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Topics: Basements | October 1, 2018

By: Jenn Zschunke

Whether it’s a simple framed-out space or a necessary update, a basement remodel is overwhelming.

Consider the possibilities of your basement transformation. The final options include storage, a playroom, office, home gym, extra bed and bath, media room — or all of the above.

Approach a basement remodel with a good idea of what you’d like to achieve. Have a vision and (hopeful) end result, as well as a good grasp on your budget, basement features, and priorities.

A broad range of possibilities are available for a basement remodel. A good contractor, like Northern Virginia’s premier basement remodelers, Moss Building & Design, is the best first step.

Here are a few important considerations when determining how much a basement renovation might cost:

Ceiling Height Of Your Basement

The International Residential Code requires that “…basement living space must have a clear floor-to-ceiling height of at least 7 feet.”

If your basement ceiling is shorter than 7 feet, consider how to reach that height, either by raising the ceiling or lowering the floor.



If you’re considering a basement bathroom, it’s important to understand the basement plumbing.

Is plumbing already available in the basement? If so, where is it?

If you want to add a bathroom away from the current plumbing lines, extend the pipes — and consider the cost.

If no plumbing is in your basement, it’ll have to be specially drilled and constructed. Having this knowledge ahead of time and working with your contractor saves you headaches down the road!


Basement Flooring

If you’re walking around on concrete floor, it’s understandable to want something more comfortable. These days, the range in options (and costs) is great.

Consider carpeting, tile sheets, luxury vinyl tile, or hardwood. Before putting down new flooring, a basement floor must be level, which is an additional cost. Concrete settles easily, so it’s important to hire an expert to level the floor before any top flooring is placed. This avoid future cracks and unevenness.



Basement Bedroom And Egress Window

Would you like to add a bedroom to your basement for guests and relatives? It’s a great idea, especially for privacy, but take these considerations into account.

For a bedroom to be in a basement, an egress window must allow for an escape in an emergency situation. An experienced contractor is able to share what this is and its costs for installation.

These are a few of the considerations to take into account before embarking on the basement remodel of your dreams.

Are you considering a basement remodel? Contact Moss Building & Design at 703-961-7707 or email us at Hello@MossBuildingandDesign.com.

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