Complete Idiot's Guide to Finishing Your Basement Illustrated

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Penguin, 2003 - House & Home - 207 pages
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This step-by-step, fully illustrated guide takes do-it-yourselfers through the process of designing, planning, and executing the finishing or remodeling of a basement-one of the most rewarding and popular home improvement projects for today's budget-conscious homeowners.
  

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Contents

Expanding Your Home
5
What Is a Basement?
6
Basement Types
7
Basement Construction
8
Popular Basement Remodeling Ideas
9
Creative Basement Ideas
18
Who Does the Work?
19
Finding Space
21
Adding Electrical Service
92
Calculating Requirements
94
Installing Subs
95
Running Wire
96
Installing Fixtures and Switches
97
Installing Other Wire
102
Finishing Ceilings
105
Before Closing the Ceiling
106

Minimum Size
22
Minimum Height
23
Other Minimums
24
Posts and Support
26
Measuring Your Basement
27
Height
28
Floors
29
Drainage
30
Designing Your Space
33
Determining Requirements
35
Making Rough Plans
36
Drawing Finished Plans
37
Making Plans
39
Budgeting Your Project
43
Smart Planning
44
Mow Much Could It Cost?
45
Estimating Costs
46
Cash
47
Mortgages
48
About Liens
49
How Inconvenient?
50
What If?
51
Permits and Preparation
53
Remodeling Sequence
54
Contractors and Subs
56
Suppliers
57
Preparing for Construction
59
Radon
60
Sealing Your Basement
61
Remodeling Your Basement
63
Structural Remodeling
65
Concrete
66
Wood
68
Installing New Walls
70
Installing Doors and Windows
72
Prehung Doors and Windows
73
Plumbing Your Basement
79
Extending Pipe
80
Selecting Piping
81
Installing Supply Lines
82
Installing Drain Lines
83
Installing Fixtures
86
Installing Toilets
87
Installing HVAC
88
Independent Systems
89
Wiring and Lighting
91
Installing Ceilings
107
Installing Suspended Ceilings
112
Finishing Walls
115
Selecting Insulation
118
LooseFill Insulation
119
Other Insulating Stuff
122
Installing Doors and Windows
123
Installing Paneling
124
Installing Trim
125
Remodeling Floors
129
Sizing
130
Preparing the Subfloor
131
Leveling
132
Installing Flooring
133
Installing Wood Flooring
136
Installing Vinyl Flooring
138
Installing Tile Flooring
139
Installing Carpeting
140
Finishing Flooring
142
Decorating Your Basement
145
Painting or Wallpapering Your Basement
147
Selecting Paints
148
Selecting Tools
151
Preparing Surfaces for Paint
152
Painting Drywall
153
Wallpapering
154
Adding Trim
155
Furnishing Your Basement
157
Selecting Cabinets
159
Setting Cabinets
160
Installing Countertops
162
Placing Furniture
163
Installing Entertainment Systems
166
Installing Business Furniture
167
Final Touches
169
Selecting Components
170
Installation Steps
171
Installing Telephone Systems
172
Installing Wireless Systems
173
Decorating Your Basement
174
Enjoying Your Basement
177
Basement Remodeling Glossary
179
Basement Remodeling Resources
193
Index
201
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About the author (2003)

Dan Ramsey is a licensed general building contractor with many years of experience helping others reach their home remodeling goals. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Building Your Own Home and dozens of other how-to titles for consumers as well as professional builders.

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