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Basement Remodeling has One Big Benefit– Milford, MA

17 Jan 2014

Posted by Joseph Coupal

The kids got lots of ‘stuff’ during the holidays, and now it is cold out. Your may feel like you need more space in your home. If you need more space and you have a basement, choose to finish the basement rather contemplate moving. Remodeling the basement has numerous benefits.

One of the biggest benefits to basement remodeling is that it makes you money by increasing your home value.

If your home has a basement, and your neighbors don’t your home is already worth more than theirs. But with a finished basement, you add even more value to your home. You also make it more desirable than the competition when it does come time to selling.

Basement remodeling allows you to create more useful space in your home. Storage space for the kids new toys or for seasonal items, a home office, work-out room, man cave or a TV space. Whatever you want to use your basement space for, you will feel the benefits of this additional space immediately. And, now is the time, winter is the perfect time of year for indoor home remodeling projects.

A basement remodel will give you a huge return on your investment and will dramatically increase your home’s value. A clean, dry, useful and problem-free basement is very attractive to new home buyers, especially those with growing families.

When you remodel your basement, a good basement remodeling contractor will also ensure that your basement is waterproofed as well. This gives new home buyers peace of mind making your home more attractive. For more information on basement remodeling and increasing home value, contact Manzola Carpentry

Basement Remodeling: A Good Contractor can Help with the Planning Process – Milford, MA

13 Dec 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

With home prices steadily rising, many homeowners are reluctant to move, especially when they like their home, their town, their neighborhood and their children’s schools. However, the reason most homeowners want to move, other than a job transfer, is because they need more space in their home. Do you have a basement? If so, you can add space without moving.

It is winter in Milford, MA, so for many homeowners that want more space and don’t want to wait until the spring to build a home addition, remodeling the basement is the fastest and most cost-effective way to add space to your home.

In order to increase the space in a home is to add a room, but this does not necessarily mean a home addition. Finishing the basement will increase your living space and increase the value of your property.

In basement remodeling, planning is important. Planning out a basement remodel will save you time, money, and undo frustration. Part of the planning process is seeking professional advice about building codes and requirements will save your trouble down the line with inspections and permits. Professional basement contractors can also give you design ideas that you may not have considered.

It is important to go into a basement remodeling project with a budget in mind. This is another aspect of the planning process that a professional basement contractor can help with. With a realistic budget, you can get the added space you need and want.

For more information and help with the basement remodeling process, contact Manzola Carpentry in Milford.

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.

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