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Basement Remodeling To Discuss Before You Start

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Basement remodeling has been quite popular these past few years for our clients at Atlanta Curb Appeal. Typically during our free estimate process we sit down and examine the space and limitations; then outline a plan for turning the clients dream of a finished basement into reality

Here is some of the ground we cover during that initial meeting.

Expectations

What is a realistic expectation of the space? Will it be a family common room? Will it house an entertainment area, i.e. flat screens or wet-bar or both? Will it be a playroom that will eventually turn into study areas in future years? Do you need more office square footage to keep your life organized?

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Bar in Basement

If you are thinking this could be the perfect spare bedroom or mom in law suite, consider height of steps, bathroom access (a shower installation vs a bathtub), height of countertops and accessibility as range of motion decreases. Unlike main floor spaces, basements do take extra steps and that should be considered.

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Exercise rooms are another great idea to fill the space. If getting to the gym can be a problem, bringing it to you maybe the solution!

Lighting

If natural lighting is at a premium consider how to draw it out or reflect it. If this lighting is lacking then spend the resources on a great lighting system that makes the space feel welcoming.

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Sealing

If your basement has had moisture issues in the past, preventative sealing should be explored and completed prior to any work.

Flooring

If your basement has had leaking in the past, it would be best to avoid wood flooring, which can buckle at the first hint of moisture. Areas in the deepest interiors can be better suited with replaceable tile and carpet. A few years ago we finished this basement floor (see below picture) with a concrete sealer. It was magnificent and we received so many compliments on it.

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Walls

Adding walls or moving walls is an option too. Main supports can be moved if necessary.

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If you are ready for a free estimate for basement finishing call Atlanta Curb Appeal. Our customers appreciate our attention to detail and continuous communication during the renovation process. Please see our online reviews on Facebook and Google to read what our customers say about working with us!

Want to read more? Check out our post on Gorgeous Basement Finishing. Or check out our gallery on our website.

Gorgeous Basement Finishing

Check out this interview with owner Avi Moyal, about one of our recent Basement Finishing remodeling jobs we did in East Cobb/Marietta, GA.

Q. What was the basement like before?

A. It was half finished in the 80’s with just carpets, basic cabinets and paneling. The wood walls made it feel very dark down there. Our goal was to lighten up the area and make it more inviting for entertaining and relaxation.

Basement Finishing East Cobb, GA

Basement Finishing in East Cobb, GA by Atlanta Curb Appeal

Q. What were some problems that needed to be addressed?

A. Basement plumbing and electrical re-routing, a huge metal post in the middle of the space. Also there were ceiling vents and pipes which needed to be covered. As in most basements the house cables, vents and pipes were located under the main floors of the home which caused all kind of problems/adventures.

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Q. What were some of the unusual details that you guys just love about this place?

A. We did a special staining process on the floors. We stained the concrete with 2 coats of clear epoxy. This unusual technique gave an unique look to the floors and the overall space. It’s beautiful and almost looks like copper.

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Also we love the artistic touches such as the hand burned plywood squares on the lower ceiling bridge and the fiercely unique 6×6 sliced log wood puzzle design within the counter top. It was fun to help pick out new lights fixtures and bar chairs for the new space. We added handmade heavy carpets which helped break up the cold floors.

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Q. What are some things homeowners should be aware of when taking on a basement remodeling project?

A. That it takes time and it is never what you expect until you start breaking down walls and moving stuff around to only discover that you have to invest more )-; Basement finishing is usually more complicated than people think, mostly because the challenges basements present after you start. Because if you think about it, you are creating something different than what it was originally designed for. However it is totally worth it in the end because of increased living and entertaining square footage.

Basement remodeling with Granite Countertops, Flat Screen and Kitchen Sink in East Cobb, GA

Q. What are some things that people say when they see your new basement?

A. WOW! they are absolutely loving it. I think the combination of colors and the small touches of craftsmanship has made it very unique. We have already had our daughter’s 7 years old birthday party down there as well as an adults party and other gatherings in the new basement space…We are very pleased with the results and the fact that we are actually getting good use out of this investment to our home.

Go here to read another post about a portico we did in John’s Creek earlier this year.  

Need a free basement finishing estimate? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal 770-778-1172.