Basement finishing is a passion that I've had for years. It's an area of our homes that have unique finishing opportunities. We can maintain a similar or consistent look to the rest of the home however, it's also an area where we can express ourselves, or stretch our imagination that doesn't always occur on the main floors of our home.
Basements are a necessary part of our homes here in Michigan because we need a foundation on which to build our home. They generally house our mechanicals (furnace, water heaters, etc.) and are usually used as additional storage space, but can often become a "catch-all" because they are a big open space with no defined rooms.
Whatever your interests are, we'll help you design the space that is the perfect fit for you and your family. If you feel you're ready to move forward, please contact us to schedule an consultation at your home. If you need some more to think about please continue below.
There are a few different ways to go about finishing your basement.
HAP (Hire a Pro)
So, thats where Cellar Dweller Basement Spaces comes in. We will have skilled tradesmen on your project from start to finish. However, before any work begins we'll need to firm up your plans. That starts with a consultation, measuring, and planning. Sometimes there is plan already drawn for your home that came along when you purchased it. If not, we'll work with you to design your space to be the best fit for you and your family, and will pass all applicable building codes.
DSOIY (Do some of it yourself).
Maybe you possess some of the skills required and feel confident to perform a portion of the work. You could possibly work with skilled tradesmen for the rest of the work. Even if it's just painting your newly finished space, you could still save some money in the process.
DIY (Do it yourself).
If you have the skills required it could be an option. Your labor could provide some savings to the project and help build some sweat equity into your home. Basic skills required are framing (carpentry), running the necessary electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, proper insulation & vapor barriers, drywall finishing, finish carpentry (trim, hanging doors), floor coverings, and also painting. Along with the ability to perform all of the above work, it should also be inspected by the respective trade inspectors (building, electrical, plumbing, HVAC). Many homeowners have finished their basements and never had inspections performed. For resale purposes, and more importantly for the safety of your family, if you decide to do-it-yourself, please pull the proper permits and have the project inspected.