Why We Love Basement Remodeling (And You Should, Too!)
We love basement remodeling because this renovation project is sure to give you a great return on investment in your property value and increased use of your home. If you have the space and budget, go for the full kitchen remodel. When you are thinking of adding a 2nd kitchen for your marietta basement remodel, here are the important things you need to consider:
Before beginning any project as large as a 2nd kitchen addition you should begin by creating the design and layout on paper. This will help you to get more exact information on the dimensions of the space you have and how you can design it. This will also allow you to set a guideline for your quality contractors and ensure each bid is comparing apples to apples.
The most important aspect of adding a 2nd kitchen will be adding a kitchen sink. If plumbing needs to be added ensure your quality contractor works with a reputable plumber to determine the best placement of water lines and drains. Many homeowners remodeling their basement often overlook the importance of adding a 2nd dishwasher. After a large party, you’ll be glad to not have to shuttle all the glasses and dirty dishes back upstairs to the main kitchen.
Choose your flooring
When choosing flooring in a basement kitchen you not only need to worry about the normal aspects such as exposure to water and ease of cleaning, but you may also want to consider how you plan to use the space. Laminate wood floors are a great option as they have the look of wood with the durability and ease of care of laminate flooring. If you have kids in the house or plan to host a number of functions in your new space, choose laminate floors.
Adding an extra kitchen or kitchenette may take a little extra work, but will create many great opportunities as well. Some of the great things that you can use an additional kitchen in your basement for include creating an entertainment area. You may also enjoy having a 2nd kitchen when you have visitors come to stay as they will feel more relaxed having their own space to prepare meals. Whatever the final use may be, you’ll have added extra value to your home.
Where to splurge
Install a BarHaving a bar can give your basement that pub like feel for you and your guests.
Add ceiling insulation – Installing insulation in the ceiling keeps upstairs noise from ruining your theater experience or your ability to work, if you have a home office. Footsteps on hardwood floors upstairs can be maddeningly loud. Even in a house with an unconditioned basement, the basement is more connected to other living spaces than to the outside, which makes basement wall insulation preferable to ceiling insulation.
Adequate Lighting – After you’ve installed the gorgeous bar and trey ceilings it’s important to add adequate lighting as natural light is limited/non existent in basements. Place recessed lights along the perimeter, 12 to 18 inches away from the walls. If you have a small space, you’ll be amazed to see how this seems to push your walls outward and make the space seem much larger.
Heating and Cooling Systems – When finishing a basement, installing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be vital for controlling temperature and humidity. You can either install a separate unit, or zone, for your basement, or extend your existing HVAC system. Depending on the size of your basement remodel, we recommend installing a separate unit that you can turn up or down based on the activity taking place in the basement. Also, consider adding a dehumidifier to your system, either standalone or part of the HVAC unit, to decrease moisture and help maintain constant temperature.
Where to save
Skip the bar – adding that custom bar looks great, but would you rather allocate the budget towards a media room for the whole family to enjoy?
Consider an open floor plan instead of having separate rooms – If you don’t have a need to close off your movie theatre, home gym or office, don’t. The price of doors, studs and drywall adds up. Add sleeper sofas or futons that can serve as a bed for the occasional houseguest.
Scale back the finishes, not the quality – Using $5 tile vs $15 tile in the bathroom can make a large impact in your basement remodel budget. Your guests will never know the difference and you’ll be better served allocating that budget towards LED recessed lighting.
Whatever you decide, ensure you choose a quality marietta home basement remodeler with a reputable track record and a known presence in your neighborhood. Remodel your basement and you’ll fall in love with your home all over again.