Design Ideas for Basements (2nd Edition)

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Design Ideas for Basements presents hundreds of ideas for turning a basement into stylish, comfortable living space. It also provides the information a homeowner needs to know before embarking on the project, including advice regarding permits, how to tackle moisture issues, providing light and access, and camouflaging the furnace and pipes.Many examples of finished projects are featured: media and game rooms, home theaters, laundry facilities, offices, wine cellars, guest quarters, familiy rooms, built-in ...
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Overview

Design Ideas for Basements presents hundreds of ideas for turning a basement into stylish, comfortable living space. It also provides the information a homeowner needs to know before embarking on the project, including advice regarding permits, how to tackle moisture issues, providing light and access, and camouflaging the furnace and pipes.Many examples of finished projects are featured: media and game rooms, home theaters, laundry facilities, offices, wine cellars, guest quarters, familiy rooms, built-in storage and closet, plus and more.
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With their openness, small windows, moisture, and exposed pipes and heaters, basements can pose many design problems. However, since refurbishing a basement can cost about half the price of adding an above-ground room, there is ample incentive to use this area. Kalyn addresses all of these concerns and offers the knowledge and design sense to make a basement into a magnificent, stylish area. Flooring, wall, window, door, and lighting options are provided, as are a variety of room uses, from a traditional family room to a sauna or spa. Throughout, Kalyn discusses safety, furnishings, code requirements, and solutions to design challenges. Minimal information is given for do-it-yourselfers, but plenty of practical advice for basement refurbishing is found, which recommends this book for any public library where there is an interest. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580114240
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: Design Ideas
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 355,478
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Kalyn is a freelance writer and editor. Previously, he was Editorial Director of Health Books at Reader's Digest, as well as the Project Editor of 1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints and Tips (Reader's Digest Books). He was also the Senior Editor at Men's Journal Magazine.

Wayne Kalyn is a graduate of Syracuse University. He lives in Cranford, NJ.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Ch. 1. Laundry and Storage
Laundry RoomsMudroomsStorage IdeasCh 2. Exercise & Game Rooms

Home-fitness CenterGame Rooms

Ch 3.Media Rooms

Media EquipmentIt's Show Time

Ch 4.Fun Spaces

Kids' Play SpaceHobby SpaceGathering Spots

Ch 5.Wine Storage and Bars

Wine CellarsWet bars

Ch 6. Architectural Elements

Neat IdeasStairwaysIt's in the Details

Ch 7. Personal Space

An Extra Half BathAn Additional Full BathLighting and VentilationSaunas

Ch 8. Workshops

Making PlansWorkbenchesTool Storage

Ch 9.Making it Home

Light + WarmthCozy KitchensRelaxation

Ch 10. Home Offices

A Place for BusinessIlluminating IdeasSavvy Storage

Resource Guide

Glosssary

Index

Photo Credits

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Great Resource for Ideas

    Creative Homeowner publishes several books on the topic of home improvement and decorating. This one ranks up there as one of my favorite. I have given copies of this book to several friends because a common topic seems to be basement improvement in this tight economy. The book offers great pictures and touches upon ideas for creating usable space in a basement. I give it low marks for detail - but this is not a negative to me. The book serves the purpose of sparking ideas, showing with pictures examples of a topic, and then leaving further research up to the Reader. If check lists of materials, blue prints, and such were included then the book would be massive and they would have to offer fewer ideas. As a book to view nice pictures of finished ideas and a place to formulate ideas - this book is wonderful. You will then need to take your ideas to a "next level" with a Contractor, Decorator, or other Resource. I highly recommend this book and it makes a terrific gift.

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