Basement Refinishing Ideas

In this poor housing market, Quonset huts are popular with new homeowners as well as with retirees looking for an affordable way to move to a warmer climate. A quonset hut is a type of arch-style, semicylindrical steel building that was used in World War II for equipment storage. Since then, Quonset huts have been used for inexpensive equipment storage in commercial and agricultural settings. In today’s housing market, Quonset-hut homes are a popular option, mainly because they’re less expensive to build or buy than other types of homes and can be built in less time.

Yes. Many home owners do not understand that if you ever have damage to your home, and the cause started in the basement, it may not be covered by insurance if you did not have a permit on the basement finish. It also insures that the contractor has built your basement to the minimum building codes. A contractor that recommends you complete your basement with out a permit may be looking to cut corners, and problems will not appear for months or years (like the first big rain storm that floods your basement).

It doesn’t matter if it is the collection of beer cans in the yard, or van seats from that favorite vehicle, there are plenty of ways to recycle old stuff to look good. Beer cans can become interesting shelf displays. A van seat can become the new gamers chair. (Just remember that certain weight restrictions hinder one’s ability to get up.) Old boards can become that new shelf you needed in the kitchen.

Actual upfront cost depends on the product best for your project. Filling small holes and air leaks can be done for a small amount using cans of expanding foam insulation. Large projects are cheaper per square foot than small projects. Two tank expanding foam insulation kits come in several sizes. The manufacturer will list the square foot, board foot, or cubic foot coverage of the kit. Example: A 200 board foot rated kit will cover about 162 square feet at 1 inch thick for a total yield of 13 cubic feet. This many sound like a large kit, but it is not. Measure out you job size to get an idea of how much expanding foam insulation you will need.

Most builders feel that 10{5d8d7c25cb15e7b116f989d6a5f18c8aaafee062d15c9ae7b9c86e3dba7b2bec} is a fair markup of materials. It takes added time to acquire these items. What you don’t know is that they already have an account where they get a 10{5d8d7c25cb15e7b116f989d6a5f18c8aaafee062d15c9ae7b9c86e3dba7b2bec} reduction in price. The larger the project the better the bottom line for the contractor. The way to offset this is to get an itemized list of every screw, nail and board. If you agree to pay a markup, do it with the knowledge upfront. Offer to pickup anything needed or pay them a reasonable percentage for their trouble.