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Battery Backup

When you go the full length to waterproof your basement, it’s always upsetting when you wake up to water in your basement after a storm. To prevent this from happening, we highly recommend installing a battery backup pump with your sump pump. Having a battery …

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The 2017 Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report is Out

The rankings for remodeling projects and their costs vs. value have been released for 2017.  Every year these stats and rankings are compiled by Remodeling Magazine. This leading magazine looks at key home remodeling projects throughout the U.S.  and compares the average costs per project with the value …

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Basement Finish Friday – A Tiki Bar Basement

  Tiki Bar Basement This old bungalow on a quiet street in southeast Portland, Oregon, has a secret. Upstairs it’s a neatly kept, renovated 1910 Craftsman. Downstairs, however, hides an explosion of mid-century pop culture in the form of a basement tiki bar. We love …

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Dry Soils Shrink Away from Foundations – Water pours in the basement

  It’s been a wonderful rainy 2 days in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  With severe drought conditions spreading across New England, the rain is a much welcomed weather event!  Everything has been so dried out that you’re probably thinking “Excellent, the ground will finally absorb all that …

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Barn Doors – stylish and versatile, a door that’s much more!

Sliding barn doors are the new “must-have” in interior decor.  You probably have seen them in magazines and on home improvement shows like Fixer Upper or maybe you’ve cruised HGTV looking for the barn door that suits your home perfectly.  One thing you may not realize is …

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New Remodeling Survey

The 2016 Houzz & Home survey results are in! Houzz asked 120,000 Houzzers about their renovation projects. Some of the results were a bit surprising.  For example, owners who started with no initial budget actually spent less, by about $8,000, than those who had a …

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Small Kitchen Ideas from Houzz – Great for Basements too!

Many homeowners finish their basements with the goal of creating additional family living space; a place to gather and watch tv or movies and to just hang out. Sometimes, this additional finished basement space is also used as a guest area. It can be wonderful …

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Damp and Musty – Get Rid of Spring Dampness and Musty Smells

  It’s the Spring-to-Summer season of humidity and dampness.  This time of year basements and crawlspaces begin to feel damp and humid.  You may find this dampness and humidity creating a nasty musty smell.  This musty smell wafts up into your living space.  Experts say that an …

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Crawlspace Issues in the Spring and Fall

In the Spring and even in the Fall, your crawlspace can become a nightmare if you have a sump pump and even if you don’t. Due to the rain and the ensuing damp and moisture, the crawlspace begins to harbor humidity and is a great environment for …

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