Category: Basements

Help prevent flooding in your home from torrential rain

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24 Aug

When rain comes in like the tropical storms and hurricanes that can batter Long Island, flooding is common. Streets, buildings and homes can become filled with pools of water that can cause millions of dollars in damage. Here are a few tips to help prevent flood damage in your home, on your property and in your finished basement.Make sure your…

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3 reasons why homeowners finish their basements

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07 Jan

Those who seek more space in their home may not have to look further than their basements. Finished basements have become a popular way to gain extra space, add resale value and keep homes modern. In as little as two weeks, your basement can turn into a beautifully designed room that can serve multiple purposes. Greg Griffin, basement designer at Alure Home…

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Everything you need to know about converting your basement into a gym

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30 Sep

One of the biggest challenges that comes with staying in shape is simply getting yourself to the gym. But what if you had one in your very own home? A basement is an ideal space for gym equipment, as it has strong floors that can support the weight of the equipment. Converting this area of your home into a personal workout center…

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5 tips for renovating your basement when relatives are moving in

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02 Sep

It's not uncommon for multiple generations to live under one roof. Alure Home Improvements' design expert Greg Griffin explained that remodeling your basement to accommodate your parents or relatives isn't just normal, but can actually end up being a positive in multiple ways. When you turn your basement into an extra bedroom, apartment or living space, you're able to bring your…

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Transform your basement into a versatile space for the whole family

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20 Jun

In many homes, basements just collect boxes and dust. Aside from the occasional storage or maintenance need, these massive areas can go unused and families will miss out on hundreds of additional square feet of livable, usable space to enjoy. Luckily, people can finish their basements to transform the cold, dark concrete room into an extension of the rest of…

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How to utilize your unfinished basement space

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28 May

Basement Finishing One of our basement designers, Greg Griffin, just finished an basement for one of our clients. Approaching this basement remodel, the homeowner sought to take advantage of the existing unfinished space and create additional living space with something to offer every member of the household. The scope of what was to be included in this "multi-use" room was…

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Explore different uses when finishing your basement

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21 Apr

If you're considering finishing a basement in your home, there are a lot of exciting possibilities to explore. For many families, finishing the basement is a chance to utilize a space that's been unoccupied or not being used to its potential. A finished basement can transform a cold, dark concrete room into a warm and welcoming spot where families can entertain or…

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What to do if your basement starts flooding

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10 Apr

Spring is a beautiful time for many homeowners. It's an opportunity to get outside, work on the garden, keep up your landscape and play in the yard with the kids. But the torrential rain that makes your lawn green and your garden grow can also lead to some serious flooding in your basement. Homes in floodplains or near certain bodies…

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Fitting the Owens Corning Basement Finishing System to a Customer’s Needs

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04 Jun

We recently submitted a basement project to HGTV for a campaign they were running. They were asking for a project that changed a homeowner's unused space into something great that could be used for years to come. Below is a description from the basement designer of how Alure was able to create an amazing space in the basement for Todd…

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The Dangers of Black Mold in Basements

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26 Oct

Any type of mold in a home can cause serious health issues in those who are at risk but one of the most dangerous types is Stachybotrys chartarum. Although Stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold as it is commonly known, can be found almost anywhere in a home, the basement is particularly susceptible to its insidious growth. This is due to…

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