Homeowners are beginning to recognize the potential their basements have to be transformed into almost anything they desire, from a personal gym and home office to a guest suite or game room.
Not only does a basement reno provide additional living and storage space, it can also increase the value of your home. As with every renovation, a good plan is vital. eieihome spoke to Frank Mcgillan of The Franmac Group Inc., who shared his personal guide.
Decide on Function
You need to consider what your family’s needs are and plan the space to include solutions that satisfy those needs. There are the basics of including a storage area or possibly add a guest suite, which comes in hand around the holidays when you are entertaining family. Keep in mind, when you are deciding on the function think long-term, that way it is easier for you to transform the space.
Design a Floor Plan
Once you’ve decided on the function ensure you develop a detailed floor plan of what you want your basement to look like. “We educate homeowners on what will work best for their needs and offer custom floor plans to meet their requirements,” says Frank. Remember, it’s easier to make changes on paper than when the walls are up.
Develop a Budget
This step is vital, because this is when you figure out exactly what your plan will cost. Frank suggests that it is best homeowners rough in all the connections prior to installation of the drywall and floor, address components like adding air vents and replacing or enlarging windows. You should also consider your ceiling, lighting, storage, flooring and even items that will add character to the space like trim and molding.
Choose Your Pro
Find a contractor that has an extensive portfolio of work that you can view. The added benefit of hiring a professional is that they will ensure all the necessary steps are taken when it comes to the small details such as electrical connections, subflooring and installation. An experienced contractor, such as the folks at The Franmac Group Inc. who have 25 years of experience, will guide and educate you every step of the way keeping you up-to-date on the progress of the project. “We also fill out the necessary paperwork involved to get all the permits needed for the project,” says Frank. That way you can have peace of mind knowing exactly what has been done without any surprising fees or charges at the end of your renovation.
Ready for a basement reno, kitchen, bathroom, or addition reno? Contact The Franmac Group Inc. to get a quote and learn what they can offer your project.