Everything You Want to Know About Your Basement Remodel
I don’t know about you, but going into fall weather and looking forward to an uncertain winter upgrading the house is starting to look better and better.
You might be finding yourself in the same boat as many others in Michigan, trying to get more out of your house’s square footage.
Do you need an extra hang-out spot, a playroom for the kids, a guest room for the in-laws, a wet bar, or some of each? If you are only using your basement for storage right now, you are probably wasting a prime opportunity.
Do You Have a Dry Basement?
One of the first questions to answer is whether your basement has, or could potentially have a water problem. There is no sense spending thousands of dollars to finish a space that will get ruined by moisture damage.
If you are lucky enough to have a house built with an exterior waterproofing method, you can probably get started on that remodel right away.
Exterior waterproofing involves coating the foundation with polymers and membranes that stand up to moisture over long periods. They are expensive to retrofit and don’t work with the drainage system of all homes.
An interior water drainage system can be installed in a few days, and it’s an excellent alternative to the more expensive exterior system.
This method keeps water away from the house’s footers and allows it to drain underneath the basement floor. Interior sealants can be used to seal out moisture further and keep the floor and walls dry.
Basement Remodel Obstacles and Uses
Are there any other obstacles to finishing like low ceilings or plumbing and ventilation problems?
A contractor should spot the trouble areas right away and come up with a plan to address them. Whether you want a playroom, a teenaged daughter’s bedroom, another bathroom, or all of the above, it’s good to get a professional opinion about how best to make the space flow and where the plumbing needs to go.
For most people, one of the major obstacles is the cost of finishing a whole basement. A finished basement can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on your space’s size and how much plumbing, waterproofing, or structural changes need to happen.
There are times when a basement remodeler has to re-route ductwork or shore up a beam to correct the mistakes the original builder made or make the basement more livable. An average price for a full basement is around $30,000.
You might want to save money and be okay with cutting corners in the basement. However, the last thing you want to hear is, “we don’t need permits for this,” and “I can start tomorrow.”
In years of experience in this business, we know that
- Building codes are there for a reason, and
- reputable contractors are rarely sitting around waiting for work.
Particularly in the basement, building codes can save lives. We don’t work without pulling permits, and you should be suspect of a contractor who wants to.
Additionally, most of these basement remodel companies are booked up to two months out when they quote a job. It means they are doing good work.
There’s nothing more disheartening than spending money only to have the basement start deteriorating a year after finishing the job.
Basement Remodel in Southeast Michigan
When your house is your workplace, your kids’ school, and one of the few hang-out spots, you need every square inch of it to be functional, clean, and beautiful.
If you’re thinking about finishing your basement, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would love the opportunity to help!