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Posted by Realty Vision on 11/9/2017

While the cost of remodeling your existing basement can easily run you $35,000 and up, depending on the scope of the project, the advantages of making that change can often justify the expense. If you have a growing family -- or are planning one -- a finished basement can provide additional living space for sleeping (and sleepovers), entertaining friends, practicing musical instruments, and much more. It can even be converted into a fully functional efficiency unit, which can be used as an in-law apartment, guest quarters, or an income-generating rental unit. When you stop and think about it, the added value of a finished basement can not only enhance the quality of your family life, but it can improve the investment value of your property. More Space For Living and Playing Unless you have an especially large home to begin with, your shared living space can start feeling a bit cramped and confined -- especially on weekends, rainy days, and during school vacations. By dedicating a separate space in your home for the kids to play in and entertain their friends, you're keeping boredom at bay, while preserving more peace and quiet for yourself! A well outfitted basement rec room not only enables you to maintain a semblance of order in your primary living areas, but it gives your family the chance to pursue individual interests and activities without getting in each others' way. It's not always a perfect solution for family harmony, but it can represent a quantum leap in the right direction! Other Benefits of Finished Basements In addition to the extra living space and "breathing room" that a remodeled basement can provide, it can also enhance a home's resale value and marketability. If you're considering putting your house on the market in the foreseeable future, any upgrades you can make to an unfinished basement would be considered a positive selling point. Although most home buyers are more interested in the appearance and functionality of the kitchen, bathrooms, and other key areas of the house, the condition of the basement often leaves an enduring impression on people's minds -- either positive or negative. Depending on their needs and personal preferences, the look and feel of the basement can help seal the deal or be a deal breaker. Basements that have been converted into nice living spaces are considered a "bonus" -- a "value added" feature -- while dingy looking, unfinished basements tend to detract from the overall appeal of the property. Since the possibilities of a rec room area are so diverse, a converted basement can pretty much be all things to all people. It can be used as everything from a home workshop or recording studio to a billiards room. Depending on your neighborhood zoning laws, a finished basement could even be the ideal location for a home-based business or a place to hold classes and club meetings. Other options include a home gym, a woodworking shop, or a yoga studio. The potential is only limited by your imagination, lifestyle, and budget.





Posted by Realty Vision on 1/22/2015

If you are looking to increase the living space in your home, the answer might just be right under your feet. Remodeling your basement has the potential of uniquely transforming the look of your home. Although this has a unique set of challenges, with proper planning, it can be achieved. Here are some tips on how to remodel your basement into a functional living space. Make a Family Room The basement is a great place for casual social activities, a perfect spot where the entire family can get together and relax with a board game or a big screen television. Make it inviting and alluring, just like any other room in the home. Some new furniture, a great sound system and excellent lightening would be a great way to start. Include a Bath and Bedroom Adding a bedroom and a bath makes the basement an ideal suite for guests. The dimensions should be determined by who will use it. For a double bed, you will need a minimum of 125 square feet, for twin beds, 150 square feet will serve your needs. When adding a bedroom, be certain there is an emergency exit that leads directly outside. †A professional will need to be consulted in regards to adding a bathroom as specific regulations will apply. Add a Kitchen With a mini kitchen in the basement, entertainment gets easier. This would require access to hot and cold water, electrical outlets, exhaust vents, a small dish washer, under counter refrigerator and anything else that would allow for more comfortable living. Design a Safe and Attractive Staircase In most homes, there is a staircase leading to the basement. When remodeling, take the opportunity to improve the look of this entryway to your new living space. If it is not properly positioned, consider moving it to a better location. Consult with a designer or an architect for guidance on redesigning your stairway. Add Windows Adding windows is great for basements, but this task is better left to the professionals. If this is properly done, it will improve the ventilation, add light, and make it very comfortable. Adding windows may require digging a window well. A retaining wall made of masonry, limestone blocks, or treated landscape timbers should be added to the well. If properly done, it could also serve as an emergency exit. Finish the Walls. The walls of the foundation are usually made of poured concrete and reinforcement materials. Cover the walls with materials of your choice. Plywood, paneling or any material that would make the area more inviting. †For example, covering the walls in the living area with sheets of maple-veneer would add an arts and crafts feel to the room. There are many options and trained professionals that can help you achieve the look you want. Finish The Ceilings Basically, there are three options available to you when remodeling the basement ceilings, leave the pipes and duct work exposed, conceal it with a dry panel or hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling. Choose Comfortable Flooring In most cases, basement floors are made of concrete, unless plywood sub-flooring has been installed. Concrete works with most floor finish choices like tile, carpet, vinyl and paint. For below grade installation, solid wood flooring is not recommended as it shrinks and expands causing gaps. † However, engineered wood flooring is recommended as it shrinks less.  





Posted by Realty Vision on 5/2/2013

Does your home have a basement? If you own a home with an unfinished basement, you have a prime opportunity to add significant value to your home. In fact, some states will allow you to count a finished basement's square footage as part of the house, thereby additionally increasing your home's value. Here are a few other incentives for you to start what may be the most lucrative home remodeling project you can undertake as a homeowner. Freedom - Not only does finishing your basement add value to your home, it also gives you an opportunity to create an entirely new floor plan from scratch. You can make a new family den, a couple of small rooms for storage, study, or playtime, or you can construct a fully functioning extra level of your home, complete with a bathroom. The possibilities are endless. Income - Creating a fully functioning basement level that can be rented out to tenants is an exciting way to independently earn some income from your hard work. While some may be turned off to the idea of renting space in their home to strangers, finishing the basement with an extra bathroom is still a lucrative endeavor if you ever plan on selling your home. Utility Savings - When properly insulated, basements will tend to be the coolest level in the summer, and the warmest level in the winter. Many families benefit from turning their basement into a den for this reason. Space - Many people use their basements for storage, but most don't utilize the space as efficiently as they could. Even a partially finished basement can provide you with proper storage capabilities that you wouldn't be able to utilize as effectively in an unfinished basement. For tips and floor plan ideas, visit http://www.hgtv.com/topics/basement/index.html







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