Better Built Basements

Increase the energy efficiency of your home by increasing the insulation in the walls and ceilings. Home built 20 years ago or more have little or no insulation. Thinly insulated ceilings allow heat to escape in the winter and hot air in during the summer. Fiberglass blankets and rolls applied to the ceilings are relatively easy for the home remodeler to handle while loose-fill and blown-in materials are often left to insulation professionals. Wall insulation can be increased by blowing it in through a hole in the wall or during major remodeling when either the wallboard or siding has been removed. The U.S. Dept. of Energy lists the guidelines for homes based on region. Learn more about increasing the insulation in your home here.

Hi Patti – Well, if you are the general contractor you can save quite a bit – but it sounds like you’d be hiring out all of the phases and not doing any yourself? I would say 20 – 25 k is your range. The wait until the basement concrete cures (dries out)” is a common myth. There are thousands of homes built brand new with finished basements that are just fine.

For the mid-range projects, siding replacement holds a respectable 2nd nationally in the overall cost/ROI ratio at 80.7{5d8d7c25cb15e7b116f989d6a5f18c8aaafee062d15c9ae7b9c86e3dba7b2bec}. Nothing really fancy here as vinyl was the predominate material in use, but what makes it stand out in this range is again the actual siding replacement cost ( about $10k nationally averaged) versus it’s return (about $8.3K) which could loom very handy for someone looking to either sell or upgrade their home.

Stucco can be applied directly to cinderblocks, and the process is fairly easy. Since masonry walls are strong, a support system is not required. All that is needed is application of a concrete bonding agent. Traditional application requires a scratch coat, brown coat and finish coat. Advantages of stucco include the unique patterns and textures that can be created to add interest to the basement space. The material is durable and able to accept numerous colors.

Before this project started, this Kirkwood, Missouri basement was a dark, wet eyesore. The homeowner first wanted to keep her basement dry, prevent mold, and reduce odors. Once Woods Basement Systems installed a complete waterproofing system with a battery backup sump pump, the homeowner was ready to finish her basement. She didn’t want to use wood framing or drywall, because she knew these organic materials could grow mold if they got wet from a plumbing leak. She asked Woods to install EverLast wall panels, ThermalDry flooring, and a bright, no-sag ceiling. Now, this Kirkwood basement is brighter, healthier, and more comfortable.