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basement retrofit plans

Got a cold room that doesn’t work well for food storage? Download these plans and see how to make your space into a mini root cellar.


Ventilation in a basement is sometimes good, but sometimes very bad.

Basement Finishing

Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, shares insight and tips towards finishing your basement.


Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, tries to help guide a homeowner suffering from a leaky basement toward a dry solution.

Why You Should Sandwich Subfloor Between Concrete and Vinyl Flooring

Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, explains why a subfloor is important between concrete and vinyl flooring in a basement.

Suggestions from Steve Maxwell on how to achieve a constant temperature in a wine cellar with properly insulated walls.


Steve offers up a variety of options to combat basement condensation concerns.

Like in Life Little Things Make Big Differences in Home Renovations

Steve Maxwell blogs about a basement renovation which teaches us to use a little more diligence and a little less cost cutting.

How Cutting Corners And Carelessness Can Lead to Calamity

Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, explains how a contractor cutting costs and corners can snowball into disasters with one basement as an example.

Warm, Dry, Comfortable Basement Floors

OVRx opens eyes to better basement building and renovating, as demonstrated in this video by Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man.