This is a common type of remodel goal homeowners have, but it’s also one that can require some real expertise.
As a quick overview, here are some scenarios that constitute an unfinished space:
- Exposed ceiling studs or plywood
- Walls are concrete or painted concrete rather than drywall/sheetrock
- Area is not directly heated by HVAC system
- Area is not directly accessible via permanent stairs (e.g. requires a ladder or outside hatch to enter
There are more things to consider, but those are the basics.
It’s also important to note that even if you’re using the basement as a living space (bedroom or den) it doesn’t count as a finished space if the above things are true. Also, if the area is going to officially be deemed a bedroom for the purposes of how you can advertise your home, it often must feature a window or method of egress.
Call us today for a quick phone discussion to review the particulars for converting your unfinished basement into a finished living area. 336-893-5901
What are the benefits to finishing a basement?
Finishing your basement brings with it a few key benefits for your home overall:
- Properly finished basements are more resistant to mold (particularly because they are climate controlled)
- Finished basements add value to the house and add square footage (the amount of square footage of living space you can list your house at includes only finished space)
- Finished basements generally insulate sound fairly well, which makes them ideal for dens and living rooms so that noise doesn’t bother others in the rest of the house
One caveat to be aware of for the point about a finished basement adding to property value is that will also increase your property taxes — since your home is now worth more and has higher official square footage. It’s not a major difference in many cases, but we like everyone to have all the information.
Some estimates say, however, that finishing a basement an add around 50% of the above-ground value to the home. (Source)
We can help you with all phases of finishing a basement, including:
Framing the space. If the space is not already properly framed for support/stability and to accommodate regular walls and electrical systems, you’ll need to start here. We can inspect your basement to determine whether you need to do this or not, and what will be involved in making it happen.
Running the electrical. Your unfinished basement might already have some lighting and outlets, but steps needed to give the space the kind of modern electrical standards needed, safely, is an important step.
Plumbing. If there’s going to be sinks or toilets in your basement, you’ll need to add the space to your overall plumbing system. Doing this properly without worry for leaks, clogs, or interfering with other aspects of the framing takes experience.
Drywall. This is the cornerstone to any finished wall space. From hanging drywall to finishing and painting it, we can get you what you need. While it’s certainly doable to paint walls without dripping onto the floor with proper coverings, it’s still often easier to handle the walls before the floors.
Trim, doorways, and flooring. This is another very visible hallmark of a finished space. Choosing trim and putting it perfectly in place, and then painting it, is another area we can help. You’ll also need to decide between tile, concrete, or carpeting for your floors.