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What is the Difference Between a Basement and a Cellar?

The terms basement and cellar are often used interchangeably, but there are some distinctions between them. They can vary in terms of their use, whether they are finished or unfinished, and perhaps most importantly, whether they are partially or fully submerged. The difference between a …

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What Do Dotted Lines Mean on a Floor Plan?

When reviewing floor plans you may have come across portions of the drawing that are shown with dotted or dashed lines. After seeing them, you may wonder what they represent and why they are illustrated differently from other lines on the architectural or engineering plan. …

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Can You Pour New Concrete Over Old Concrete?

Whether it’s interior flooring or an outdoor concrete deck, concrete surfaces experience wear-and-tear and often need repairs and maintenance. One available solution to surface-repair is to add new concrete on top of the old one, but should you? You can add new concrete to an …

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What Should a Floor Plan Include?

Floor plans are one of the most referenced diagrams in a set of architectural drawings. They are the starting point for understanding the design intent of a home or other building structure. Various types of plans are often included in a drawing set, but for …

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Is Hemlock a Good Building Material?

Planning a building project presents you with many options and decisions to make. Lumber and materials are just one thing to consider. That said, you may be considering using hemlock wood for your next home project, but should you?  Hemlock is a good building material …

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Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos Tiles

Asbestos tiles were a popular choice for ceilings and flooring in the past, but it is no longer in use in modern construction. Why did the material lose its allure and what should you do if you live in a home with asbestos tiles? Asbestos …