Professional Advice on Designing The Perfect Finished Basement

A Finished Basement is a Great Way to Add Usable Living Space to Your Home.

If you're thinking of increasing the usable space of your home, and you have a basement, the answer could be right beneath your feet! Creating a finished basement can be a great way to add living space without the expense of building an addition. As a bonus, a finished basement can offer a great return on your investment (up to 69% on average) and add plenty of usable space, all without increasing the footprint of your existing home.

A finished basement offers such a great return because of the basic infrastructure, the exterior walls, and floors are already in place. This can greatly reduce construction costs per square foot, saving you around 10 to 15-percent over the cost of an addition with comparable features. Because a basement remodeling uses your home's existing footprint it can avoid the complications of property line setbacks and other zoning restrictions that can sometimes complicate adding an addition to your home.

Remodeling your basement comes with some specific challenges that need to be addressed before you begin your project. With a little research and some work, you can create the perfect finished basement.

Moisture is Enemy #1 of a Finished Basement!

The biggest challenge when planning a basement remodeling in the Madison area is moisture. A finished basement should be warm, dry and comfortable and the weather in Madison can be cold and wet.

Any chronic leaks, moisture, condensation or flooding need to be fixed before you begin any work. Repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand depending on the problem and the scope of work needed to fix it. This can cut the return on your investment, but if you cut corners here, you'll pay for it later with musty smells, mold, mildew and replacing soggy carpets.

With some work addressing these problems can be the first step towards transforming your basement into an entertainment area with a wet bar, a home theater, a guest suite, rentable space or a kids playroom. Working with an experienced design build firm can help you explore all of the possibilities of this most functional space and help you to meet your families needs.

Take The Right Steps When Designing Your Finished Basement

After you've prepared your space and remedied any moisture issues, it's time to begin the design phase. Basement remodeling is a process and the more thought and preparation you put into the process before you begin, the easier it will be to execute the work. Here are some steps to take as you begin a basement remodel.

Evaluate Your Basement

Your basement will pose some potential obstacles that you'll need to plan for like low ceilings, moisture (although this should have been addressed!) and ventilation concerns. You will most likely also need to address issues like moving electrical lines, hiding plumbing and if adding a kitchenette or bathroom moving gas lines and plumbing.

Determine Its Use

Think about how you could best utilize your new space. Speak with your family members and determine how the space available in your basement can best fit your needs. Do you need an extra bedroom for your teenager or a guest suite for aging parents, or are you looking for a family room with theater seating and a wet bar? Check with your local government for any legal or zoning requirements or contact your builder. For example, if you're planning on adding a bedroom, you may need to install an egress window in case of fire.

Set a Reasonable Budget

List your wants and needs and understand that a finished basement can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 depending on the details. For example, excavating and adding a walk out door for a second egress, professional waterproofing or adding a bathroom can significantly add to your final cost.

Understand The Work Involved

Although your basement may be behind a closed door, if you don't have a walkout, you will have workers constantly walking through your home for four to six weeks carrying materials to do your project.

A finished basement can add usable space to your home, increase its value and improve your lifestyle. When it comes time to sell, it's very attractive to potential buyers and can help your home to sell faster. Keep your space attractive and highly functional to achieve the best return. When remodeling your basement, you have a number of options open to you. The best option is to talk to a professional design build firm like Degnan Design Build Remodel. They can help you to understand your options, and handle your project from concept through completion.


About Degnan Design Build Remodel
Since 1981 Degnan Design Build Remodel has provided home improvement and construction services to customers throughout Greater Madison, Wisconsin. Our goal is to WOW you with a "Designed For Your Life" solution using a process that will transform your home into a beautiful living space, delivered on time, and on budget. We are known for our communication, respectfulness, and a commitment to our customers and our community. Contact us to speak with one of our designers about your home improvement project.