By Matthew Paymar, Phil Schmidt

Black & Decker the entire consultant to Attics & Basements is the ideal booklet for owners who want extra dwelling house yet aren't capable or keen to maneuver to a bigger domestic or construct a pricey room addition. greater than seventy five% of houses have unfinished area in an attic or basement, simply anticipating an inventive contact, and this booklet will express readers tips on how to convert that territory into functional dwelling house. Armed with this e-book, owners could be in a position to upload a bed room, toilet, sport room, or domestic place of work with no altering the fundamental blueprint of the house.

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Qxd 12/22/06 8:49 PM Page 39 Hobby Spaces T he world seems to be shrinking. In this era of the information superhighway, we’re more connected than ever before. But as technology devises new and numerous ways to keep us in contact and accessible to others, it becomes more difficult to find space for ourselves to pursue our individual interests. Even a large house can feel small if we can’t find a place to be alone when we need it. Research collected by the Hobby Association shows that 58% of us indulge in some form of art, craft, or hobby in the home, and the number is on the rise.

If it has a lid, cover or cabinet door to keep everything hidden away, so much the better. Open shelves installed at the kneewall below skylights and roof windows provide the perfect place to store toys, books, and bins for crayons, stickers, or markers. Label bins to help children develop organization skills. qxd 12/20/06 12:32 AM Page 58 (Above) Studies show people tend to exercise more at home if the machines are in a specialized space and include a wide range of equipment. According to a recent survey, 29% of homeowners request a dedicated exercise room for their new home.

Even the smallest attic space can become an elegant reading room. A few short bookcases, a combination of sunlight and task lighting, and a comfortable chair is all that’s needed for a tranquil and pleasurable reading experience. qxd 1/6/07 12:49 PM Page 47 The dark and cool environment of basements provides optimal conditions for wine storage. Cellars usually stand at a steady 55°, the perfect temperature for wine, wine should be stored between 50° to 59° Fahrenheit. Wine storage areas should not reach 78°—the point at which it begins to uncork and “cook,” resulting in a loss of quality.

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