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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Successful Basement Conversion

Talk to your neighbors

You should talk to your neighbors. As a matter of fact, tons of reports about basement conversions have been reported. The objections include noise and disruptions, tunneling out a lot under your house and so on. As a matter of fact, most of objections are related to the hardships of inconvenience and sound pollution.

If you want to avoid these problems, make sure you let your neighbors know about what you are going to do. Your basement conversion may have a negative impact on the property of your neighbor, especially if the conversion involves structural or underpinning supports.

Call Professionals

Basement conversion is not a DIY project. What you need to do is hire specialists in order to get the reinforcement and excavation done. You may want to do your homework and get recommendations from your friends, family and colleagues. As a matter of fact, good contractors are always ready to talk about the pros and cons of the job with you.

Compared to the loft conversion, basement conversions cost more per square foot. However, the benefit of the conversion is that it can increase the value of your property by 20 to 30%.

Add Light

If you want to make your house more comfortable, we suggest that you let the natural light come into your basement. For an effective solution, you can opt for an outside light well; however, if you want to install one, make sure that it’s on your house and your neighbors have no problem with it.

Also, you can choose interior glazed panels in order to borrow light. To save space, you can opt for fiber optic systems or ducts and panels that make use of angled mirror for trapping and reflecting natural light. Without adequate light, your basement won’t look its best.

Brightness

If you use a bright, neutral color palette, you can boost the airy feel in your living space. What you need to do is keep things free of clutter and streamlined with lots of integrated storage.

Fixing Nail Pops in Drywall

To repair nail pops in your drywall, you will need a few supplies. You may have most of these materials on hand already, and anything you do not have can be found at your local home improvement or hardware store. Here is what you will need:

  • Stud Finder (optional)
  • Hammer (or nail punch)
  • 2 Drywall Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drywall Mud
  • Drywall Knife
  • Sandpaper (200 grit is fine)
  • Paint and Primer

To get started, be sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies so that you don’t have to stop halfway through to make a trip to the store. Once you have everything you need, start by locating the framing around the area with nail pops. Use your fingers to tap the wall until you can hear a solid reverberation instead of a hollow one. You may also use a stud finder. Once you find a sharper sound, tap each side to ensure it sounds hollow. If this happens, then you have located the framing.

Next, use the drywall screws to re-attach the loosened drywall to the framing. Place each screw 2 to 3 inches above and below the nail pop. Then use your hammer to depress the nail pop back into the wall. Do this step gently as to not put a hole or dent in the wall.

Use the drywall knife to scrap away any excess drywall material that has flaked or crumbled off. Then use the drywall mud to cover the screw heads in the wall. Two coats should do the trick. Follow the instructions or look for online tutorials on how to apply drywall mud.

Repair Water Damaged Ceilings

Step 1 – Locate

The first step involves making sure you properly locate all areas where the leak may be coming from. This step is crucial for ensuring all possible holes are located to be taken care of. Otherwise the risk for leaks in the future increases.

You should be able to identify and stop the water source fairly easy. This step is very important. Failure to do so might increase the water damaged ceiling repair cost by a big margin. If a person is not able to identify the source of water, all the repairs will be in vain.

Step 2 – Drying

This next step involves drying the water damaged areas. Before commencing this procedure, ensure you protect both your furniture and floor by spreading tarps over them. A person can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to dry the ceiling. It is advisable to clean both the interior and exterior of the ceiling.

This step might involve stabbing through the saturated ceiling for water to pour down. This process is very crucial as it helps prevents molds from both spreading and forming. The water cleanup process is very important as it helps eliminate the possibility of molds developing.

Don’t forget to remove the damaged parts of the ceiling. Damaged ceilings can be either loose or bulging. Such ceiling parts should be scraped out. A person can use various home equipment; ranging from knives and paint scrapers to remove the damaged parts.

After all water has been let to drip from the affected areas, use a couple fans and air dry the damaged ceiling until completely dry.

Step 3 – Repair

The next step involves preparing the ceiling for painting. Some heavy repair of drywall may be needed at this step. First cover all holes with the same material used for your ceiling if need be. Next apply any textures needed to blend in the ceiling pattern.

Use a sandpaper to smooth over the ridges between the clean and affected regions.

Step 4 – Paint

Lastly, a person should apply a primer coating on any repaired or stained drywall. You should give the primer coat time to dry out. Second coat might be necessary; depending on the visibility of the stain.

Now if this whole process seems beyond your level of expertise, or simply not worth the time and headache, call an experienced restoration specialist. They will have all the tools and qualifications to flawlessly take care of any water extraction, and renovations.

Costs of Repair

I’m sure you would like to know how much a renovation like this could cost. Before even mentioning ceiling leak repair costs, it is important to understand that this is dependent on the scope of the problem.

The damage and costs can increase dramatically the longer the water sits without repair. This can be due to the immediate formation of molds that occur with humid dark environments. It is therefore important to react quickly before the damages compound with the possibility of needing to purchase a new ceiling all together.

Wheelchair Accessible

• At each home entrance you need to build a wheelchair ramp. Some homes have sufficient room to make a ramp but if not you could hire a professional home remodeling contractor to install a vertical platform lift at each entrance. It is a good idea to include a cover over the ramp, a non-slip surface, and handrails.
• For stairways you should install a stairway lift. This is a great alternative if you live in a two-story house because it is cheaper to install the lift than it is to move. When installing a stair lift you need to make sure that it swivels so it is easier to get in and out of. There are stair lifts on the market that will even operate when you lose power in your home.
• Make sure that the thresholds and floors are easy to get over with a wheelchair. The main problem that homeowners see when have a wheelchair bound person in their home is the thick carpet. If it is possible your entire home should have hardwood or tile floors throughout the house. You could also opt to replace your carpet with low-pile carpeting. If the thresholds are the problem you could install short rubber ramps. If there are any exposed cords on the floor you will need to remove them
• Another home remodeling job that will need to be done is widening any doorways that are narrow. By doing this the person who is wheelchair confined will be able to remove freely about in any area or room in the house. Doing this could involve taking doors off, reversing how the door opens in some instances, and removing door frames. Every doorknob should be lowered to make them easy to reach. You can also install an automatic door opener. These should be done by a professional home remodeling contractor.
• You will also need to make sure that both your kitchen and bathroom are accessible. In the bathroom you may consider a walk-in tub or in a shower you may have to lower the showerhead. In the kitchen you have to make sure that the appliances and sinks are accessible and may have to lower the countertop.