Basement Remodeling vs. Basement Finishing
If you’re wanting to remodel your basement, it’s important to note to your designer whether or not you’re working with a finished or unfinished basement. Depending on the current state of your basement, your designer will work with you and your budget to create the space of your dreams.
First, it’s important to know if your basement is finished or unfinished, and what options you have for remodeling.
Basement Finishing Defined
An unfinished basement is a space that’s not currently livable and habitable. When you’re in need of a basement finish, your current space typically lacks drywall, insulation, plumbing, and completed flooring.
Partially finished basements may have some aspects scoped out, like electricity or basic drywall, but still need significant work to be fully finished. When planning your remodel, you’ll need to account for finishing your basement in your scope of work. Rest assured, your design-build partner will be there every step of the way.
It’s also worth noting that if you need a basement finish, and want to DIY some of the work, you can opt for a nearly finished basement with FBC.
Nearly finished basements include:
- Custom design and construction documents
- All new walls, ceilings, and architectural features
- Heating and air conditioning
- Fireplace installations
- Fully finished electrical
- Rough-in plumbing
- Ceiling insulation per current construction codes
- Wall insulation as wanted or needed
- Fully finished drywall
- Painted ceiling and prime coats on walls with ceiling color
- Inspections for all rough-in, electrical and HVAC
From there, you can opt to finish your remodel with FBC, or DIY the rest of your basement!
Basement Remodeling Defined
Finished basements are move-in ready, and look as complete as the rest of your home. From there, many homeowners decide they’d like to modify or reconfigure the space. That’s what we call a basement remodel. A basement remodel is a gut and renovation of a previously finished basement. Basement remodels are great for older basements, spaces that aren’t up to code, or where no permit was pulled.
Gutting and remodeling a space allows your design-build partner to bring your basement up to code, giving you the best layout and design for your space and adding value to your home. This is an opportunity to move walls, add or move plumbing, create new rooms, and design a space to fit your family’s needs.
Some popular remodels include:
- Adding a bar to an already finished basement
- Finishing an unfinished area of a previously finished and permitted basement
- Adding bedrooms, bathrooms, or specialty areas like a home gym or theater
Our Basement Finishing and Basement Remodeling Process
When finding the right remodeling partner, it’s important to ask about their basement design and construction process.
Here at FBC, we have a proven process that guarantees your project will finish on-time and on-budget:
Step 1: Contact Us
First, you’ll get in touch with our design coordinator, who will find out more about what you need for your basement remodel. They’ll ask the square footage of your basement, what rooms you’d like to build, and what you’re envisioning for your design. From there, our design coordinator will match you with an expert designer for a design consultation.
Step 2: Your Design Consultation
The design consultation is your first appointment with your dedicated interior designer. They will visit your home (in person or virtually) to get to know you, your family, and your day-to-day routine. They’ll not only ask about your basement ideas and design style, but also how the finished design will help improve your life.
Step 3: Design/Measure
From there, your designer will measure the space and provide a rough ballpark for how much they expect the project to cost. They’ll create an “as-built” drawing from those measurements, and that drawing will eventually become your custom design.
Step 4: Ideas Meeting
This is where collaboration happens. In your ideas meeting, your designer will present two 3D versions of your completed design. During the ideas meeting, you’ll point out what you like and don’t like about the two designs. We find that many of our clients combine elements from both options to get their final design!
Step 5: Final Design Meeting & Plan Review
It’s time to lock in your design! In your final plan review meeting, we’ll go over the exact price of your project, including construction notes and the details and finishes you want to see in the finished space. Until this step, you haven’t spent a dime. This is where you decide if you’d like to move forward with construction, and you’ll provide a deposit to lock in your start date.
Step 6: Construction
Your basement can take anywhere from 7-16 weeks, depending on the scope of work and size of your basement. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Project Manager who will be your point of contact for all of your construction needs. Your PM manages all of the trades that are working in your home and ensures your project stays on track and finishes on time.
All you have to do is sit back, relax, and get excited for your new basement!
Basement Finish and Remodeling Services with FBC
What basement finishing and basement remodeling have in common are the possibilities. Basements are often a blank slate with a lot of square footage to work with. Think of a basement remodel as an opportunity to design an entire floor of your home!
With a design-build firm, you have the opportunity to reconfigure the layout of your basement to craft a custom space with the specific fit and function your household needs. We can guarantee no other basement design will look like yours.
Ready to see what’s possible? Contact FBC Remodel today to speak with our Design Coordinator about your vision for your basement.