With more than 30 percent of homes containing a full or partial basement, according to the National Association of Home Builders, finishing a basement area can be a great way to add new living area to an existing home. Before finishing a basement for the first time, homeowners must first ensure that their property meets the requirements for transforming cold basement space into warm living space.
Assuming that the basement space meets the requirements, homeowners can transform their basement into nearly anything, including guest living space, a home office, an entertainment area, and more. Whether starting from scratch with nothing but four concrete walls or seeking to improve partially finished space, basement remodeling is a cost-effective way to expand any home with additional living area.
The basement finishing process can be faster than in other areas of a home because much of the unseen work done inside a wall, such as running wires or building the exterior perimeter, comes complete in many unfinished basements. The finishing process will, of course, take longer as projects get more complex, but homeowners can expect to spend significantly less money per square foot on basement finishing than with an ordinary expansion or remodeling project. Possibilities for a finished basement include:
- Additional living space.
- Entertainment areas, game rooms, and home theaters.
- Bedrooms for children or guests.
- Home office space.
- Private cocktail lounge or wine cellar.
- When possible, walk-out space leading to a deck or patio.
Remodeling an Existing Finished Basement
Finishing walls and ceilings is a step in the right direction for homeowners, but adding to this finished space does not have to stop there. As with other areas of a home, cabinets, furniture, appliances, and other fixtures can define plain space with a clear purpose and enable new possibilities from existing space.
Since basement space is generally situated away from the main living and guest areas of a property, homeowners can remodel areas of their basement at different times as new ideas are developed and the funds for the project are acquired. Summit Home Improvement is happy to work with homeowners who prefer an incrementalized approach for long-term basement remodeling projects.
Summit Home Improvement has experience with a wide variety of basement remodeling projects from, for example, building simple walls and floors to building world-class basement space. For homeowners seeking to get more out of their existing basement space contact Summit Home Improvement today.