“My basement windows are nasty!” Ellen said to me on a recent appointment. The reality is when people talk about their basement windows the adjectives they use are not flattering (they’re drafty, ugly, bug-infested, rotten and unsafe are just a few examples). Whether you’re in the middle of a basement remodeling project or just want to make your lower level space more secure, energy efficient or better looking – fixing old, deteriorating basement windows can be a good investment. The article below highlights practical tips I shared with Ellen to fix the biggest problems associated with basement windows.
Sure – man-caves are cool – but why limit lower level living space to guys? For Sarah and Joe Chaulk of Alexandria Ohio (a rural area outside Columbus) two factors contributed to their transformational basement remodeling project. First and foremost was to have a place for their adult daughter to sleep (beyond a air mattress) when she visits from Cincinnati. Second – they needed to fix their wet basement (which had recently flooded) to provide a fun space which could be enjoyed by the whole family. In the article below learn how Sarah and Joe (along with their expert craftsman and contractors Randy and Mike) started literally from the ground up to transform a musty basement into a contemporary, fun and functional lower level living space.
Does your basement currently look and feel like a dungeon? It may only be October, but if you’ve taken a look at the latest winter weather outlook, you know that cold, snow-filled days aren’t far away for many parts of the country. If your basement is home to old, drafty single-pane windows, you have big decisions to make that could have a major impact on your wallet on both a short and long term basis. Innovate Building Solutions currently has glass block basement window replacement options that can prevent your monthly energy bill from haunting you all winter long.
Right now, your basement is filled with boxes, and tools, and toys…oh my! But if you can look past the collecting dust on the old furniture that you’ve been stashing away, you will see a space full of potential for a family fun room or a great getaway for dad. While remodeling the basement might seem overwhelming at first, finding a great contractor to work with can relieve the weight of stress from your shoulders. Cleveland Design and Remodeling, a division of Innovate Building Solutions, can assist you with developing a plan that will meet your expectations, all while staying within your budget!
Aside from offering fun and functionality to the basement, home owners in Akron and Cleveland will find that remodeling the unused or underutilized space adds tremendous value, both to the property and to their social lives, either as a family or through entertaining friends. Remodeling the basement also allows home owners to upsize their current home without being forced to find a more spacious new one. Utilizing basement space is also a very cost effective alternative to doing a new room addition.
If you want to give the man in your life a gift he will never forget this Father’s Day, consider making a plan to create a room in your basement that’s filled with things for him to enjoy. Man caves are a popular choice for basement remodeling in the Cleveland area, and can include all of dad’s favorite features—from large flat screen TVs, to cozy oversized couches, to pool tables, to wet bars—the possibilities and customization options are endless!
At Cleveland Design and Remodeling, we work with home owners, interior designers and architects to bring your basement remodeling vision to life. Be sure to check out our online gallery of photos for ideas and inspiration, or follow Innovate Building Solutions on Pinterest. For more information about our company or to get a free estimate, call us at 216-658-1270. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy Father’s Day!
After Glass Block Church Windows at St James Episcopal Church with Composite Trim Board
Let’s face it – single pane wood framed windows have a lot of pitfalls – they are poor insulators, can be broken into easily and the frames surrounding the sashes deteriorate over time. Transform Construction contacted the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions to find a long lasting and high quality solution for this problem. The old basement windows to be replaced were part of a basement renovation for St. James Episcopal Church. Learn below the advantages of glass block church windows and the installation approach used to ensure these windows last over time.
Before - single pane wood framed windows at St. James Episcopal Church in Columbus Ohio before glass blocks were installed
Glass block vented basement windows for improved ventilation
If your basement has a damp, musty or moldy smell that makes you want to get out of there as soon as possible you likely have a ventilation problem. In fact according to the Environmental Protection Agency the air inside a home can be 3 to 5 times more polluted than the outside air.
Since basements provide a cost effective way to add space to a home without the large expense of a room addition the time to make a basement healthier can be when you do a basement remodeling project. In the article below you’ll learn the advantages of getting more air flow and air changes in a lower level space and also some of the most popular options to accomplish this objective.
In the old days when you decided to remodel a basement it usually was remodeled into what most people called a rec room with a wide open space with a drop ceiling with 2’ x 4’ lay in lights resembling what you see in an office. Well make room for the exciting (and multi-purpose) ways basements are being redone today. Learn below 7 distinctive rooms you can create in your home to make it more stylish, functional and fun!
If you’ve got old single pane metal or wood framed basement windows that are driving up your heating and cooling costs and could be targets for vandals you’re not alone. Improving your basement, man cave or rec room with glass block windows or acrylic block windows may be the answer to your problems. To guide your decision between these two choices watch the video and read the article below to learn the answers to 7 frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to help you through this project.
Pool house room addition with serpentine glass block shower wall
When the Mills family starting thinking about a creating a unique and functional pool house bathroom they were looking for construction products with style and substance. Working together with Larry Harp and Jon Innis of L & J Contractors of Cookville Tennessee (a high end builder and remodeler) the Mills family identified products to make a one of kind bathroom design that were also “smart” (meaning they provided long term ease of maintenance and kept costs down over the long run). Learn more below about the products used in this 1,800 square foot room addition project.