I took the time to talk to an Alpharetta Basement Finishing company to get to know the business a little better. After all, I am planning on getting our basement remodeled in our home soon. Once I started shopping around to all of the remodeling companies, I realized how much I DIDN’T know. After talking to a friend of mine that owns a business that specializes in finishing basements in Alpharetta Ga, I decided to reveal to my readers and followers what I had learned. My goal is to inform you so that if you ever need to go through this process, you will have the knowledge you need to be comfortable in picking a contractor.
What You Must Know When Remodeling Your Basement
Know The Code
Create a second exit. If you’re planning to create a bedroom in your basement, most local codes will require an alternative way for people to get out, aside from stairs to the main floor, in an emergency. “Most basements aren’t built to be exited easily during a fire,” Gromicko says.
There are two primary options for creating a second exit point: an enlarged window or a door. The first requires digging a window well, with a window large enough for a person to fit through and easily get outside. Otherwise you could add a full-size door with stairs on the outside or the classic cellar-style doors with stairs inside the basement.
Both require some digging and will likely come with a hefty price, but it’s necessary to avoid anyone being trapped in the basement if a fire starts in the home. A Bilco brand cellar door and installation will cost between $3,500 and $6,000, says Jack H. Milne Jr., president of Tri-County Inspection Company, based in southern Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey.
Is your basement dark? If you don’t have a walk-out basement, chances are that it’s probably one of the darker areas of your house. You can increase the natural light by adding or enlarging basement windows. A qualified contractor can tell if the surrounding walls will support the increased structural load of adding windows. If adding windows is not an option, try a combination of recessed lighting and lamps.
Condition the space.
Heating and cooling your basement finishing can be as simple as tapping into existing HVAC main trunks and adding a couple of vents ($1,000) or as complicated as upgrading your entire heating and cooling systems ($7,000 to $15,000).
Your contractor will have to “size” your existing system to make sure it can handle the additional load and will comply with building codes that consider health and safety, such as adequate venting of furnace combustion gasses.
These are a few of the things that I wasn’t even thinking about when I first decided I needed to hire a contractor. Hopefully this gets you in the right state of mind to proceed with comfort.