Basement remodeling continues to be a common practice in the United States, as new renovation ideas keep appearing even now in 2020. According to a recent report from Statista, roughly $394 billion was spent in the U.S. in total on home improvement in 2018. Additionally, nationwide home improvement sales are predicted to total $454.6 billion by 2023.
Whether homeowners are seeking to set up new flooring or a gym or home theater, the basement remodeling process can be a detailed one. However, the returns from this investment can be significant. Here is a step-by-step guide to this process.
Consult and Choose a Contract
The first step to take when deciding to remodel a basement involves consulting with a renovation expert and selecting a detailed contract. After an initial walk-through, a construction and design worker will help you bring your idea to life based on the space you have to work with. It’s recommended to think of a few design options that can work well with your basement’s layout.
Create a New Look
You want your basement to appear noticeably different from what it used to look like. The design professional can assist you in choosing flooring types (carpet, wood, porcelain), paint colors, and lights. Whether you want an “open concept basement” that includes ample seating, a suite-style bedroom or a game room (e.g. with pool and ping-pong tables), a clear idea for a new look can simplify your renovation plan.
Prep and Pre-work Meetings
After your design agreement has been signed and approved, schedule a pre-construction meeting with your remodeling team. This encounter can be used to establish project timeline and logistics, including the scope of the renovation. Ultimately, basement remodeling should be completed smoothly, so set up this meeting as soon as your look is ready.
Brass Tacks and Quality Checks
A quality inspection (from demo to rebuilding phase) is a key part of any basement remodel. This includes ensuring that all measurements have been recorded precisely and that space is used as efficiently as possible. You and your contractor should also verify that nothing has been broken during the construction process. Nobody wants a basement with chipped wooden furniture, mold or mildew, or walls that have been sloppily painted.
During the last walk-through inspection, you can ask any remaining questions and address any touch-ups that may be necessary. Items that are often added to a checklist for a final walk-through include checking smoke detectors (and an egress and ingress in the case of basements with guest bedrooms), verifying that no electrical outlets are blocked, and checking that no pipes have been damaged and that there are no leaks coming from anywhere. Homeowners Associations (HOA) in certain neighborhoods may also sometimes require permits to install additions to basements.
Set an Appointment With Monumental Contractors Today
Reach out to the experienced professionals at Monumental Contractors to schedule a free design appointment for your basement remodeling project. Based in Chantilly, Virginia, Monumental (a full-service, family owned and operated contracting company) serves customers throughout the DC Metro area. They are dedicated to upholding their values of integrity, quality, respect, and accountability in every project they are involved in. Their business is also created nearly exclusively on referrals; customers have spoken wonders about their work.
Monumental Contractors will work tirelessly to help you renovate your basement in a way that makes it look stunning while also adding value to your home (by increasing the total square footage). They work with several local interior design and architecture firms to help simplify the remodeling process. They provide assistance in the event of fire damage, storm damage, or water damage. Call Monumental Contractors today at (703) 552-9626 or contact them online for more information. You’ll hardly find a more reliable contracting company in your area!