The Basement Remodel Process
Basement remodels are a great way to add value to your home, create a custom space for your family, and utilize all of the square footage of your home. Unfinished or outdated basements often get used as storage or “extra space”, when, in reality, your basement has limitless potential.
So, how do you get started with designing a new basement? Here at FBC, we have a proven design-build process to make remodeling easy, collaborative, fun, and convenient.
Here’s a quick overview of the basement remodel process:
Step 1: Get in Touch With Your Design-Build Partner
Ready to chat about your basement? The first step is to reach out to our Design Coordinator, Jenny. She’ll ask about the basics of your basement — if it’s finished or unfinished, square footage, and what rooms and features you want in your space. From there, Jenny will match you with one of our expert interior designers to set up a free design consultation.
Between your chat with Jenny and your design consult date, it’s important to do some research on basement remodeling. Here are some FBC blogs to get you inspired:
- 10 Ways to Finish Your Basement
- 15 Creative Basement Remodel Ideas
- Basement Finishing vs. Basement Remodeling
Step 2: Your Design Consultation & Measure
Your design consultation is your time to get to know your designer, tell them all about your remodeling vision, and learn about how FBC will collaborate with you to bring your dream to life!
Your designer will not only talk design, but ask about you, your day-to-day lifestyle, and how this remodel will add to your life. We’re here to build joy, so it’s important to know the “why” behind your basement renovation.
Some questions may include:
- How do you use the space now?
- How will your new basement bring joy, convenience, and value to your everyday life?
- How will the space evolve with your family as time passes?
From there, you decide if FBC is a good fit to proceed with designing your basement. We’ll measure the space following your design consultation and create an “as-built” sketch. You’ll then see your basement designs, live in 3D, in our collaborative ideas meeting before you even spend a dime.
3. Ideas Meeting
This is where collaboration and creativity happens!
In your ideas meeting, your designer will present two 3D renderings of your completed basement. The first design will be verbatim what you were looking for in your design consultation. The second design is a creative take on how you can reconfigure the space in your basement — sometimes far and beyond what you thought was possible.
In this meeting, you’ll adjust, mix and match, and contribute your thoughts to settle on your final design. We find many of our clients pull from both designs!
4. Production Walk
This is the meeting where you’ll meet your dedicated Project Manager! Should you move forward with construction, your PM will be your point of contact throughout the basement build. They manage your construction schedule as well as the tradesmen that will be working on your basement.
During the production walk, your PM will check out your basement and take down any notes that our trade partners will need to know during construction. The production walk helps catch potential unforeseens that may pop up during construction. This helps us stay on-budget and on-time with your project!
5. Final Plan Review
Now, it’s time to finalize your construction plan and project price! Until this point, you haven’t paid any fees or put down a deposit.
In the final plan review, we’ll review final construction drawings as well as the menu of pricing options for your materials and finishes. You’ll see what impacts the cost of your basement remodel, and your designer will work with you to finalize a design that fits your budget and your preferences.
After bringing the design, pricing, and construction together, you’ll sign your project contract, put down a deposit, and set a date for construction to start!
6. Pre-Construction Meeting
At your pre-construction meeting, your designer, PM, and tradesmen will walk the space for a final look before construction. Your designer will then pull your construction plan and go over every detail with you and get your approval to begin construction.
No question is too specific at your pre-con meeting. We want to ensure you know every detail of your project and how the construction process will work during your basement build.
We’re finally at the final step — building your dream basement! Depending on the complexity of your project your basement can take between 7 – 16 weeks. Your PM will be consistently on-site to manage the trade partners in your space and to continually update you on construction progress. You’ll also be able to view your construction schedule on an easy-to-use app so you’re always in the know.
All you have to do is sit back and get excited for your new basement!
Start Your Basement Remodel with FBC Today
Feeling inspired yet? Let FBC Remodel show you just how easy it is to remodel or finish your basement with a design-build partner. Get in touch with Jenny today to learn more about FBC and see if we’re the best fit for your remodeling dreams!