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What is the Basement Remodel Process?

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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 Unfinished or outdated basements often get used as storage or “extra space”, when, in reality, your basement has limitless potential.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:

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.

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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!

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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.

7. Construction

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!

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Bathroom Remodel Trends & Ideas

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Bathroom Remodel Ideas and Trends

Bathroom remodels may be smaller projects compared to other rooms in the home, but it’s still important to get a feel for your favorite design style and nail down what elements you’d like featured in your new bathroom. Turn a boring, outdated bathroom into an oasis with a remodel design you’ll love for years to come!

In this blog, FBC designers Jean and Sam share some design ideas and trends that are sure to get you inspired.

Be Bold with Your Redesign

Shower doors with bold, black frames are all the rage in 2020. We also see clients gravitate towards shaped and patterned tiles — scallops, hex, marble, and herringbone to name a few!  

Wallpaper is back! Utilize wallpaper to add your favorite pattern, design, or bold color to a wall in your bathroom. 

Bold paint is also trending this year, particularly emerald green accent paint. Matte black and brushed brass fixtures are also popular choices with our 2020 projects.

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Natural-Looking Palettes and Wood Features

Are you looking to transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis? If you’re using your remodel to craft a place to unwind, this design style is for you. 

Give your bathroom a zen, spa-like, and woodsy feel by filling your design elements with soft neutral colors and pops of wood. 

Our clients gravitate toward whites and greys, in particular. Another popular design choice is utlizing a neutral palette with one pop of color.

Bathroom Lighting

Overhead bathroom lighting often creates discoloration and shadows when looking in the mirror. That’s where your remodel partner comes in — to help you achieve the perfect lighting to accommodate all of your beauty needs. 

We recommend utilizing side sconces instead of overhead lighting! They not only look beautiful and luxurious, side sconces are quite functional. They allow front lighting (as opposed to overhead), which prevents those not-so-great shadows when getting ready. 

We also recommend integrated lighting for optimal makeup and nighttime lighting. This consists of backlighting behind the mirror and/or at the toe kick.

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Furniture Piece Vanities

Have you considered including a vanity in your bathroom? A vanity provides a pleasant organizational space to easily store your essentials and stay on top of your morning and night beauty routine.

Currently, clients are opting for furniture piece vanities, rather than built-in vanities. This option allows you to make your vanity your own! Don’t be afraid to get creative — you can change out the hardware, paint it, or purchase a special feature like a faucet!

Two other major benefits of furniture piece vanities are generally lower cost and better-quality storage options.

Trendy Yet Timeless Bathroom Remodeling with FBC

We’d love to help you find the perfect “vibe” for your new bathroom. Here at FBC, we’ve mastered the art of listening. We ask about your lifestyle, day-to-day, and your design preferences to craft the perfect space to unwind at the end of a long day. 

Call FBC Remodel today to set up a complimentary design consultation. We can’t wait to help you build joy in your space!

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How Much Does a Basement Remodel Cost?

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How Much Does a Basement Remodel Cost?

It won’t come as any surprise that one of the first questions we get asked from homeowners is, “how much will my basement remodel cost?”. The answer is far more complicated than a price per square foot. This is because, at FBC, we create completely customized basement designs based on a number of factors.

Depending on the size of your basement, whether it’s currently finished or unfinished, and what you’re looking to do with the space, the cost can vary significantly. That’s why it’s important to talk to your designer about the budget you’re working with — they’ll help you come up with a design you love built around your price point.

Take a look at our pricing guide to get a better idea of basement project ranges.


Top Six Factors that Drive Basement Remodel Price


Layout and Age of Home

Are you happy with the current layout of your basement, or are you looking to completely reconfigure the space? In some cases, you may need your remodel partner to move plumbing or structural elements to get the fit and function you want. The more reconfiguring you need, the more the cost is affected. 

Is your basement currently finished or unfinished? If you need to finish your basement and add other specialty rooms and features, expect some extra cost. Some other factors that can drive project pricing include water intrusion, age of home, radon, and fixing uneven concrete.

Basement Features

Cost is also affected by any custom features you’re adding to your remodel. For instance, many of our clients love installing custom bars to turn a basement into an entertainment space for friends. Features like cabinets, wet bars, backsplashes, and new appliances will affect your price as well. You’ll also want to consider budgeting for stone, mantels, a gas line, and power when assessing your budget.

Specialty Rooms

If you want it in your home, we can do it! Unique rooms such as home gyms, offices, crafting areas, wine cellars, and home theaters will be custom-designed to you and your vision. The price depends on the level of customization needed, including materials, equipment, plumbing, quality of finishes, and electrical needs.


Adding a bathroom to your basement gives a sense of convenience and completion in your space. It’s worth noting that bathrooms require water and electricity. If you don’t currently have plumbing or electricity in your basement, the cost will be affected. You should also take into consideration whether or not you’re looking to move your current plumbing set-up to another area of the basement.

Electrical and Appliances

An often-overlooked element of cost is the hidden mechanical update required to power new appliances. This includes kegerators, kitchenette features, pizza ovens, and more. Make sure to mention what appliances you plan on having in your space when working with your designer and budget.

Egress Windows & Code Compliance

In all basements, having two points of egress is a code requirement. Egress windows are operable windows in your basement that provide an easy exit in case of an emergency. They also provide ventilation and natural light, adding a more comfortable feel to your basement. If your home doesn’t already have these, getting them built will drive the price.


Pricing Out Your Basement Remodel with FBC

Pricing out your basement remodel can seem overwhelming, but that’s where FBC Remodel can help! Throughout our process, we design around your budget the best we can — keeping you in the loop should pricing change. We also promise to keep you in the loop of what may raise the price of your project.

Ready to get started? Give us a call today to chat with our design coordinator about your basement remodel project. From there, we’ll match you with an award-winning designer that works with your budget to come up with a design you’ll love. 

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10 Ways to Finish Your Basement

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Creative Ways to Finish Your Basement

An unfinished basement is a blank canvas. With a basement remodeling company, you can create any custom design with virtually any feature you want. When you’re working with that much square footage, it’s easy to get creative with features like wet bars, kitchenettes, in-law suites, home gyms, and more.

FBC Remodel is here to provide a little inspiration! Here are ten ways you can creatively finish your basement:

1. Home Gyms

It’s too common to take an existing bedroom in a basement, throw in some equipment, and use it as a home gym. With carpeting and limited airflow, it can be difficult to get that workout area feel in such a closed-off room. With a basement finish, you have an opportunity to add proper flooring, a more open concept, and any other features you may need to give it a true studio feel.

The possibilities are endless. In this project, this client utilized glass doors, durable flooring, and even a rock wall feature to bring the gym home.

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2. Bars and Entertainment Spaces

Your finished basement should reflect your lifestyle and day-to-day. Are you the party host of your friends? Do you have extended family visiting often? If so, a custom home bar may be a great option!

Custom bars create a space to host get-togethers, relax, and mingle with friends. Design-wise, your options are unlimited. From a warm cabin feel to speakeasy themes, you can bring your favorite bar aesthetic home to you.

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3. Home Theaters

A home theater is an incredible feature that will make your basement stand out from your neighbors’ basements. If you’re a movie watching family who bonds over TV time in the evenings, a home theater can take your favorite pastime to the next level.

Your remodeling partner can replicate the feel of a movie theater, complete with luxury seating and light-blocking features. They can also help you get the sound system and screen size and quality you need.

4. Creative Storage

A lot of our clients like to leave some basement space for storage, but storage can often look unsightly, unorganized, or out of place in a finished basement.

Use creative storage options like a hidden bookcase to keep the convenience of a storage area while still having a complete, finished design in your basement. Also — the bookcase itself serves as a little extra room for miscellaneous items! You can also create more storage through custom-built entertainment centers like the one here.

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5. Add an In-Law Suite

If you have family visit often, or family moving in, creating an in-law suite is a great option. In your basement, you can add a new bathroom, bedroom, and even a kitchenette/dining area for your loved ones. Apartment living just below your feet!

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6. A Playspace for the Kids

We find many of our basement finish clients need to create a space for their kids to hang out and play as they grow. Dedicating a room in your basement for playtime, toys, games, or having friends over helps separate the “grown up” parts of the home from where the kids can play.

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7. Wine Cellars

Wine cellars are a great way to complete a bar/entertainment area. If you’re a wine connoisseur, a custom wine cellar adds luxury, class, and a unique touch to your basement. Your storage opinions for your favorite wines are unlimited, and your home is bound to be the hotspot for many wine tastings to come!

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8. Get Creative with Your Design Style

You aren’t married to traditional design! With a design-build partner, you’ll work with an interior designer who has done it all and seen it all. Figure out your ideal design style by getting inspiration on Pinterest, Houzz, and Yelp. Ask yourself – what finishes, colors, styles, and materials do you gravitate toward?

Pro tip: Send your favorite photos to your designer before starting your project!

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9. Crafting Room

You don’t have to store your crafts in a plastic bin in your kitchen! Make space to create with a crafting room that’s suited for your favorite hobbies. Leverage your designer to build in storage and organizational features to make your creative outlet a breeze.

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10. Design a Basement That Fits Your Life

The most important thing about your basement finish is to make sure that the completed space brings you joy. Your basement should be an extension of your home, your lifestyle, and your day to day.

Ask yourself what you’d like to improve in your life through a basement remodel. What benefits would remodeling add to the flow of your home? No matter what you decide, remember that your design is yours — custom-tailored to the needs of you and your family.

Basement Finishing with FBC Remodel

Here at FBC, we have a proven design process that allows homeowners to custom-build their dream basement with an award-winning designer. If you’re ready to start your project, contact us today to chat about your basement! We’d love to help bring your dream to life.

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15 Basement Remodel ideas

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15 Basement Remodel Ideas

Considering finishing or remodeling your basement? You’ve come to the right place! It’s important to know what’s truly possible with your design before you start working with a designer.

Here are 15 basement design ideas to get you inspired for your upcoming project:

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Wet Bars

A bar is a great way to turn your outdated or unfinished basement into a place for friends and family to gather. Create a space that’s perfect for entertaining, or a refreshment station for the whole family. Wet bars are highly customizable and a great focal point to build your basement around. With a design-build partner, you’ll be able to apply your favorite design style for a custom bar you’ll love for years to come.

Add a Bathroom

Design an oasis into your basement. Adding a bathroom to your basement allows you to apply your ideal design styles to a beautiful new bathroom. A basement bathroom adds completion and convenience to the function of your space. Choose a clean, spa-like feel or get creative with contemporary pops of color — it’s your choice!

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Build Extra Rooms

Would your household benefit from an extra bedroom in your basement? How about an in-law suite to give your basement an apartment living feel? It’s important to consider function, in addition to design, when crafting your perfect basement.

Custom basement remodels allow you to craft a space that’s not only beautiful but functional. You can make sure every room in your basement provides value by adding bedrooms, bathrooms, offices and more.

Wine Cellars

Thinking about putting a bar in your basement? Take your bar area to the next level by building a wine cellar into your basement, too! Work with your designer to create something that is the right size, look, function for your personal wine collection.

Choose between something as complex as a temperature-controlled walk-in room to a storage closet perfect for keeping your wine tucked away. Wine cellars are highly customizable and built to add beautiful, functional storage into your basement.

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Beautiful Staircases

Go beyond the standard build of basement stairs and create a staircase that stuns. Upgraded entryways to your basement can really open up your space and give it a sense of luxury. Choose from open, glass staircases, or traditional wood banisters to tie your upstairs and downstairs together and add a touch of style to your basement remodel.


Do you have a friend or a family member living in your basement space? Convert your basement into “apartment living” with the help of a kitchenette. Kitchenettes give a feel of completion and convenience to those living in your basement space or for guests staying in your extra bedroom.

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Home Theater

Take your family entertainment space to the next level with a custom home theater. Bring the cinema home to you by building a beautiful mini theater in place of a guest bedroom. Home theaters also pose a great opportunity to get extra creative with your design!

Home Gyms

Home gyms are a creative, useful way to convert a guest bedroom space into a home amenity that creates convenience and function for your home. Bring your workout right into your home and save on expensive membership costs to gyms. Home gyms can be custom-designed to fit the way you like to exercise, whether that’s a cardio space, weights, or a mini yoga studio! With a basement remodel, you can customize every space of your home to exactly match your lifestyle, including your home gym.

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Entertainment Spaces

Entertainment spaces for playing games, watching sports, or enjoying movies with family are very common elements of many basement designs. It’s important to think about how your family will best benefit from an entertainment space, and what you’d like to custom-fit to your lifestyle.

Beams and Ceiling Detail

You may not have immediately considered your ceiling a great design opportunity, but the use of beams and unique ceiling detail can truly take your basement to the next level. Add a pop of color with brightly wrapped ceiling beams, or add a sense of elegance with arches and insets. Ask your designer how you can utilize ceiling design to give your basement a sense of luxury.

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Special Features

Special features that create fun and convenience in your basement are very popular with many of our clients. Bookcase doors, for instance, can conceal storage areas, provide more storage in the door, and make for a great ice breaker when having guests over! Ask your designer what features you can add to your project to hide entrances to unsightly rooms or add a unique touch that’s fit just for your family.

Pops of Color

When crafting a custom space, you have the opportunity to get creative, fun, and funky! If you don’t love a traditional design and want a one-of-a-kind color palette in your basement, your designer has your back. Using a unique pop of color is one easy way to do that.

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Warm, Woodsy Vibe

Bring the best of the outdoors home to you! Give your basement a classy cabin feel with warm woods and a cozy design paired with beautiful, luxury finishes. Whether you want to make your home feel like a cabin tucked into the mountains, or a bright lakehouse perfect for the summer, a wood-focused design style can make your space cozy and warm year-round.

Bright Colors and Contemporary Design

As mentioned before, sky is the limit with your design style! Your design-build partner is there to create a one-of-a-kind basement just for you. Challenge yourself to browse Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz to figure out your ideal style and what features you want to see to make your space pop.

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Clean and Sleek

Give a luxurious feel to your space by utilizing bright whites, luxury finishes, and high-quality features and furniture. A monochromatic design style can easily transform an unfinished basement into a high-end lounge space.

Basement Finishing and Design with FBC Remodel

With over 20 years in the business, FBC knows basements. We’ve dipped into every design style, every feature, and every specialty room you can think of. When it comes to your basement remodel or finish, the sky is the limit, and our award-winning designers are ready to work with you to design your dream space.

Call your trusted local design-builders to create a space you’ll love for years to come. We can’t wait to learn more about your project!

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How to Affordably Update Your Kitchen

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How to Affordably Remodel Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen need a remodel, but you don’t want to break the bank? 

The best way to ensure your kitchen remodel fits into your desired budget is to know what drives the cost. From there, you can prioritize what aspects of your design you’d like to put more or less budget into. 

Here are six common aspects of kitchen remodeling that can affect the price of your project.

1. Space Planning

Space planning is often part of many kitchen remodels. It’s important to ask yourself if you need to reconfigure your space (e.g. removing walls, changing the kitchen layout, gutting and starting over). With space planning, your designer will make sure every bit of your space is being used to its fullest potential.

In short, the depth and complexity of space planning will impact your cost. Make sure to discuss your budget prior to designing your new kitchen — price can be impacted by plumbing, electrical, and sub-flooring needs. 

Pro Tip

If you’re not looking to reconfigure your space, but rather update the look of your kitchen, you can opt for a Kitchen Update to replace cabinets, fixtures, and other finishes. Updates with FBC are nearly half the cost and construction timeline of a standard remodel.

2. Scope of Work

When gutting a kitchen and taking walls out, there are many factors to consider that influence the scope (or amount) of work needed. It’s important to ask your remodel partner how they handle unforseens once in the construction process. Aspects that can affect scope include plumbing, HVAC, electrical, flooring, and paint.

3. Kitchen Flooring

Flooring adds beauty and appeal to your design, and work to enhance your cabinet and countertop flooring. Flooring can impact cost depending on the type of material you choose and the amount that’s needed to cover your kitchen. If your flooring needs to flow into other parts of the home, this will affect your cost as well.

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4. Kitchen Appliances

As you may know, there are endless appliance options for your new kitchen. It’s important to note what you need for your space, and what price range you’re working with for stoves, dishwashers, and more. Appliances are available in a broad range of prices, so make sure to be cognizant of what’s available within your budget when planning.

5. Renovation Code Compliance

When choosing a remodeling partner, it’s crucial to ask how they ensure your kitchen meets all of the necessary code requirements. If this requires updates to your home’s mechanical specs, the cost of your project can be impacted.

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6. Finishing Details and Materials

Lighting, cabinets, and countertops are finishing touches that create a picture-perfect kitchen. Finishes come in a variety of quality and price points, so it’s important to do your research. The quality of finishes can affect the project pricing pretty significantly, so it’s important to gauge what finishes work within your set budget, and what finishes mean the most to your design.

Kitchen Remodeling with FBC 

It’s no secret that kitchen remodels require a lot of planning and detail. That’s why it’s important to find a design and construction partner to help you every step of the way. 

Here at FBC, we design around your style and your budget. If you’re ready to start planning your new kitchen, give our design team a call today to chat about your project.


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Where Do I Start With Remodeling My Whole House?

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7 Tips For Planning Your Home Remodel

The whole home remodeling process is an exciting time. You’re redesigning a space that serves as your sanctuary  — where you spend time with the ones you love most. Whole house remodeling can improve your home’s function and flow, as well as your quality of life. 

As you know, renovating is a sizable investment. That’s why a concrete remodeling plan is crucial to getting everything you want from your space.

Here are seven tips on effectively planning your house remodel.

1. Do Your Homework

It’s important to first start with your own research far before moving forward with home remodeling partners, designs, and construction.

By the time you begin booking design consultations and interviewing contractors, you should know the following about your project:

  • What is the scope of work? Do you need to update finishes in your space or are you looking for a full reconfiguration?
  • How much are you investing? Have you established a budget for your project? What do you need to do in order to establish your ideal range? Some examples include meeting with a financial advisor or starting a financial process to learn your option. 
  • Which remodeling partner works best for you? Do you need a general contractor to swap out a few finishes, or are you looking for a remodeling firm to reconstruct and reconfigure the space? Are you more hands-on and would like to DIY some of the project?

2. Gauge and Understand the Time Commitment

Your personal time is valuable, and it’s important to understand how construction can affect your everyday life for a couple of months. Remodeling with a design-build firm, for instance, averages 8 – 16 weeks per project. Commit to the timeline and find what works best for you before you move forward.

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3. Talk to Others About Their Home Remodel Experience

Talk to people in your circle who have already completed a whole house remodel. Go beyond the end result and ask about their overall experience, how they liked the process, and if they enjoyed their remodeling partner. Use that experience to choose the best course of action for your own space. 

4. Create a List of Potential Home Remodeling Partners

Successful, established companies are most likely to have a prominent online presence and a simple way to submit free inquiries. Beware of companies or individuals who send you bids without seeing your space, don’t have a singular point of contact, or lack a credible website.

It’s also important to look at each partner’s process. Here at FBC, we have a proven design-build process that guarantees your home remodel will be on-time and on budget. Make sure to see what other companies have to offer!

5. Compare Reviews and Past Projects

Design companies and contractors should have galleries of their work and outlines of their process on their website or portfolio. Take note if a company has a similar style to the vision you have for your own home. Do you feel inspired by looking at their past projects? If not, take them off your list.

You should also look at their reputation online. Browse each company’s online listings like Google My Business, Yelp, and Houzz to hear from other homeowners in your area about each potential partner. 

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6. Book Design Consults

Now that you’ve narrowed down your top picks, start scheduling design consultations. This is your time to learn about each company’s process and past experience. When interviewing these various companies and contractors, concentrate on the first impression. 

Make sure:

  • They’re asking questions about you, your family, and lifestyle rather than going straight into measuring your space. Partners who look into the “why” behind a project will best understand the design you’re looking for.
  • They don’t give you a bid without measuring and designing the space first. With any custom design, there should be a custom price so you know exactly where your money is going.
  • They plan to pull a permit for the project. If you’re reconfiguring space, finishing a basement, or doing any sort of plumbing or HVAC work, you’ll need a permit. If a contractor/company suggests not pulling a permit, they are intentionally cutting corners.
  • They’re transparent with you. Remodeling is not HGTV — it can be a messy process. If they aren’t forthright about the inconveniences of construction, they’re not being honest about your project.

Pro tip: Take a look at our design consultation checklist for a list of questions to ask, and what questions design-build partners should be asking you. 

7. Never Make Assumptions

It’s easy to assume that everything you’ve said you want for your home is in the final plan, but that’s not always the case. Your design may go through several iterations throughout the process. When reviewing your final plan, make sure you know exactly what it entails. Take time to go over every detail discussed at the start of your planning, and ensure those needs are represented in the written agreement.

Be sure to always voice your opinions, questions, and concerns when working with a remodeling partner and/or interior designer. There’s no such thing as a “stupid” question, and voicing your needs can make all the difference in your finished space.

Home Remodeling with FBC Remodel

From basements to kitchens and bathrooms, FBC has your back for all of your home remodeling needs. Our collaborative design process coupled with an organized, well-managed construction timeline makes remodeling a breeze. 

Ready to explore your whole home remodeling project? All you have to do is contact FBC Remodel to chat with our design coordinator about your upcoming renovation. We can’t wait to hear all about your space!

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What is the Difference Between Basement Finish and Basement Remodel?

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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.

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Designing in Place with FBC: Budget Tips for Your Remodel

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Budgeting for Your Remodel

Establishing your budget is one of the first steps in planning a remodel project, and an important one at that!

Here at FBC, our designers work with you to craft a stunning design that fits your vision with a cost you’re comfortable with.

Our design team are experts in helping you find a number of ways to pare down the cost of your project to fit your desired price. In this blog, Amber, one of our designers, notes some ways you can hit your budget goals while still getting the remodel of your dreams.

Set Your Priorities

Why are you doing this project? What value is your remodel adding to your life?

For example, are you remodeling your basement for a little extra room, or do you have specific functions in mind for the entire space? Is it more important for you to have higher-end finishes, or to create more space in your home? Knowing your priorities and timeline will help your designer guide you to the best decisions for what you’re desiring in the end. It’s also important to figure out your “must-haves” versus your “nice-to-haves” so it’s easier to cut costs if you need to.

Choose the Right Service for Your Goals

If you’re remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, do you need space planning (e.g. knocking down walls, reconfiguring the space) or are you looking to simply change out cabinets, fixtures, and finishes? If your goal revolves around your finishes, you could opt for an FBC Update rather than a remodel — which can cut the cost and timeline of your project significantly.

If you’re planning to complete a basement finish project in phases, or do the finishing end yourself, take a look at our Nearly Finished Basement option to learn more.

Remodeling in Denver, Minneapolis, St. Paul | FBC Remodel

Can You DIY?

We find many of our clients are handy and prefer to do some parts of their project themselves to help stick to their budget. It’s easy to cut costs by taking on some of those final touches of your project yourself.

Some ways our clients save money include:

  • Installing carpet after the project is completed
  • Putting in your decorative touches yourself — like shiplap, reclaimed wood, beams, or wallpaper
  • Opting for a freestanding table for your island vs a custom built-in island
  • Buying and installing shower rods or doors
  • Purchasing the TV wall cabinet as a furniture piece
  • Picking out and installing your own barn doors
  • Purchasing an electric (vs. gas) unit for the fireplace
  • Applying your own accent paint
Remodeling in Denver, Minneapolis, Naperville | FBC Remodel

Utilize Your Designer’s Expertise

A huge part of your designer’s job is helping you get that stunning end result within your set budget. Use your designer as your advisor — we have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge around your available options.

The more information you share about your preferences, the better! As you’re considering your selections, send over any inspiration you may find online. This gives your designer a better idea of what you’re looking to achieve. From there, they can advise you on what selections work and look good while still being cost-friendly.

At-Home Design with FBC Remodel

Every remodeling partner is different. FBC’s design process works in three major phases — the virtual design consultation, ideas meeting, and final plan review — where we work with your budget every step of the way. Whether you choose us or another partner for your project, we invite you to be up-front with your designer or contractor about your budget from the beginning. That way, they can make your remodel work for you.

Do you have more questions about designing on a budget? We’re happy to chat with you! Give us a call today to tell us all about your project.

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Designing in Place with FBC: DIY Home Projects

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Designing in Place with FBC:

Easy DIY Interior Design Projects

These days, many homeowners are finding themselves with extra time on their hands. While staying at home can feel boring or frustating, now’s a great time to knock out those “nice to have” tasks that always get put off.

Our team is currently designing from home, and using this time as an opportunity to get creative in their own spaces. Even for the experts, there’s always a way to improve the function and flow of your home.

We asked our design team about their favorite DIY project to get you inspired — the less time and materials needed, the better. 

Lyndsay B.

Have some fun with paint! It’s easy, requires little materials, and can make a huge difference in your space.

Some ways to get creative with paint:

  1. Update a bathroom vanity. All you need is one can of paint in a fun color and some cabinet knobs to beautifully transform your old vanity!
  2. Spray paint some standard terra cotta flower pots, in some fun colors or neutrals, to match your décor. You can also plant some flowers or herbs to sit in your kitchen window for a finishing touch!
  3. Paint a room! Just two gallons of paint and some painters tape and your space will feel light, bright, and refreshed.
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Sam D.

Make a cute gallery wall! Easy, fun, personalizable, and made with things you already have around the house. I actually wrote a full piece on my personal design blog about this very project. Check it out here.

Interior Design with FBC Remodel

New Sconces from Home

Want to change up your lighting a bit? You can create sconces with battery operated bulbs. There’s no electricity needed – and you can hang these babies wherever you want! This is great to add above a bedside table.

Get battery-operated bulbs here.

McKinley M.

One thing I love to do and have done in my own home is organize drawers! There are plenty of inexpensive drawer organizers available through e-commerce sites that arrive quickly and with no assembly. 

Another thing that works great are old shoe boxes or shipping boxes that can be disassembled or reshaped. Take a look at items that are out of sight, but chaotic. For example, take inventory of jewelry, makeup, bathroom products, kitchen utensils and even socks! Not only will you feel accomplished and be able to find your things easily, but these small projects will bring you a sense of ease during this uncertain time.

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Jean S. 

Feeling artistic? Make your interior design one of a kind. Take a Sharpie and get creative with patterns and designs to create a fun accent wall! 

Not big on drawing? Use a stencil to paint over the boring floor tile or patio pavers!

Amber G. 

DIY  your own geometric accent paint wall for a major upgrade! 

Adhere wood boards to your existing walls in linear or geometrical patterns and paint the entire wall a bold or contrasting color. 

Before & After of Cabinet Storage Wall

Show Off Your Design Project!

Need more inspiration? Visit Redfin’s website to get more ideas for at-home improvement projects.

We hope you can take a few ideas from this list and use these projects to have fun and get creative with your family. Make sure to add photos of your project to your Pinterest account or inspiration board. 

Also, we want to see your masterpiece! Feel free to tag us at @FBCremodel on Instagram or Pinterest so we can see what you came up with.

Ready to take your inspo one step further? Get in touch with a designer to schedule your free virtual design consultation, and we’ll show you what’s possible.