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Basement Remodeling Ideas and Tips - Milford, MA

06 Dec 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Remodeling the Basement is the perfect way to add much needed space to the home you love for less, without an addition. Winter is Milford, MA is the perfect time to start this project. Looking for some basement finishing tips? Here are a few favorites:

1. Make a Family Room or Rec Room

Basements are the perfect space for casual social activities for the whole family, or just for the kids. Add a big screen TV, pool table, games and craft supplies.

Make this space inviting by finishing and decorating it like any upstairs room. Choose comfortable furnishings that can be easily rearranged to accommodate a few people or a crowd. Incorporate sound systems, internet connections, and good lighting to make the space functional.

2. Include a Bedroom and Bath

A basement bedroom and full or half bath makes an ideal suite for guests or teens. To comfortably fit a double bed, you'll need a room with a minimum of 125 square feet. If twin beds will serve your needs better, plan on at least 150 square feet.

Building codes also require that basement bedrooms have an emergency exit that leads directly outside, either through a door or a window.

3. Add a Wet Bar Area or Laundry Room

A wet bar or mini kitchen in the basement makes entertaining much easier. The inclusion of a mini kitchen makes a basement with a bed and bath into an entire guest suite. A kitchen requires access to hot and cold water, as well as electrical outlets.

A laundry room is a good idea in the basement, but it needs a floor drain and access to an outside wall to vent the dryer.

4. Design an Attractive and Safe Staircase

You already have stairs to the basement, but when you're remodeling, make sure they meet code and look good. If they're not in a convenient location, consider moving them to a better spot.

5. Change or Add Windows and Doors

Adding or enlarging basement windows and adding exterior doors add natural light and ventilation which will significantly increase your enjoyment of this living space.

6. Finish the Walls for Inviting Ambiance

Foundation walls are usually made of poured concrete or stacked concrete block, materials that reinforce the feeling of the basement as a secondary space. To give the basement main-floor style, cover the concrete with another material like: drywall, plywood, paneling, or paint over the concrete.

7. Finish Basement Ceilings

You have three basic options for finishing basement ceilings. Conceal the joists, pipes, and ductwork with drywall or paneling, hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling, or leave everything exposed and paint it with a sprayer.

8. Choose Comfortable, Practical Flooring

Unless you install a plywood subfloor, your basement floor is likely to be a concrete slab. Fortunately, concrete accepts most common flooring choices, from paint to vinyl, laminate, tile, and carpet.  Most solid wood flooring is not recommended for below-grade installations.

9. Add Good Lighting

A good lighting plan is key to making your basement an inviting gathering spot. Recessed cans like these create overall illumination as well as task and accent lighting for the bookshelves and artwork. In addition to recessed lights, consider track lights and pendants to eliminate shadows on surfaces where you'll be working, playing, or reading.

10. Build in Storage

The basement is often a catchall storage space for everything. As you remodel to make the most of your basement's square footage, plan for attractive, well-designed storage, too.

For more information or tips on basement remodeling, contact Manzola Carpentry.


Basement Finishing Has Multiple Benefits – Milford, MA

18 Oct 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Do you need more space in your home. Kids growing, in-laws moving in, or need a home office? Building a home addition is one way to do it. But do you want to spend all that money and open your home to the cold nights and mornings while the addition is being built. If you have a basement, finishing the basement may be a better option.

Remodeling a basement is a cost-effective way to add useable, livable and a great way to add value to your home at the same time.  It is much easier to transform a basement into the useable space you need than it is to add home addition or another floor to your home. It is much less disruptive too.

A lot of people are remodeling their home, instead of selling and buying a new one. But if you are considering selling your home at some point, you should still consider basement remodeling.  Even in a housing market where inventory is low, buyers still want a move-in ready house and are willing to pay more for one that’s ready-to-go. Having a finished basement is very attractive to buyers because it's some place they can put the kids, their office or their extra stuff. Finished basements definitely add value to the home.

Remodeling or finishing a basement can give you the space you need and the value you want. Whether it's providing more space for storage, a place for guests, a play room or a home office the renovation can give your home the feel and the space you have been waiting for.

At Manzola Carpentry, we would love to discuss your ideas and help you turn that unused space into something you can enjoy for many years. Contact Us.

Basement Remodels Add Living Space to Your Home – Milford, MA

06 Sep 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

If you are looking for ways to add space, comfort and value to your home, basement remodeling is a solution that promises high ROI. In fact, according to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report in Remodeling Magazine, basement remodels are still one of the top remodeling projects and they typically consist of about a third of the entire home's available space. A full basement remodel will give you a 70% ROI.

But few people spend the money on a basement remodel just to turn around and sell their home. Most remodel the basement to enjoy for years, while keeping resale value in mind. Remodeling the basement, whether it’s for a “man cave," laundry room, playroom, home office, or TV room, does not just mean throwing down carpet and putting up drywall. Adding useable space to expand your living area and increase home value means creating design and atmosphere.

While the housing market is picking up, and home prices are rising, you still have to buy a home, and…home prices are still rising. So often, basement finishing is the right choice for many who love their home, but just need and want more space.

Adding living space in the basement is often far more economical than adding a home addition. The walls, ceiling and often the HVAC systems are already in place. Now, all you need is comfort, atmosphere and style. Basement remodels can be a great alternative to building an addition in regards to time, money and stress. Manzola Carpentry has numerous ideas, plans and examples of great basement remodels. If you need ideas on ways to turn that unused space into something you can enjoy for many years, contact us, we can help.

Benefits of Basement Remodeling – Milford, MA

30 Aug 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

If you are one of many homeowners that want more living space, before considering an addition, you may want to consider the basement. Other families need more space, but they are not interested in buying a new home. Basement remodeling is a much easier way to increase your living space.  Basement remodeling is almost always more cost effective than an addition, and always less expensive or stressful than moving.

There are many other added benefits to basement remodeling as well, there is less trauma to the yard, basement leaks are stopped, and you home will have more efficient heating/cooling. However, some of the biggest advantages to basement finishing over additions or moving are: finished basements add more value to your home and it will protect your investment for years to come.

If you need or want more space in your home, consider using the basement. Your basement no longer needs to be just for storage, it can be easily turned into a living room, a playroom, a home office, or just a casual party room.

In fact, new home buyers are increasingly looking for finished basements. A home on the market with a finished basement will sell faster than a home without one.

Basement remodeling is a great way to increase the market value of your home. And, basement remodeling done right has a high return on investment.  The cooler weather is the perfect time to begin a basement remodeling project. This will allow you more space in your home in the winter when we are all getting a bit claustrophobic. For more information, contact Manzola Carpentry in Milford.

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