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Katie and Pam, Designers not Contractors!

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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When it comes to a large renovation project such as a basement remodel, there is a lot to think about in terms of the design and layout. For most of us, it is extremely difficult to see the potential in an unfinished basement. Pipes, exposed posts, and concrete flooring, are just a few of the…

Want The Rustic Wood Look With The Durability Of Tile?

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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When it comes to your lower level, the fewer wood products the better. So how do you get that rustic wood flooring look everyone is talking about? Tile that resembles reclaimed wood is an increasingly popular choice! This tile recreates the look of reclaimed wood flooring, including replicated nail holes, to create a rustic and…

See Your Finished Basement Before It Is Built!

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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Whether you are deciding to finish your lower level for added entertaining space, extra guest space, a place for the kids to hang out, or a fitness room, imagining what the basement will look like before it's built can be tough. Not everyone has an eye for reading and understanding blueprints. That is why we…

What to Look For in a Contractor Before Starting a Basement Renovation

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

Anyone who has dealt with home construction or remodeling can tell you just how difficult it can be at times. Having construction workers in your home, drywall dust, machinery, as well as early mornings and late nights of construction noise. Although, working with a contractor who offers you the best possible customer experience can make…

Have You Considered Learning A Skilled Trade Rather Than College?

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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Have you ever considered learning a skilled trade such as carpentry or construction work instead of attending a traditional college? Many will answer no, but it could be a smarter decision for many students post high school. If you are not one to enjoy getting up every morning to go work at a desk job,…

Let Us Help You Design Your Dream Basement

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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Knowing what type of spaces you want in your basement is one thing, knowing where to put it all is another story. We are here to help you every step of the way with experienced and trained designers who are dedicated to creating the lower level you have always imagined! They will work with your…

Egress Windows 101

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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When Do I Need an Egress Window? All finished basements must have means of egress, a way to get out of the basement other than using the stairs.  If you have a walkout basement you will be all set.  If you do not have a walkout basement then you will be required to put in an egress…

Do You Know Whats Included In Your Contract?

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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Buyer Beware! Before you sign any home improvement contract you need to know exactly what is included. Make sure your contract spells out the brand, collection, quantities and even serial numbers, if necessary, for each item listed in your contract. Clearly describing all of the elements of a contract keeps surprise costs, change orders and additional…

Does Your Contractor Warranty Their Work?

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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An email from one of our homeowners complementing our repair work brings us to the question. Does your contractor warranty their work? "Thanks for the follow-up and for backing up your work.  Much appreciated. -Mark." Having a warranty program in place allows us to stand behind our work if there is ever an issue. We…

Electric Fireplaces as a Design Feature

by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019

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Thinking about finishing or remodeling your basement? Adding unique design features can help make sure your basement stands out. One great way to do this is to add an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces have come a long way in recent years. They can be easily added to any space while still adding extra warmth. Electric…