Remodeling a Basement: Revised Edition Paperback – Jan 5 2010
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About the Author
Roger German has been a builder and contractor for 30 years. During that time he has built, renovated, and restored numerous porches, three-season rooms, and sunrooms and been a certified installer of PGT sunrooms. Roger is the author of "Remodeling a Basement," published by the Taunton Press. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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The treatment of the subject and necessary details is in-depth, but broken down and presented in such a way that anyone with a modicum of common sense can understand and apply it to their own basement. I've found that many of the tricks of the trade he gives are also applicable to projects spanning other parts of the house, making this a great book for anyone interested in remodeling any part of their home. I would have liked to see an entire chapter on sound proofing your basement (I have three hellions who keep us up until late hours of the night with their shenanigans downstairs), but this is a very minor, and personal, gripe. The plethora of pictures and diagrams are great, as are the "Pro Tips", which cover a lot of things missed by similar books on the subject. My basement turned out beautifully, it's too bad I can't post pictures here. Good luck with your own projects.
i'm an on and off handyman and diy car mech. with prof. training, i finished only 10 basements. this book is for those already experienced and not afraid to move piping, plumbing or electrical wires around. knowing how to use a drill and mitre saw (power tools), hand tools, measuring tools is important. jigs are a bonus.
what this book lacked was the prevention of mold/mildew that may develop years later - regarding wall insulation. also, bringing the cold air return down to floor level would help keep heating costs down over the Winter months. Add a second cold air return near the bottom of the stairs because cold air will come down from the first floor...thereby making your basement even colder in the Winter months.
Adding an extra heat register won't negatively affect the overall flow in the home. you might run into relatives/friends who turn the heat down in the whole house because they want to save heating costs and they hardly use the basement. they hardly use the basement because of the poor ventilation! no one would want to enter a cold, dark, dingy basement...these HVAC changes work...hot air rises and cold air decends...nothing new here.
Maybe mention up-to-date materials on the market...including cork or leather floors. dri-core sub-floor.
i would definetely recommend this book. I'm a father with 2 little ones running around and I give myself 6-8 months to finish 1,000sqft. basement without a washroom... just one large area. to reduce risk, i'll be hiring an electrician (even though i can do it to code, myself).Read more ›
My criticism, and my reason for 4 stars, is that his story on insulation flies in the face of recent thinking about the dangers of mold in basement insulation. I suggest reading "Insulate and Weatherize" by Bruce Harley, or "Renovating Old Houses" by George Nash, or look at the buildingscience.com web site, for more information. I urge Mr German to update his book with a better discussion of insulation, mold and vapor barriers, the most mind-bending aspect of home improvement that I have been able to find.
The book also talks about water-proofing on page 46-47. I haven't seen this approach elsewhere, and I'm disappointed not to see discussion of external drain mats and so on. Every book says you have to keep plants away from the house. Well I and I suspect others can't do that and stay married, so I'll probably end up building a watertight flower box above a drain mat. This might be a good project to add to a second edition of the book.
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Great book. Covers all the aspects of a basement renovation. Very helpful.Published 3 months ago by Henry Vanderkant
Read it cover to cover in one day.
Great source of info. Great tips inside.
its ok but everything is US based so Canadian building requirements is different. I think Mike Holmes books would be a better choice for Canadians.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband is doing renovations to our basement, so this cam very very handy when he was doing the walls, and flooring.This is a must have book!Published on April 16 2014 by Luxx22