Wednesday, July 23, 2014
When it comes to finishing your basement one of the biggest concerns is the flooring. Basement floors are often just a concrete slab. Before choosing flooring for your basement it is imperative to determine if a moisture barrier had been laid down previously or if you will be dealing with moisture seeping through the concrete slab. Most often when it comes to basement slabs a concrete moisture barrier is not present. This leads to issues that are common when homeowners wish to finish their basements.
If you are unsure if a moisture barrier is present underneath the concrete slab in your basement the easiest method to figure it out involves some time and plastic garbage bags. Lay a few plastic bags out over the concrete basement slab and tape them into place. After a few days check to see if the plastic bags feel wet or feel like they contain any moisture on the underside of the bag. If moisture is present than your basement slab does not have a moisture barrier present and this will limit your flooring choices.
If you want to keep your options open when it comes to flooring in your basement consider a waterproofing the basement floor. This will allow you to choose more openly what you desire for the flooring within your basement. Carpet is a common want in cold, damp basements. The floor should be waterproofed as well as cellulose underlayment before padding and carpet is laid. This will help to create a moisture proof floor in your basement with carpet flooring.
Free floating engineered flooring is a great option in basement flooring. A foam underlayment allows the flooring to float the basement floor. This underlayment creates a space that balances any unevenness in the flooring as well as providing a moisture barrier.
Laminate flooring is yet another option in basement flooring that is popular. When using laminate flooring, the look and feel can be warmed up using throw rugs throughout the basement space. Laminate is only a good choice in basements that have relatively low moisture levels because the backing is susceptible to bubbling in spaces with higher moisture.
Ceramic tile can be installed in basement flooring as well. This is a great option however one that does tend to add to the coldness already associated with basements. If you are installing ceramic tile note that low moisture basement ceramic tile will last longer than if placed in high moisture basements.
If all and all you decide the flooring options in the basement are too risky and to dependent on moisture look into painting your basement floor. Even with high moisture levels concrete paint will adhere to the floor and will last a fair amount of time in between maintenance. Add warmth with throw rugs that can easily be picked up, washed and dried.
When it comes to renovating your home, especially in your kitchen there are certain updates and upgrades that give you a large return on your investment. There are also a great deal of ways to waste your money when it comes to kitchen renovations. Consider the following when looking into remodeling your kitchen.
The first and best use of resources is to hire a contractor that specializes in kitchen renovations. A kitchen contractor can save you a ton of time and money. Even with the added expense of a contractor it will amaze you how much less you will spend on your remodel over what it would cost you to do it on your own. Kitchen contractors have experience that will save time and in turn money as well as connections when it comes to materials needed to create a space that is desired.
When it comes to kitchen renovations the biggest bang for your buck is the kitchen countertops. Granite, Corian and Silestone are all popular options in materials for counters. A decent countertop can cost upwards of four thousand dollars all of which is easily recouped in the increased home value that will occur with your updated kitchen.
To avoid the cost of new cabinets consider cabinet door re-facing. This gives you all the benefits of new cabinets without the considerable expense that goes along with them. New cabinet doors can change the entire look of your kitchen. Along with cabinet re-facing consider updating the hardware on the cabinetry throughout the kitchen. This is a fairly inexpensive update that offers a great deal of change in the look and function of the kitchen.
Another renovation within the kitchen that offers a big bang for your buck is kitchen flooring. Vinyl kitchen flooring dates not only a kitchen but the entire home. Upgrade kitchen flooring to ceramic, hardwood or bamboo. Flooring is expensive. Finding discontinued flooring for your kitchen is one way to offset the expense. If you are not set on a certain look, color, feel or material this may be the way to go. Look at different home improvement stores. When you find something that interested you, even if discontinued ask if there is any way to have shipments from other stores sent to your local store. If this is not a possibility it may be worth a short drive to collect the materials needed to complete a new kitchen floor for your home.