Remodeling Your Basement? Some Ideas For a Beautiful and Successful Basement Remodeling Project
For many homeowners, the basement represents the ultimate in wasted space, and remodeling that part of the home is a great way to make use of that space while at the same time improving the livability, charm and even the value of the home. The basement can be used for virtually any purpose, from the most ordinary, such as a home office or den, to the most elaborate, like a home recording studio or home theater room. The only limits are the imagination, and of course the budget, of the homeowner in question.
Before any basement remodeling project can go forward, however, it is important to clean out any accumulated junk that may have been deposited there over the years. There are a number of companies that specialize in removing unwanted material from basements and attics.
It is also important to ensure that the basement is completely watertight before any refinishing project can go forward. It is far better to have any moisture or dampness issues address before expensive furniture, electronic equipment and other items are moved downstairs.
It is a good idea to wait until after a particularly heavy rain, look for any signs of moisture or dampness. Signs of a basement in need of waterproofing include water stains on the drywall or paneling, a musty odor or any unexplained water spots on the floors. If waterproofing is needed, be sure to have it done by a qualified professional, and wait until after a heavy rain to make sure the job has been done properly.
After the basement has been inspected thoroughly, and waterproofed if required, it is important to take stock of the space and determine how that space would be best utilized. Some homeowners will prefer the convenience and spaciousness of a single large basement room, while others will prefer the coziness and practicality of a basement that is separated into several rooms, each with its own purpose.
For instance, a single large basement space can be converted into a playroom for the kids, a cozy den for the parents, a practical laundry room and perhaps a home entertainment center where movies, music and television can be enjoyed in private and comfortable surroundings.
If the room is to be divided, it is a good idea to draw up plans which clearly show where the interior walls are to be added. Some homeowners will be comfortable adding these walls on their own, while others will prefer to hire a professional to handle the construction end of the remodeling project.
A basement remodeling project will most likely also require the addition of electrical outlets, phone jacks and other items. It is a good idea to include the proposed locations of electrical and phone jacks in the plan you draw up, and to include their installation in the construction plan.
After the walls are up, it is important to choose the right paneling, stucco or other wall finishing materials. It is a good idea to think carefully about the intended use of each space, and to choose a finish that fits that use. A cozy den, for instance, can be made even cozier with the installation of a high quality paneling in a dark color, while a laundry room may benefit from a wall surface that is light, airy and above all easy to clean.
The right furnishings can transform the basement as well, and again it is important to think about how the room will be used before choosing furniture. While high end furniture may be the perfect accompaniment to the home office, bar or home theater, it may not be such a good idea in the kids’ playroom. The key is to match each choice, from furniture to wall finish, to the intended function of the room.
Excel Builders focuses their business on custom remodels; bathrooms, kitchens, home additions, and home renovations to name a few.
The success of Excel Builders is based on exceptional customer service! Most contractors are able to complete remodeling and building projects to comply with building codes. However, few contractors are able to complete remodeling and building projects and provide the attention to detail and exceptional customer service required to ensure a successful remodeling project.
We care for our customers’ remodeling projects as if they are our own personal remodeling projects. We listen to your needs and wants for your remodeling project and together, we design the remodel that works best for you and meets your needs. We are all part of a team to make your remodel project a success!
We realize that long after our carpenters and craftsmen have completed a remodel, the client will be proudly talking about the value and the quality of their dream home or renovation – which means they’ll be talking about us!