The Basement Book


104 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-920510-48-5





Reviewed by Hector Lindsay

Hector Lindsay was a freelance writer.


The author, Harris Mitchell, wrote a column called “You Wanted To Know” in Today magazine. This experience, no doubt, has stood him in good stead in writing this book.

The content includes separate chapters on fixing wet basements, insulation, heating, drywall panelling, and a host of other tasks likely to be encountered in renovating or fixing up the normal basement. His descriptions and step-by-step explanations of the required procedures are superbly illustrated with photographs and diagrams. His style is simple and lucid. The instructions cover all elementary and basic aspects of basement remodelling, so that even an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can be confident of achieving the desired results. The book is well organized and includes an index. There are 20 chapters, one for each major renovation activity including strapping, framing, wiring, flooring, and even sound-proofing. Only plumbing is not covered.

For a novice handyman interested in fixing up a basement, this book would be an excellent choice.


Mitchell, Harris, “The Basement Book,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 24, 2024,