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by Adrienne Petterson 2004

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Basements - Your Guide to Planning and Remodeling
Better Homes and Gardens (Meredith Books)
ISBN 0-696-20897-0
Published April 1999 - Softcover - 112 pages - $12.95

This book was published before the other Better Homes and Gardens book, "Basement Planner", so you'll see a couple of the same ideas.  Again, whether you are looking to transform your basement into a living area (see page 13 for spaceousness), a gym, a workshop, office, or family room, there are lots of ideas to choose from.  They seem to have thought about everything as they cover building costs (now outdated I would imagine) and materials.  Even if you just need some more storage space, both of the Basement books will come in handy.  I liked the design ideas at the back of the book with plans and then a finished graphic.  This book also has templates so you can put together your own design in the "Room-arranging kit".  I also liked the fabulous windows on page 51, the olde worlde kitchen on page 81, and the sunken patio on page 78.
Conclusion - Very interesting and great ideas to copy.


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