Basements serve as a noteworthy addition to any house. However, many homeowners hesitate to finish their basement because they’re not sure what else they can do with it. There are several reasons why finishing your basement is an ideal project to take on this new year. 

When you’re ready to turn your basement into your dream space, Intelligent Design Corp is ready to help. We provide fast, efficient, and professional basement remodeling services. When you work with us, you can count on quality results and top-quality customer service.

Why Finish Your Basement?

There are many reasons to finish a basement. Depending on what you’re looking for, a company like Intelligent Design Corp can design and remodel your basement. You don’t have to do all the work yourself, and the process can be enjoyable. 

Once you have a finished basement, you’ll reap the following benefits!

Additional Living Space

Perhaps you have a growing family and wish to spread out. Finishing your basement can add additional living space for your family to enjoy. Some design options you can choose from are to turn your basement into a rec room, gaming room, or a play area. 

Finishing your basement can also add more space when you can’t make additional additions due to zoning laws.

Enhanced Comfort

Because unfinished basements lack insulation, the area often feels cold, damp, and uncomfortable. Unfinished basements aren’t able to maintain certain temperatures as efficiently as insulated areas, resulting in excess heat during the summer and cold air during the winter. 

If you want to enhance your home’s overall comfort, consider professionally finishing your basement!

Boosted Energy Efficiency

Because an unfinished basement isn’t able to regulate temperatures, your HVAC system needs to work harder to keep the rest of your house warm during the winter. This results in higher energy bills every month. 

If you want to save money on heating bills, consider finishing your basement!

Intentional Space for Visitors

Are you in need of a separate space you can offer guests? By finishing your basement, you can provide a spare bedroom, bathroom, and living area for your guests. You can even incorporate an additional kitchen in your basements. 

Additional living spaces like this also gives you the opportunity to rent the area to guests and make extra money on the side.

Increased Home’s Market Value

If you’re hoping to sell your home down the road, you’ll want to consider finishing your basement. Many homeowners find value in a finished basement, making the project a noteworthy return on your investment. 

Finishing a basement can give you a return of 70 to 75% of the money you invest!

Your Dream Space

Have you always dreamed of having an additional entertainment room with a big-screen TV, surround sound, popcorn machine, and a comfortable sectional? Or perhaps your family is in need of a room where the kids can play games and make some noise. 

Maybe you’ve always wanted a home gym with all of the equipment you need. Basements serve as an excellent opportunity to add a space that you’ve always wanted to your home.

What to Do Before Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your basement should increase your enjoyment of your home, not make it a headache. There are several things to consider when deciding to finish your basement. You may have to consider the age of the home, your financial circumstances, and what your desired remodel will look like. Most basements can be finished. 

When you decide to finish your basement, check the following factors.

Assess Your Foundation

Basements can form cracks in the walls as the house settles. If these cracks are serious, it might hinder your ability to finish your basement. Don’t let major cracks linger, either. Make sure you get these fixed as soon as possible to avoid further problems.

Look for Potential Code Violations

Talk to your local city to determine what codes and permits you’ll need before starting a basement remodel. A major code violation for older homes (pre 1990s) is the lack of an egress window. 

Egress windows are large enough for a grown adult to exit through in the case of a fire. You’ll have to keep this in consideration when planning your basement remodel.

Check for Water Issues

Check your basement for signs of water damage. If you are already prone to water problems, you will need to fix those issues before spending money on remodeling your basement. 

This is especially important if your basement has ever flooded!

Determine the Proper Insulation

Though you may spend less time in your basement, it still needs proper insulation. Having the proper insulation will help your overall heating and cooling costs.

Choose an Intelligent MN Design & Remodeling Company

Furnishing your basement can provide you with a number of benefits. When you’re ready to complete your home with a new and improved basement space, contact the team of expert contractors at Intelligent Design Corp. 

We provide fast and efficient remodeling services capable of supplying you with top-quality results. You can reach us via phone at 763-315-0745!