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5 Interesting Ways to Remodel Your Basement

Is your basement damp, dark, and way too cold to do anything with? You can change that! Your basement is valuable square footage in your home, and with the right remodeling team and a few ideas, you can create something unique and enjoyable for the entire family.

Create a Home Theater

Because basements usually only have small windows that are easy to cover up, they are the perfect place to design and install your very own movie theater. All you need is a good projector, the right type of screen, and some great seating.

If you have some money to spend, you can purchase high-quality home theater seats at most stores, or if you prefer a more affordable alternative, use pallets to create your own stadium seating area. Cover them in comfortable cushions, blankets, and pillows. A popcorn maker and snack and drink counter in the corner will complete the look.

Design the Perfect Game Room

Maybe your family prefers to game. Your basement probably offers enough space for video gaming, board games, and even billiards or air hockey. Add a television and comfortable seating on either end of the room if you have multiple gaming consoles and fill in the center with a table for board or card games and anything else you can think of. This type of redesign is another great place to include an area for snacks and drinks.

Turn It Into a Man or Woman Cave

Or, if you and your spouse can’t agree on who gets the space, add a room divider so you each have your own area. Whether you like movies, gaming, collecting action figures, scrapbooking, makeup, or any other range of hobbies, the basement is the perfect space for you to set up areas dedicated specifically to your hobbies.

Add Some Extra Bedrooms

In some cases, the basement’s structure allows for separate rooms to be created. Maybe you have three kids, but you also only have three bedrooms upstairs. If your children are getting old enough that they’d prefer to have their own space, turn the basement into an extra bedroom or two. If the layout allows for it, you could even install another bathroom for added convenience.

Earn Rental Income

Maybe you’ve been looking for a way to earn some extra income. If your basement has a private entrance, it could be the perfect apartment. For a small basement, a small living and sleeping area, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom would be perfect.

If your basement is very large, adding a separate bedroom, or two, increases the value even more. Of course, if you do decide to use the space as a rental unit, be sure you are in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, and always do extensive background checks on anyone who will be living on your property.

Your basement doesn’t have to be the scary place at the bottom of the stairs, and you don’t have to rush through doing laundry in a cold, uninviting space. Hire DuPaul Construction to help you design something amazing!

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Part 2: 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Beginning a Home Remodeling Project

As everyone knows, remodeling your home is a significant commitment, both of time and of your valuable financial resources. Even a seemingly small project can be more intensive than you might realize. There are five important questions you should ask your contractor before beginning any home renovations. The answers to these questions can save you a lot of stress, energy, and money.

Question 1: Can This Project Reasonably Be Completed on the Schedule We Have Set?

Obviously, some jobs will take longer than others, but a good contractor will be able to give you an accurate time frame. You should know the day your project will be complete by going in. Of course, unexpected problems may occur, but these unforeseen eventualities should be taken into account by the contractor.

At DuPaul Construction, we take great pride in completing our projects on time and within the set budget. We will always alert you to any unexpected challenges and will deal with them immediately so that we do not get behind schedule.

Question 2: What Will the Job Look Like While It Is in Progress?

The construction crew will have lots of equipment and material to complete the job. Where will they store it? What will they do with it when they finish for the night? Will you be able to use the room or area of the house that is being worked on, or will it be closed off? The day-to-day practicalities of what the job will actually look like are important to know so you can plan your life accordingly and avoid more inconvenience than necessary.

Question 3: What Will I Be Expected to Provide for the Crew?

The construction crew will vary in size, depending on the size of the job, but they will require things like restrooms and places to eat their lunch. Asking about these things ahead of time will ensure your contractor can make the logistics as convenient for you and your family as possible.

Question 4: What Time Will You Begin and End Work Each Day?

This question may seem obvious, but projects can vary based on a lot of factors, including neighbors, local noise ordinances, and family preferences. If you would prefer a later or earlier start time and it is feasible for the crew, or if you need them to take a break for an hour in the afternoon for a child’s nap time, it is important to be upfront about all of these issues ahead of time.

Question 5: Do You Foresee Any Complications?

Again, this question may seem obvious, but many people overlook it. Your contractor is experienced with projects just like yours, and you should take advantage of this wealth of knowledge to avoid common pitfalls.

If you are ready to open a dialogue about your future remodeling project, we at DuPaul Construction are standing by. We are here to make the experience from beginning to end the best experience possible for you!

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Part 1: Planning Your Remodeling Project

Whether you are embarking on a remodeling project for you entire home, or simply one room, it is vital to have a clear plan of what you want to accomplish and when you want to accomplish it. Your contractor can help you with this, but it is important to have as clear a picture in your mind as possible before you even begin the remodeling process.

Develop a Wish List

The first step in planning an effective and cost-efficient remodeling project is developing a wish list. An effective wish list will have three distinct sections: “Must Haves,” “Wants,” and “Eventually.” Every project that must be done or that you would like to do on your home will fall under one of these categories.

Must Haves

With your partner, sit down and list everything, no matter how big or little, that you would like to accomplish on all future remodeling projects. The vital projects that must be taken care of immediately will be placed under the “Must Haves” section of the list. This will include broken appliances that need to be replaced, issues with code compliance, or taking care of safety issues that could cause harm or illness to your family.

Obviously, “Must Haves” must take top priority; therefore, it is important to know in advance which projects are not optional. These projects will add resale value to your home and make it more beautiful, but their primary concern is making sure your home is livable and safe for everyone.

Wants

The “Wants” section of the list might be the most difficult to fill out. This portion of the wish list is for projects that do not affect the safety and welfare of your family but are more urgent and more desirable than “Eventually” projects.

For example, the exterior of your home may not need to be painted, but if the paint is old and chipping away badly, it would probably be desirable to paint the house before adding a pool. However, in some instances, adding a pool may be more desirable than another project. This list will vary a lot depending on your particular situation and your budget.

Eventually

The “Eventually” portion of the wish list is arguably the most fun to fill out. This is where you get to write down all of the pie-in-the-sky ideas you would do if time and money were no object. Perhaps you will get to them, perhaps you will not.
Believe it or not, this is an important exercise. Placing items on this list will help you solidify in your own mind what your final goal for your home is, as well as how important each element of that plan is to you. You may discover you do not want to complete certain jobs as much as you thought you did, and you may discover that certain other jobs need to take priority for reasons you had not taken into account before.

Once you have this list, you can consult with your contractor. They will be able to help you refine it further based on the budget you have to work with, and you will be able to complete your remodeling projects in an order that makes financial sense.

If you think you are ready to embark on the exciting journey of remodeling your home, contact us at DuPaul Construction today! We are here to make your dreams come true!

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Home Addition Tips

At Dupaul Construction, we know all there is to know about estimating, planning, and building a home addition. To ensure that you can have a successful project from start to finish, we decided to share some of our expertise on the subject.

Here’s our list of essential home addition tips:

1. Writing Down Ideas

It’s well worth it to take some time early in the process to write down exactly why you want to add on to your home. At the same time, you should be jotting down all of your design ideas. Don’t be picky at this point, just record any ideas that feel like realistic possibilities. Having a wide range of options on paper will give a contractor an in-depth look at your overall vision.

2. Setting Priorities

To make that list of potential ideas even more valuable, you should separate the must-have items from the maybes. Reorganizing the list in order of priority will come in handy if you should have to make some cuts due to budget constraints later in the process.

3. Setting a Budget

Deciding how much you’re willing to spend is easy, but actually estimating the cost of materials, labor, and some of the smaller details so you can maximize your spending power is a usually a job for professionals. Come up with an overall number that works for you, but find a contractor who specializes in additions, home remodeling & renovations in Martinsburg, WV to help you set an itemized budget that will guide the project.

4. Inspecting Your Home

Surprises can be expensive when they interrupt a home addition project. That’s why it’s best to identify potential issues like inadequate HVAC systems, termite damage, etc. before construction gets started. Have your contractor give your home a thorough inspection in the early stages.

5. Planning for Disruptions

Your typical home routine is likely to be disrupted by ongoing construction. Schedule the project for a time of year that is most convenient for your family. Planning ahead to match construction time with the family being away on vacation would be an ideal scenario.

6. Informing Neighbors

It’s often a good idea to let your neighbors know that contractors will be working on your home. It’s unlikely they will be directly impacted, but giving them a heads up will be appreciated and will help ensure any kids and pets are kept safe around the work area.

Armed with these tips, you will be in great shape to pull off the perfect home addition. For more helpful information on add-on projects, check out this blog from a contractor specializing in luxury home remodeling in Denver.

To speak with a Martinsburg contractor about planning and budgeting for a home addition project, contact Dupaul Construction today!

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How to Budget For A Home Remodeling Project

Home remodeling is a major endeavor. No matter what your financial situation, you must make certain that you have a set amount put aside. Developing a budget can be confusing, overwhelming, and time-consuming. A budget makes it possible to enjoy life while achieving your remodeling dreams. Take the below suggestions into consideration to lower your stress levels when budgeting your remodeling project.

Get Some Paper and Writing Utensils

Nothing beats the old standby of writing information down on paper. Use a pencil, because the information will likely change throughout your budgeting process. Many remodeling experts recommend having a spiral-bound notebook handy to update information whenever needed.

Know Your Expenses

These are your daily living costs needed to survive. This includes mortgage or rent payments, utilities, insurance, car payments, clothing, medical and dental, credit card payments, commuting costs, repairs and maintenance, plus food. Always write down the highest figure, just to be safe. This is known as the worst-case scenario. It is something you hope will not happen, but need to take into consideration just in case.

Set aside an amount for incidental or recreational expenses. Membership dues, socializing activities, and dining out are always welcome treats. You need to include an estimated amount in your expense figure.

Know Your Income

That may sound silly, but income is an ever-changing revenue stream. This is especially true if you are self-employed, freelance, or have a variety of income sources.

Find your bank statements, investment statements, retirement information, and other such data. Record your income in your budget software or on your hard copy source.

Utilize Accounting or Bookkeeping Software

There are many bookkeeping and/or accounting software programs available to suit many needs. If you have zero experience working with budgets, find a program that is geared towards users with minimal financial history. QuickBooks is one example. The cost is so minimal and the timesavings are well worth the expense. Many families use software to organize and control their finances.

Software is ideal for categorizing and listing all the details. You can even print out a financial statement reflecting your current financial resources.

Get a Free Estimate

A respectable, qualified home remodeling provider—like DuPaul Construction —will offer free estimates. It is the ideal way to see if the company has what you are seeking. You can also evaluate whether or not the contractor is a good fit. A contractor, remember, is a direct reflection of the company. Ask the contractor for a range of costs, from the lowest to the highest.

Always have a budget when hiring a home remodeling company. You and your contractor will benefit. For more information on a reputable contractor that offers services for all budgets, visit http://www.dupaulconstruction.com.

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Advantages of Basement Remodeling

Every homeowner, at some point or another, has thought about remodeling his or her home. Whether that entails fixing your kitchen, or making over your bathroom, a new room can breathe new life into your home.

But, it is not always feasible, nor recommended, that you remodel your home all at the same time. Most professional contractors, such as DuPaul Construction, suggest you choose one room in your home to begin your remodeling project. And one of the best—and easiest—ways to add comfort and room to a home is to refinish your basement.

Extra Room

Remodeling your basement is a great way to increase the square footage of your home, which is a nice additional selling point, if you are ever in the position of selling your property. It is also a nice way to add bathrooms or bedrooms; thereby giving your kids—or your significant other—rooms of their own within the home.

By partnering with a trusted construction company, like DuPaul Construction, you will be consulted on all aspects of your basement remodeling. This includes the layout, any plumbing or electrical work, flooring, lighting, and painting decisions. All of these choices can then lay out the design plan you have for the rest of your home.

Entertainment Space

Choosing to use your remodeled basement as an entertainment space allows for creative decisions within your own home. With a finished basement, you could build your very own movie theater or bar in your home, complete with all the accessories that you love.

Depending on your entertainment choices and your budget, DuPaul Construction can work with you to give you the best experience available at home. From creating a lounge atmosphere to building you a soundproof movie theater, a consultation with the experts at DuPaul Construction will set you on the path to having a home entertainment suite that puts other venues to shame.

Alternatively, if you and your family enjoy entertaining guests with a dinner party or a casual gathering of adult friends, you may think about building a lounge atmosphere, complete with a built-in bar and a casual layout. This will give your family a separate place to entertain throughout the year, and might even become the focal point of your social circle, if designed correctly and with your needs in mind!

Increasing the Value of Your Home

If you are remodeling your home before selling it, refinishing your basement is a great way to add value to your property. By remodeling the basement, you are adding livable square footage and the potential for extra rooms, which can elevate your home’s value on the open market.

It is important to remember that remodeling your basement prior to putting it on the market is best done by a professional team. A company like DuPaul Construction is qualified to do electrical and plumbing work that will be up to code and will pass inspection by potential homeowners.

Undertaking a full remodeling of your home is a costly endeavor that will take months, or even a year, to complete. But if you choose to begin your remodeling project with your basement, you will be amazed by the results—and the advantages—that will be afforded you. Get in contact with DuPaul Construction today to learn more about remodeling your basement.

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