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Create a Log Cabin Feel in Your Basement

If you have a large basement to refinish and are looking for a unique décor, consider the log cabin look. This look is encouraged for those with a walk out basement in Illinois or Wisconsin because of the surrounding woodsy feel. The cement block unfinished walls and flooring make this the perfect space to combined rustic nature feel with modern architecture and design.

Before you begin any work it is important to check two problems. First is to make sure your basement is a dry space. If you notice a moist feeling or musty smell you may have mold. Second, make sure your walls are plumb. If the walls are bowed or are out of plumb, you’ll need to build a stud wall in front of the masonry wall. Both areas can be taken care of by your home improvement specialist before they begin the actual basement refinishing.

To get the wooden cabin feel cover your walls with pine tongue-and-groove siding. Tongue-and-groove siding is a versatile material. It can be used indoors or outdoors, rough side or smooth side, and it can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, all of which allow you the opportunity to decide on the pattern and look you would like for your room. For authentic ideas and suggestions it is a good idea to contact your log home builder. Whatever design you decide upon, one thing is for certain. This siding will instantly warm up the space with the log-cabin look that you love. If your ceilings are high enough, you can carry the log cabin theme onto them by installing wooden beams across the ceiling.

Of course, no log cabin is complete without a fireplace. A stone-and- wood fireplace makes a perfect focal point for the room. Installing a fire place takes careful consideration and planning which is why it is a job best left to home improvement specialist. Fireplaces can be built in a variety of sizes and styles, no matter how much wall space you have to offer a fireplace will help warm up the room and set a cozy ambiance for those cold fall and winter evenings.

Don’t forget to choose your flooring too. Carpet is always a safe choice for basements, but a better cabin-like look would be an engineered wood floor. Engineered wood is safe for basements, and you can choose from many different types of wood for the exact look you want.

Because of our experience in log home construction and restoration, as well as basement finishing, projects like this are perfect for the home improvement specialist here at FS Builders. We also specialize in steel building constructiondeck building and home remodeling. Call us today at (262) 843-4496 to learn more about any of our services or to discuss what we can do for your Illinois or Wisconsin home.

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