Basement conversions should be both practical and fun while complimenting the existing home's aesthetic. With our access to a network of trusted Maine professionals, we guarantee to find you the best Maine deals, putting you in touch with professionals who won't charge you a fortune to realize your dreams. Get a free, no-obligation quote from us today and that perfect conversion could be yours.
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It's important to consider what's best not only for you personally but what could work in terms of resale. Basements are commonly converted into guest bedrooms with en suite facilities, laundry rooms, office space for those working from home, hobby rooms, game rooms, home entertainment areas and even separate apartments. It's important to remember that the size and design of the space may effect what types of conversions are possible, which will in turn have an impact on building costs.
Design DecisionsMost contractors offer a consultation during which ideas will be discussed in terms of the materials and labor required, resulting in a price estimate. These important design decisions should take into account how well the renovation will complement the rest of your home, and homes in your area. A renovated basement should feel like a natural extension of the existing home and not an afterthought. Don't bring down your five-star home with a shabby refurbishment.
Check for Dampness Beforehand Although you may be excited about remodeling works, it’s essential to see what levels of dampness is present in this area before getting started. This will help you to make the best possible choices with regards to which flooring and paint products to use that will keep existing dampness at bay.
For example, if higher levels of dampness than normal are found, it is not recommended that carpeting be used on the floor. Over time, carpeting will absorb much of the dampness, causing it to rot and develop mold. It is also a good idea to use mold repellent paint in damp areas.
Our experienced contractors will be able to determine how damp it is before starting any work. Once this has been done, they will provide you with recommendations regarding which finishes are going tol be the most suitable for your basement area.
How Much Will Basement Remodeling Cost?
Basement finishing can be pricey depending on the design and extent of the project including labor and material costs. The larger the space and the more extensive the remodeling, the more expensive the project is going to be. Certain materials such as granite and hard wood will also cost more. Should the refurbishment require plumbers
, this may also affect the cost. Don't be shy to ask the Maine professionals about cheaper alternatives on everything from the design to the fittings.
DIY?We don't recommend attempting a DIY approach. The list of things that could wrong during a DIY remodeling is a long one: structural problems, insulation issues, incorrect wiring, inadequate plumbing, badly fitted tiles, and the improper installation of appliances. A DIY job gone wrong might end up costing you more in the long run while putting your family in harm's way. Why risk a potentially dangerous DIY when trusted companies are ready to work on your project?
Whether you want a brand new play area for the kids and pets, a designer office space in the comfort of your own home or that workshop you've always wanted for your crafts and hobbies, that dream space could be yours. Want to give your home an internal make-over by converting some unused space? We can help. It'll only take you a minute to fill in our online form. Just provide us with a few details about the ideas you have for your project, and we'll take care of the rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. If my basement smells musty, does this mean that it is damp? In most cases, a musty smell is an indication that the area is damper than average. If this is the case, it’s recommended that you have a professional contractor assess the space. They will then be able to let you know which measures can be put in place to help alleviate the dampness, such as installing a dehumidifier or sump pump in more extreme cases.
2. How will I know what permits will be needed? All of the contractors in our network will be able to advise you with regards to whether building plans or permits are going to be required before getting started.
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