How can you add more space without adding on to your house? What's the easiest way to create casual living space on a tight budget? The answer is under your feet. Finish the basement and have more room to relax, live and store your things in a tidy, well designed space. Even if you don't have the time or desire to DIY this project, you can save money on hiring a basement renovation contractor and look forward to a quality, professional finish.
Work With What You Have
In many homes a portion of the basement renovation will be complete already. By using what is currently there you will save money on materials and labor. Studs, vapor barrier, insulation and even drywall are often found in a half finished basement.
If the room has been previously finished you (or your contractor) will need to inspect the quality of workmanship and decide which aspects are worth keeping. Wood paneling was often tacked directly onto studs and can be removed easily, but the studs themselves might still be usable. Old drop ceiling that is water damaged or deteriorated can be replaced using the existing framework. Salvage what you can and replace the rest for cost savings that really add up.
Design For Your Lifestyle
Basement renovations are most often about adding living space. Sometimes a bedroom or bathroom is added to the basement, but the majority of the area on the lower floor is likely to be used for casual living. Be sure to design the space to suit your lifestyle. That way the area you add will be of value to your family.
Use clean, flat surfaces to create the illusion of more space and brightness. Often this type of utilitarian wall finishes, storage options and trim are less expensive than the elaborate kind used upstairs. By designing with a minimalist attitude you will not only save money, but the space will feel more open and bright.
Remember That the Structure Is Already There
Often in basement renovations the contractor won't need to worry about structural design. They can use 2x3 studs instead of 2x4s (which saves you money on materials) or even hang drywall on furring strips attached to your concrete wall. A good, experienced contractor will know what is necessary for safety and durability, but will also be able to offer suggestions about how to trim expenses.
Ask your contractor whether the floor actually needs to be leveled and insulated. Find out where the bathroom should be located to cut down on plumbing costs. Have the contractor advise you on the best choices of wall finishes to cut back on costs and create an attractive living space. Contractors can also offer helpful suggestions about built in storage cabinets and other elements that may save you money on furniture, not to mention saving floor space as well.
Your basement can be transformed into a beautiful living space with the right design and quality materials. Save money when hiring a basement renovation contractor and you'll be even happier with the results. Your family will have more space to relax, your home will have greater value and your budget will still be well in tact.