Over the past few decades, American homes have changed when it comes to basements. Gone are the days of the dark, dank area where Mom decended to store homemade preserves and canned beans or to do the laundry. Today's homes include the basement as part of the "liveable" square footage.
It is the same with attics, which in the past were just for storing Aunt Lily's travel trunk, discarded toys, and pieces of furniture no longer in fashion.
By transforming the unused space in your home, you gained areas for new activities such as a work out room, a built-in bar for parties, a home theater complete with surround sound, a home office, a crafts or sewing room, a comfy family room when the teens have friends over, or an extra bedroom for when the in-laws visit.
There are items to be considered when transforming a basement:
For an attic remodel, consider these items:
Give us a call and we'd be happy to take a look at your hidden spaces: 603-329-5099.
Getting the lead out: New EPA lead paint rules in effect since April 2010
Beginning in April 2010, federal law now requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
It's all about the children. They aren't born with the innate knowledge to not snack on paint chips around window trim. They don't know the repercussions of putting paint chips and anything else containing lead into their mouths. And remodeling and renovation can cause lead paint to deteriorate into deadly lead dust. Unfortunately, lead can cause everything from brain and nerve damage, to behavioral and learning problems, to slowed growth and issues with their hearing, to simple headaches.
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.