished basement? Maybe you'd like to create a getaway spot you can get to in a matter of seconds. If so, there are a few things to consider before getting down to work on your basement refinishing project.

Make a Floor Plan

You don't have to be an architect to sit down and draw up a simple floor plan for your finished basement. Do you want a snack area or an area reserved just for a particularly large item, such as a pool table? Do you want to set up a home theater? If so, you won't need as much lighting in that segment of the basement. What sort of décor do you want? Answering these questions along with others allows you to end up with the finished basement of your dreams!

Conduct a Moisture Test

A basement with a moisture problem is not a good place for your favorite easy chair, television, and other valuable possessions. So before refinishing your basement, it's a good idea to conduct a moisture test. Take a two-foot-square piece of plastic sheeting and tape it to the basement floor. Tape another piece to a wall in your basement. After two weeks, check the condition of the plastic sheeting. If condensation has formed beneath the sheeting, then your basement foundation is unsealed. Alternatively, if there are drops of water on the surface of the plastic sheeting, then the basement air is too humid. Once you know more about the atmosphere of your basement, you can take steps to make it more accommodating.

Check With Your Local Municipality

Before you start work on your basement, you should check to see if you need any permits from your local municipality. You may need permission for construction, electrical, or other types of work you do in your basement. Chances are good that you will have to draw up an official plan of what you intend to do so it can be put on record.

Put in an Additional Sump Pump

An overworked sump pump can allow water to flood into your attractive finished basement. An additional sump pump also can serve as a backup in case the other fails. This is a precaution that protects you against costly damage of the items in your basement. Also, be sure to have battery power for your sump pump in case your electricity goes off.

Put in Insulation

Installing insulation in your basement is one way to maintain the warmth while keeping out the cold. In addition to helping to keep the space at a comfortable temperature, insulation with a vapor barrier can block out moisture. Do you have a lot of traffic noise around the outside of your home? Quality insulation can help to keep out some of the noise, too, so you can relax in peace.

Choose Your Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a finished basement. A well-lit space is more inviting to friends and family. Recessed lighting is a popular choice for basements because it takes up very little room. If you have a drop ceiling, this sort of lighting is especially convenient to install.

Create a Warm Atmosphere

Baseboard heating is an ideal option for a finished basement. This system gives you a steady supply of warm air that rises and flows through the room. I like the idea of baseboard heating because it fits into the space in a seamless way.

Enjoy your relaxing new basement, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: Finishing Your Basement

 

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