Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

Basement Ideas

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Do you have an unfinished basement that you have thought of finishing? Many homeowners have a basement that they choose to finish for various reasons. You could potentially gain equity in your home by making improvements. The options for the space are endless.  What could you use the extra space for in your own home?

The new space can be single or multi use depending on how much space is available. If the size is smaller, keep the use to single in order to keep from feeling cramped. If space is not an issue, you may want several rooms or a space that provides multiple uses. For example, turn the space into guest quarters with a laundry room for an added bonus in the home.

One option is to turn the basement into a media center or theater room. These rooms are great for families because it serves as a second living room. You have the option to buy a big screen television or install a screen and use a projector to give the space a real theater like feel. Seating can be groupings of furniture or actual theater seating. Who wouldn’t want to show this space off to guests? A media room is a way to do just that. It is also a good space for entertaining children.

A game room or Man Cave is another option for a space to entertain guests. Turning a basement into a game room can consist of a pool table or vintage video games. For a Man Cave, consider adding a bar and themed decorating. Either option will allow peace to reign upstairs while louder fun stays downstairs.

Single use spaces can have dual functions. For example, add a full bath to the media or game room and it could be converted to guest quarters at night. Add a pullout sofa bed or a comfortable couch. If your space is large, consider adding multiple rooms that function with the rest of the home.

Each of these ideas will add value to your home, whether you are thinking about staying or moving.  Visit our Design Center for a few ideas to help get you motivated!  

Pete the Pro Episode 7 — Working the Grid

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Continue in the Pete the Pro series as Pete shows how to work the grid set down previously.


Pete The Pro Video Series — Working the Grid – YouTube

Pete continues his series in Part 7: Working the Grid. If you are overwhelmed by tile, Pete will show you the process from beginning to end. Pete Lettecci ak…

 

 

Pete the Pro Episode 6

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Continue with Pete as he shows you how to start a grid pattern. Don’t forget to go back and start his series from the beginning…

Pete the Pro Episode 1


Pete The Pro Video Series Start Grid – YouTube

In his continuing series, Pete shows the correct way to start a grid pattern. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Sinc…

 

Pete the Pro Episode 5

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Make sure to watch this episode of Pete the Pro!  There’s no one like Pete to bring a straightforward explanation to you and make your project easier.


Pete The Pro Video Series Starting The Tile Straight – YouTube

Pete shows how to start your tile project and ensure that the tile is straight. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Si…

 

Pete the Pro Episode 2

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If you enjoyed last week’s episode with Pete the Pro, be sure to watch episode 2, Underlayment.  Pete packs a huge amount of information into a short video!

Please let us know if you have any questions about underlayment, or you can ask Pete the Pro. If you would like to attend a seminar given by Pete, see the schedule of installation seminars.


Pete The Pro Video Series Underlayment – YouTube

Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training Century’s staff and…

 

Pete the Pro on YouTube!

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Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training Century’s staff and conducting 240 customer installation training seminars each year. In his free time Pete responds to customer inquiries and tests potential new tools, setting materials and products.

Have questions? Ask Pete the Pro.

Check out where Pete will be this month at Pete’s seminar link.

Want to install your own tile? Do it with the guidance from Pete The Pro Installation videos, now on YouTube.


Pete The Pro Video Series Episode 1 Tearout – YouTube

Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training Century’s staff and…

 

Tips For Renters Part 2

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#5-8  Advice on pests, parking, furniture and appliances, home improvements.

Continuing our series, find here the next five pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily! Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 of Tips For Renters!

  1. Ask about pest control.  Many landlords will cover the cost of pest control because it is in the best interest of the property. But if they don’t, you could end up with a costly problem. You don’t want to end up sharing a bed with 16 spiders. Also ask about wildlife in the area if you have small children or pets.
  2. Inquire about parking. Is there a garage or car port to protect your vehicle from the elements? Or, is it street parking? Are spaces reserved or first come first serve? Find out if parking is an additional cost. Once you know how parking is handled, make a mental note of the furthest potential distance between your car and your potential home. Is it a long way, and does it include stairs or an elevator? You’ll be making the walk on a daily basis so give it thought.  If it’s the dead of winter or your carrying eight bags of groceries, two blocks will feel like a mile and stairs will feel like a form of punishment.
  3. Before visiting properties, make a list of large items you own so can determine if they will fit. Places often seem bigger or smaller than they really are. Once you know, you can plan to sell anything that won’t fit before you move so that you don’t have to move it.
  4. Determine home improvement changes you may want to make so you can ask if they are allowed. A lot of landlords these days are totally open to cosmetic changes such as flooring, paint, and fixtures as long as you pay for them and get permission first. Some landlords will even deduct the cost from the rent in exchange for you coordinating the upgrade. If you decide to paint, schedule a time prior to your move-in to do so. It is far easier to paint an empty room! To get the most out of your investment, choose upgrades that are easily removed and transported to your next home. For example, light fixtures, bathroom hardware, and temporary flooring.

Next read guidelines #9-12.  Leave us a comment telling us the most awesome rental fix-up idea you ever used to improve your space!