If you have an unfinished basement, you are sitting on a gold mine of potential square footage. Perhaps 2013 is the year to finishing that space and adding to the value of your home. Family Handyman gives us a great tutorial focused on framing, including planning, insulation and building soffits. Head on over to Family Handyman to get started. Also, check Remodeling's Cost vs Value Report for 2011-2012 to see how much such an investment would return. Of course, their job costs are based on professional prices, not DIYers', which (almost) always means not only a recoup in investment but a profit too.