Renovating or refinishing a basement is a fun and exciting way to improve your home. However, it's also one of the more complex projects you can take on as a homeowner. Even if your contractor handles the job from start to finish, it's important to understand a little about what the process entails, and how long your plans might take to see fruition.
Why Remodel a Basement?
You can turn a basement into virtually any type of room, and improving your home with a finished basement is usually a lot more exciting than choosing a new color of paint for the bathroom or getting the driveway repaved.
Bob Vila's website shares some great benefits for remodeling a basement:
- No additional excavations are needed, unlike a home addition.
- Hooking up utilities isn't too difficult because the lines already exist.
- HVAC needs for basements are affordable.
- Basements usually already have a staircase, unlike attics
A finished basement can add some serious square footage to your home, and you have complete freedom in what you want to do in your basement.
Complexities and Unexpected Issues for Basement Renovations
Hopefully, your basement renovation proceeds without any surprises, but there are some issues that could slow things down along the way. An experienced contractor will know how to confront many of the common issues that may occur and may even budget in a few extra days to the schedule, just in case there are unexpected problems.
Some of the variables that will influence time include the size of the project and the present state of the basement before work begins.
Is the basement already partially finished? Is the basement nothing more than an enclosed box of cement blocks? Is the basement already finished and you're interested in changing the layout?
You'll answer these questions with your contractor during the earliest design phase and should have a target date of completion before the first hammer falls.
Realistically, a basement remodel could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of the project. It really depends on where you start and where you end up.
Quick Finish Basement Finishing in Utah
If you're wary of seeing a construction crew working in your home for several months to finish a major project, you may want to consider the quick finish basement finishing process.
One of the most important parts of your finished basement is the set of permits required for the project and your contractor's ability to follow local building codes.
According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI):
"Model codes, a set of minimum requirements for building design, construction and operation to protect public health, safety and the natural resources that sustain us, help us "build it right" at the beginning when it matters most."
The oldest building codes in the United States were actually implemented in the 1600s in New York, but they've become much more complicated and expansive than those early, simple rules.
What's involved in a quick finish basement?
In addition to the permits, layouts, and design of your basement, a quick finish process also features framing, HVAC machinery, electrical work, and insulation. Further, the process works with sheetrock, finish carpentry, paint, and miscellaneous hardware.
You'll give your input before the process starts for things like features, paint colors, and the hardware throughout the basement. You won't even need to worry about cleaning the site after construction is finished because trash is regularly removed from the worksite, and no on-site dumpster is required.
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