Basement Contractors Anchorage AK
How do I do a Basement Remodeling Layout and Design?
The first step is to take accurate measurements of the outside perimeter of the finished basement . These will not necessarily be the final dimensions of the living space, but those measurements can be transferred to graph paper with a scale of one grid block to one foot of linear space. A simple line drawing should suffice for a rough layout of the basement perimeter.
You'll want to allow at least 8 to 12 inches of space from the outer perimeter to account for false walls built around ductwork and pipes. It is generally easier to hide mechanical works behind a new wall rather than create separate bump-outs and boxes around a wall-hugging design . If new pipes, drains and ductwork need to be added to the basement area, the remodeler will have to take their dimensions into consideration when creating a new wall.
Once the basic layout has been created on graph paper and the actual living space has been determined, the next step would be to insert scale model landmarks such as staircases, windows and existing exits . Depending on the purpose of each area, new doors, drains, electrical outlets and walls may have to added later. Once the existing obstacles and mechanicals have been added to the layout graph, design work can now begin.
It is not unusual to go through several different design and layout ideas before finding a workable solution. This is the time to decide what function the basement space will serve in the grand scheme of the house. Some homeowners may want to create a self-contained apartment complete with a living room area, a separate bedroom, a kitchen and a full bathroom.
Others may want to create a gameroom, a wet bar, a home office or a guest bedroom with some separate amenities. By deciding on the purpose of the space, design ideas can determine what additions or improvements will have to be made. A bathroom may need to be located near a wet bar with a sink to keep the plumbing simple, for example.
Keep working with different scale model layouts of furniture and appliances until a satis...
How Do I Finish A Basement?
Regardless of what the final goal of the project is, there are general steps that need to be taken no matter what the final rooms will be. The sequence of steps are as follows: clean out the basement so the work area is unobstructed; moisture proof the walls and floor; install the subfloor; lay out the walls, frame the walls, rooms, and ceiling; rough in the electrical, plumbing, cable, and phones; arrange for electrical and plumbing inspections; install insulation and a vapor barrier; put up the drywall, sand and tape it, and then prime it; install the flooring; install the trim and baseboards; install the light fixtures; and paint the walls.
If you follow the above steps, you will end up with a professional looking job that you will be proud of. This is a big job, so do not be afraid to bring in a professional for the parts that you are not comfortable doing yourself.
How much does a Finished Basement Remodeling job cost?
Consult with local, professional contractors who specialize in basement remodeling work for accurate cost estimates. In some cases, basements may need waterproofing, insulation, mold or mildew remediation, or other preparatory work prior to remodeling or finishing.
As a general rule of thumb you shouldn't spend more per square foot on your basement than what was spent on the main structure or main levels.
This apparently means that the variables involved in finishing basement areas are many, and square foot or other budget-estimates are next to impossible without including:
Preparatory work needed; amenities desired; heating/cooling system needs; hot/cold water and drain piping needs; power/lighting needs, and others.
Saying that, you can assume that the basement will be more affordable per square foot to finish than main levels of a custom home simply because the structure is already built. I know from experience that a home that costs $175 per square foot to build can easily have a basement finished with the same detail for around $135 per square foot. I guess the builder figured $40 per square foot for the physical structure.
The price per square foot is dependent upon:
Features - Such as a movie theater, Gym, f...