The Options are Endless
A remodeled basement can be the ideal getaway for each member of the family. A place with efficient storage, room to work on a hobby or practice music, space to watch the big game or host a party, or perhaps a quiet corner perfectly set up for some meditation or reading. An experienced remodeler can help you design the new rooms and layout that work best for your family.
A custom bar can be a stunning centerpiece, or a simpler accessory to keep drinks secured. Often a kitchen is more practical for larger family gatherings, with an emphasis on keeping things open and easily accessible.
A powder room is almost a must in a modern finished basement. But if there is a guest bedroom included in the basement, then perhaps the bathroom should be a bit larger and more functional.
EGRESS windows have become a code requirement for most areas. While this can be a sizable cost for smaller finished basements, the natural light, improved emergency access, and increased home values generally more than offset any initial cost concerns, making this an upgrade well-worth considering.
And you can get the feel of different spaces within one room by varying flooring materials, building walls or dividers, and adding creative trim solutions.
Fireplaces are a terrific way to augment the heat in a finished basement, while adding an inviting touch to make this a comfortable place to relax. We have partnered with several local installers to bring the best brands and heat options (including real wood, gas, and electric solutions) for our clients.
TV/theater rooms, or at the least proper preparations for in-wall sound and secure television mounts, have continued to be items often requested on finished basement projects.
Wine cellars, gun rooms, and built-in safes are just a few of the unique items also worth considering. They’re not a fit for all, but if you’ve been thinking of one or more of these options, this could be the perfect opportunity.
You can be assured we start the project right with good building practices, i.e., controlling moisture, adding ventilation and lighting, and enclosing ductwork and drains while making them accessible.
Then you can add your customized touches to make the finished space more fun and organized. Things like a built-in bar/refrigerator or shelves and closets to store boots, skis, and golf clubs. The biggest reward? During family gatherings, kids will love making as much noise as they want while parents relax upstairs.
And remember, your attic could also hold great potential for more space. Remodeled attics make great bedrooms or offices, if they have the right structural framing. A good remodeler will tell you your options, often after working with a structural engineer. If it’s a “go,” it’s time to get creative. Again, start with the basics: Breyer knows the importance of using proper insulation to make sure the space stays cool in summer and warm in winter. And our design professionals can recommend a good layout fit to your needs. Or space-saving features you never thought of, such as a built-in cabinet tucked under eave. Or a skylight that makes the room even brighter and airier. And since safety is always top of mind with Breyer, we may suggest you consider outside steps and railings to serve as an escape route in an emergency.