Fabulous Finished Basement Challenges in East Cobb

A finished basement is one of the most popular home renovations here in Georgia. A basement in the average American household is around a thousand square feet. That’s a lot of square footage that can be turned into functional living space! Since the bones of the structure already exist, it can be a less expensive option than a full-out addition.

Atlanta Curb Appeal has wrapped up several finished basements lately! Maybe because of COVID-19, people are working and schooling from home, or maybe they are just not ready yet to go back to the gym.

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Some of the hot finished-basement trends include schooling and office areas, yoga studios, gyms, meditation spaces, kids’ hangout spaces, wine cellars, and media rooms. Clients also love adding a kitchenette or a wet bar.

There are a few challenges you face when finishing a basement., but Atlanta Curb Appeal can help you come up with solutions that fit your budget.

  • Light – Typically, the basement can feel dark and clunky. One of our favorite solutions is adding French doors in place of windows. This adds both light and an additional entry/exit point. We can also widen openings between rooms to make space feel more open.

  • Water – While it’s easy to get water into a basement, it is a little more difficult to get it out. If your basement renovation includes plumbing (kitchenette, bathroom, laundry room) you will likely have to add a sump pump to get the water back out.

  • HVAC – Sometimes adding a large amount of square footage with a finished basement can overtax the heating and cooling units in the house. ACA often suggests adding a new system for a finished basement.

Finishing the basement can be a quick way to add square footage; ACA can usually complete the project in about 6 weeks, depending on the size. Adding an extra TV room, home office, or quiet sitting area in the basement can be an easy solution if the house is feeling a little crowded these days.

Many people are also refinancing right now; maybe it’s time to put aside some funds for a refresh!

If you have been conversations in your family about expanding your current living space, give us a call, 770-778-1172. Atlanta Curb Appeal is known for staying on budget and on time.

Click here to read a makeover story about this breathtaking basement makeover we did in East Cobb

 

Never Buy a Movie Ticket Again! East Cobb Basement Renovation

Never have to buy a movie ticket again!

This East Cobb family, located near Pope High School, decided to renovate their basement in style.

The family was a return client of ours. Earlier this year, we had expanded their backyard by adding new hardscape along with the construction of a new fabulous outdoor kitchen. The new screened porch and outdoor play area were a summer hit. Now that winter was approaching, the family wanted a place of respite indoors. Naturally, the basement seemed like a good start.

Originally, the basement was partially finished; however, a water leak had caused considerable damage. As part of the restoration process, they decided to go all in and transform it into a more useful area for their family. The old basement was outdated. It had a kitchen and bathroom, but old carpet and zero storage. A refurbishment was indeed in order.

Sometimes clients are reluctant to finish out their basement due to lighting or moisture concerns. One way Atlanta Curb Appeal tackles this is by increasing the brightness using can lights with dimmers if natural light is limited. Proper sealing of the basement alleviates the other burden. The client used a third party company that exclusively deals with these issues. They clean up and prevent future damage from moisture-rich soil and concrete walls. This company also removed the water-damaged drywall and added their secondary system in place before we came in and rebuilt it back up.

The big reveal, though, is the new entertainment room. It is magnificent; it’s like seeing the bridge on the Starship Enterprise after the beautiful barn doors roll back.

Special considerations, of course, had to be made. A sound company installed specific internal panels for sound proofing. Plus, they pre-wired the walls before we closed them for the custom entertainment system.

Finally, we wrapped up by renovating the wet bar area. White subway tiles offset the new black granite countertops. A larger, stainless steel refrigerator was added and beautiful hardwood tile floor.

The results are astounding! The clients’ response to the finished project is that they are absolutely in LOVE with it! They love the new wall colors and the way the carpeting blended so well with all the rooms. It’s a new consistent and modern atmosphere downstairs.

They appreciated it so much, they invited Atlanta Curb Appeal to their first movie showing!

Give us a call free estimate! 770-778-1172 if your basement is in need of renovation!