Drying it up

Take action to get the moisture out of your basement

 

Cutline: What once was a moldy, damp basement was converted into a stylish home office by Cherry Creek Construction.

By Sam Holcomb
In 1973, before I was born and back when Richard Nixon was president, the average newly built American home was just over 1,600 square feet. Today that number is over 2,600, and according to a U.S. Census Bureau report issued in 2015, is expected to grow. Larger kitchens, master suites and separate playrooms and laundry rooms have contributed to this rise and have led to a level of comfort and convenience not seen previously in residential home design.
But what if you live in a home built in 1973? And what if you’re not planning to build a new house? Don’t you also want more living space? One possibility is to build an addition—a fantastic option, but an option that requires you have the space and budget to do so. But in the U.P., there is often the option of finishing your basement as away of adding square footage. And this, too, is a great option, unless of course your basement has a water issue. And according to the American Society of Home Inspectors, this is a problem for…

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