Category: Basements

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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Home Theater: Which Flat Panel TV is Right for your Space?

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15 Mar

Here we are a little over one month removed from the Super Bowl, and with the start of March Madness I've begun thinking about my flat screen HDTV. Some of the folks we sit with and present our basement finishing system to, are looking to convert their basement into a TV room or in some cases a full blown Man Cave!…

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What is an Egress Window and do I need one?

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20 Dec

E·GRESS: a means or place of going out, an exit. An egress window is a window large enough, as defined by local business codes for entry or exit in case of an emergency. These are typically required when finishing a basement and are paired with an Egress Well with attached ladder or steps for easy escape. Window well escape systems…

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The Dangers of Mold and Mildew

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20 Dec

Molds in the Environment Molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. Outdoors, molds play a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Molds belong to the kingdom Fungi, and unlike plants, they lack chlorophyll and must survive by digesting plant materials, using plant and other organic materials for food.…

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