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Archive >> January 2008

Jan 15

On Becoming a Cellar Dweller

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: renovation

I am trying to figure out how to make the basement a livable space. The partial earth covering 4-7 feet of the front and side of the foundation needs to be excavated and moisture proofed before backfilling. Instead would in be a reasonable proposition to remove the soil and add four windows across the bottom of the house for a two-story look? There are homes in Longwood Acres that were built with windows and very little earth against the home..


Basement space is GREAT space to recapture for finished living area! Some of these conversions are quite simple, while others do indeed become more

Jan 02

Question Me an Answer - Remodeling Porn

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: remodeling
Surfing the remodeling industry blogosphere, I found this thought-provoking post on Remodeling Magazine’s website blog.

The topic is certainly of interest to remodelers and prospective remodeling homeowners alike, so I thought I’d share it with you, Dear Readers.  My short answer to the question (THAT is out of character for me!), is that HGTV and the like have been both wonderful (spurring interest) and horrible (let’s just say that many of us refer to it as “remodeling pornography”) for our industry.  Read on….


Can I put hardwood floors in my kitchen and entryway for $1,000? And get new
Jan 02

Getting Decked-Out

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: DIY, decks
Dear AskMason:

My wife and I are planning to build a new deck soon. It seems like salt-treated wood is not used too much anymore. Why? We have heard about and seen Trex, as well as Ipe and other materials. We’re confused! Which is the best??

John in Goochland


Advance congratulations on your upcoming improvements! A deck is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Central Virginia!

I love your question for two reasons: 1) Obviously, the deck material inquiry is one we deal-with regularly – there are SO many options. 2) The premise, “which is the best?” may apply to any of a number of

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