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Basement Finishing Vs Basement Remodeling in Naperville, IL

If you’re wanting to remodel your Naperville 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, air conditioning, and fireplace installation
  • Fully finished electrical, and rough-in plumbing
  • Ceiling insulation per current construction codes
  • Wall insulation as wanted or needed with 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!

nearly finished 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 we know you will love:

OUR DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

Step 1

Contact Us

Ready to get started? You can contact us here on our site or via phone. You’ll get to speak with our design coordinator, Jenny, who will schedule you for your free design consultation at a time and date that is convenient for you.

Step 2

FREE DESIGN CONSULTATION

We’re excited to listen and understand how your home is and isn’t working for you. Our number one priority for this visit is to learn what your needs are. How do you currently use the space? What do you wish it was like? How should it evolve with family in the future? Your dedicated designer will share our philosophy and explain our design-build process further. If we seem like a good match, we’ll move on to the design process.

Step 3

MEASURING

Your designer will come to your home and measure out the space to create an “as-built” drawing.  Over the next week or two, your designer will create two 3D renderings of your completed design to present in your next meeting!

Step 4

IDEAS MEETING

Your design team will have worked out several plans that turn your needs into beautiful, smart designs. Our clients are amazed by the way our experienced designers bring their plans to life. We’ll walk through 3D renderings to help you visualize your new space. You’re an important part of this meeting and an integral member of the design team, so be ready to collaborate. Your engagement is essential for creating a space that changes not just your home, but the way you live in it.

Step 5

SELECTIONS MEETING

It’s time to select the materials for your space! In this meeting, you and your designer will meet at a design center, where you’ll choose the perfect materials, colors, and style to complete the look and feel of your home remodel.

Step 6

PRODUCTION WALK

Now, it’s time to meet your Project Manager (PM)! Your PM will be your point of contact throughout construction, and will manage your production schedule as well as all of the trades working in your home. In this meeting, your PM will walk the areas you’re remodeling to jot down anything of note for the construction team. They’ll also look to get ahead of any potential challenges that may affect the timeline of your project so that we can give you the most accurate schedule for your remodel.

Step 7

PLAN REVIEW

In this meeting, we will review final construction drawings and the menu of pricing options. Within the construction drawings you will see all detailed elements of your project. Full elevations and construction notes are completed. Within the pricing menu you will see how and which design elements impact the cost of the project. In this meeting, we bring the design and budget together, select a construction start date for your project and sign construction contracts. 

Step 8

CONSTRUCTION

It’s finally time to bring your new home to life! Construction of your space will take between 7 and 16 weeks, depending upon the scope, size, and complexity of your design. You will receive a detailed construction calendar and weekly updates throughout the project via the Buildertrend mobile app, and your PM will handle everything else (scheduling, material needs, trades) on your behalf. If you have any questions or concerns throughout this stage, your PM will either be on-site or a quick phone call away.

Step 9

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SPACE!

Your new space is ready for you to move back in and share it with the people you love! At this stage we have successfully build joy in your home. Your vision has been brought to life and we have gone above and beyond all your expectations for your remodel. Now it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new space! 

BASEMENT FINISH AND REMODELING SERVICES IN NAPERVILLE, IL

What basement finishing and basement remodeling have in common are the possibilities. Chicagoland 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.