Archive | June, 2017

Materials for interior trim work.

26 Jun

A lot of companies will use what’s called MDF for all their interior trim work. MDF is compressed cardboard basically and is cheaper than wood but if it comes in contact with water it swells up, deteriorates, and will grow mold. I wouldn’t install it in my house so Good Guy Home Improvements won’t install it in yours. Good Guy Home Improvements always uses wood unless the customer wants to save money and take the chance with the MDF. Wood can get wet and still be fine once dried out.

If you know it won’t ever get wet you could use MDF trim but I would recommend you never install it in bathrooms, basements, or around exterior doors. If you hire a contractor to install trim make sure they are not using MDF trim in those areas and in my opinion don’t let them install it anywhere in your house. You can tell the difference by looking at the back of the trim and the feel of it. Good Guy Home Improvements will never sacrifice quality for profit! Call me (Joe Taulbee) at 937-689-1635 if you are in the Dayton area for a free estimate or email me at We love to finish basements!Trim work


Egress Windows

7 Jun

A common request from our customers at Good Guy Home Improvements when finishing basements is adding a bedroom. Code requires an egress window/door inside any bedroom. Any person sleeping in a basement bedroom needs another way to escape in case of emergency.

The minimum opening requirement for the window is 5.7 square feet so a window 24 inches by 36 inches will meet the requirement.  Good Guy Home Improvements typically installs a 32 inch by 44 inch out swing window. The other code requirement is that the sill sits at a maximum of 44 inches off of the basement floor.

The outside of the house needs to be excavated down to the existing weeping system around the foundation of the house so that we can tie into that weeping system. This allows water a way out so it doesn’t come in your new window and into your newly finished basement.

There are many different wells that can be installed around the window that allows the person to climb out. We commonly use a plastic system made by wellcraft, but  there are metal ones, block, railroad ties, etc..

They say you can spend anywhere from $3500 and up to have one installed by a contractor but with Good Guy Home Improvements the price starts at $5000. It is pretty important that this is done correctly so if you are a DIYer do your homework, expect to spend $1500 to $2000, and it will be a really tough job.

Current costs for finishing a basement today (6-7-17) through Good Guy Home Improvements is $30 a square foot. To install a bathroom that is already roughed in starts at $10,000, if it isn’t roughed in $15,000. Egress windows start at $5,000 like I mentioned above for Good Guy Home Improvements.

As always I (Joe Taulbee) give free estimates and can be reached at 937-689-1635 or We service Montgomery, Warren, Greene counties.

Thank you for reading!