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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Basement Finishing: Think In Broader Terms With These Options

by Nicholas Jenkins

A basement can be many things to many people. Mostly, people just use their basements for storage. Others like to "finish" basements to transform them into more usable space than just storage. Here are some ideas to get you started for your basement finish.

Food Cellar

Before basements were just basements, they were food cellars. People would store everything from canned goods to meat (unpleasant, we know) in their food cellars. The space underground was cool, and helped prevent rot. If you thoroughly clean up your basement, re-cement the walls, spray for pests, and erect shelves all around, you can have a food cellar too. As for meat, instead of salting it and dropping it in barrels to store it, you can just store it in your freezer chest (or chests, if you want more than one).


Sleeping in a basement is not for everyone. Teenagers are a little more excited about it because it gives them more privacy. Yet, the idea is often a little too creepy for most. However, adding a tile ceiling, wood walls, paint, carpeting, and furniture makes it a little more homey. Be sure to follow building regulations regarding egress windows so that anyone sleeping in the basement has a safe escape route in the event of a fire.


Basements are often the primary place to set up a workshop when you cannot set up a workshop outside the house and on your property. To define the boundaries of your workshop from the rest of the basement, construct walls around the area where your power tools and workbenches are. Add a door you can lock if you do not want anyone else in your workshop when you are not present. Now it is the perfect "man cave" or "she shed."


Homeschooling children is no slice of pie. You need to isolate the kids from distractions around the house and keep them on target. To do that, you can transform your basement into a classroom. With the bareness of the gray concrete walls and floor, there is not much else to distract the kids. Add some desks, a wipe-off board and/or chalkboard, and school supplies and you are ready to home-school the kids.

Doomsday Prep Cellar

There is nothing wrong with being well-prepared. A basement is idea for doomsday prepping because you can store gallons and gallons of water and a ton of food in this space. All you need are several cabinets, shelves, and some pallets for storing heavier boxes of goods.