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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.

Basement Remodeling Tips and Ideas - Milford, MA

23 Aug 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Basement remodeling adds living space to your home without the cost of adding on a home addition. Turning your basement into a beautiful gathering area not only adds space to your home, it also increases property value.

If your home has an unfinished basement, you have space that could be worth thousands of dollars. Here are some ways to make the most of this potential investment.

Basement remodeling tips and finishing ideas

1. How do you want to use added space? Some basements are cellars with dirt floors and stone walls. You can take advantage of cellar space, especially if you like to cook. Cellars can be used for canned goods, smoking meats, storage, an additional freezer, or as a hobby or workspace.  Cellars can even be turned into a second kitchen for holidays or entertaining.

2. Homes that have basements with concrete floors may have electric and heat already, but if not, these can be easily added. Also, you should check for radon, lead paint, and possible toxic fumes from stored chemicals before beginning a basement remodeling project.

3. Consider possible uses for your new living space as you consider the needs of your family. A growing family may need to turn the basement into one or two bedrooms. Building codes require that bedrooms are well vented and heated and that there is a fire escape plan.

Basement space can also be used as a recreation or entertainment room with a television, games, comfortable furniture, or even a refrigerator. A basement can make an excellent playroom for kids.

Another popular idea for basement remodeling is to turn it into home office. This can be done fairly inexpensively by putting up wallboard, adding carpet or tile, and buying office equipment. If the space is large, a hobby room for sewing, reading, writing, or studying can be added as well.

Finishing a basement can fit any budget, and it can be fun to have added space in your home that you never had before. Contact Manzola Carpentry to see if your basement is good candidate for remodeling.

Add Living Space To Your Home By Finishing the Basement - Milford, MA

16 Aug 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Many homeowners are deciding to stay in their own homes rather than sell and look for a new home. Instead, they are opting to add more living space. One option which is easier and less invasive than a home addition is to finish your basement.

If you are looking to add liveable space to your home, finishing your basement is the perfect alternative. In almost all cases finishing your basement instead of building an addition is typically less expensive.

At Manzola Carpentry, when clients tell us they want to finish the basement, we ask a few questions. Here are some things you should consider:

What do you want to do with the space?
Are you going to use it for storage?
Are you going to use it for a play room, family room, bedroom, office?
Is it a dry space?

These are all questions which we will consider with you when we are deciding the best ways to use and take advantage of your space. Obviously, you want to get the most use of the space you have in order to add the most useable living and storage space possible.

Basement refinishing is generally less expensive than additions because the walls are already constructed. When remodeling a basement we are just finishing the space that already exists, we do not have to put in the whole foundation, a heating system.

Basement remodeling allows you to turn unused space into something you can enjoy for many years. Finished basements also increase your home value when you do decide that it is time to sell.
 
For more information on adding living space to your home by finishing the basement, contact Manzola Carpentry in Milford.


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