Maybe you would like more room because your children are teens and need a place to chill with their friends; maybe you need a workout room or hobby room in your home. A basement finishing or basement remodeling project could create that extra place in your house that you have been searching for!

A basement finishing project might just be the perfect way to increase the living space in your home. Perhaps it’s hard to imagine that dreary, dark space as being your family’s next hangout, but let the Columbus OH basement remodeling experts work their magic, and that space could soon be your new favorite spot.

Consider some of the following ideas or add a few of your own:

  • Guest room
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Craft room
  • Game room
  • Gym
  • Home theater
  • Office
  • Bedroom
  • Bar

When compared to the square footage price of installing a room addition in your Columbus home, finishing an existing basement is usually cheaper.

A point to keep in mind is that a basement poses challenges that are unique to this area of the house. It is best to consult with James Montie Construction, Inc, your Columbus basement design expert, to be sure you are correctly addressing all concerns. Let’s look at some issues your basement remodeler will discuss with you.

First of all, upgrading your sump pump to a newer model with a battery backup system is essential for finished basements. You do not want to worry about flooding in the event of a power outage. It should be located in a place with easy access.

Likewise, location is critical for sewage pipes and water pipes. These pipes will occasionally need to be accessed, so be sure they are installed with that in mind. Concerning your utilities, many people like to wall off an unfinished room for the furnace/utility room. If your current furnace needs to be moved and/or replaced, be sure to allow for that in your budget.

It’s also important to know the type of walls you have, whether poured or cement block concrete, and any moisture problems associated with them. Additionally, realize that many basements have sloping floors to facilitate drainage, so you may want to consider installing a sub floor. Finally, be sure to plan properly for access to other traps, valves and electrical boxes.

Basement remodeling experts will also help you figure out the height of your ceiling and whether the ductwork and water pipes will be installed inside or outside of the ceiling joists. For this reason, many contractors discourage plaster ceilings in basements. The traditional acoustical tile ceilings, slightly dropped if there is enough room, allow for easy access to pipes, ducts and electrical wiring.

While it sounds like a lot to deal with, the expertise of James Montie Construction, Inc, your professional Columbus OH basement contractor, you are able to focus on the next job—decorating and enjoying your new space!

Contact James Montie Construction, Inc. of Johnstown, Ohio for all of your kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, basement finishing, and home repair needs. Call us at (740) 975-5412 today for a free consultation!

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