If you are planning on a finished sheetrock ceiling in your basement, you can install and wire
up the recess lighting before installing drywall. If, on the other hand, you are choosing a drop ceiling, sheetrock all the walls, install the grid for the drop ceiling at a level height, then install the recess lighting as you install the ceiling panels.
Cedar shakes need to be finished with either a high quality stain or paint after installation.
Also, during installation, stainless steel fasteners should be used to prevent black streak marks down the sides of your house. They do require alot of work, but you will probably have the nicest house on the block.
All storm doors include specific directions for installation. I have installed a ton of storm
doors and always refer back to the directions. It helps when the exterior door you are attaching it to is correctly hung. Check for level throughout the installation. You will need a metal hacksaw, cordless drill and bits and standard hand tools to do this.
There are a few things you can do to keep the price of finishing this room down. Make sure
the walls are clean of any nails, screws, etc. Insulate the walls if they aren't already. Go and pick up the material to get the job started. In this case, 13 boards of sheetrock and 2 tubs of spackle should do it. Get a few estimates from carpenters and compare pictures of previous work. Have the estimates include priming, the carpenters will thank you.
A building permit is required for building a wrap around deck, which in turn, raises your
taxes for starters. As far as the material costs, it varies depending on the decking material you desire. Composite decking is more expensive but requires less care than a natural wood decking. Get a few estimates and compare the two choices with each contractor.