Basement Remodeling In Montgomery County

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From Unfinished To Unbelievable Basement Remodels In Montgomery County

Finishing a basement can add loads of usable space to your Montgomery County home. With the right set of skills and tools, you can transform what was once a dank and dingy room into a new bedroom, a luxurious bathroom, a game room – anything you can imagine!

At Savage Remodeling we turn your basement ideas and dreams into reality. We have extensive basement remodeling experience, design expertise, and a friendly, neighborly approach.

We are a family-owned and operated remodeling company and have served Montgomery County and the surrounding neighborhoods for years. No matter the size of your project, big or small, we will help you create a flawless plan to create a basement that you can enjoy for years to come. Get started today by requesting a complimentary consultation.

Factors in Calculating Basement Remodel Costs

Basement condition and size

Basement’s size and current condition will play a huge role in your finished basement cost. For example, a partial basement remodel of an area less than 700 sq. feet could average from $9,000 to $52,500, while the complete remodel of a basement with 4,000 square feet could cost over $200,000. Also, if your unfinished basement has any leaks or moisture problems, you will have to spend more for waterproofing before you begin the basement remodel.

Subcontractors and labor

No two houses are alike, so no two basements are alike. Savage Remodeling will do the majority of the work in-house, but we sometimes have to seek outside expertise depending on the needs and complexity of your basement remodel. Advanced electrical, plumbing, and design work can increase the cost of your finished basement.

Permits

When doing a basement remodel in Montgomery County, and you plan to add walls, or and install plumbing or wiring, the local building authority may require a permit before starting the project. Permit and inspection fees vary. Savage Remodeling will pull the permit on your behalf and include the cost in our charges, making sure it is clearly labeled on a separate line item.

Cleanup and repair

If your basement has existing mold or water damage, cleanup could add anywhere from $1,200 to $5,100 to the overall cost of your basement remodel. If professional mold remediation is required and wallboard and flooring must be replaced, the price could start around $10,000 and go up from there. On the flip side, a simple flooring replacement and a new coat of paint could cost less than $3,000.

Waterproofing

The difference between above-grade walls and basement walls is that basement walls directly contact the soil. This makes basements prone to moisture problems and leaking. Before finishing a basement, any moisture problems need to be addressed. Waterproofing a basement can add an estimated $2,000 to $7,000 to project costs.

Finishing

When it comes to basements, “finishing” means to transform the basement (no matter what shape it’s currently in) into a living space that’s similar in quality to the above ground living spaces. The cost to finish basement living spaces will vary based on all the factors covered, but a general estimate is between $30 and $75 per square foot in Montgomery County.

Room Additions: Bedrooms, Bathrooms, and More

Adding new rooms into a basement is standard for many remodeling projects in Montgomery County. The cost will vary by the type of room and the quality of the materials and fixtures. Adding a bathroom ranges from $6,600 to $16,500, while adding a master suite can run about $25,000, especially if egress (escape) windows must be installed. Other popular basement remodel projects include: home theaters, saunas, wet bars, and home gyms.

How to Save Money on a Basement Remodel

When DIY-ing some of a basement remodeling project isn’t feasible, you can still take measures to save some money. 

Research before starting the project.

Visit trade shows, go to open houses, and browse through home design magazines to see how other homeowners have finished their basements. The more ideas you can draw from, the easier it is to select budget-friendly designs and still get the desired look.

Examples of how homeowners have finished their basement in Montgomery County are:

  • Luxurious additional bathrooms

  • Theaters or game rooms

  • Lounges including a wet barIn-home gyms

  • At-home office spaces

  • Spacious master bedrooms

  • In-law apartments with finished kitchens

Don’t make changes once the project starts.

Change orders can be costly, due to having to prioritize new work plans, and ordering last-minute materials (which can be expensive). Know what you want and stick to it. That’s why we offer free consultation services to determine what makes the most sense for your finished basement.

Avoid using materials that exceed the quality of the materials used on the above-grade floors.

For example, don’t choose quartz countertops for a wet bar in the basement if the upstairs kitchen has laminate countertops. Not only will this save money, but it will create a cohesive look through the home.

Consider an open basement plan.

Separating the basement living space into multiple rooms means building walls and running additional wiring, which adds substantially to your final cost. If you can consider an open basement plan, it can be very cost effective.

Final Considerations Before You Start:

Take advantage of our free consultation services to discuss all your ideas for your basement remodel. We can discuss each of your ideas, and show you examples of finished basement projects we have done. We can then help you determine what makes the most sense based on your timeline and budget.

Why You Should Remodel Your Basement

No Moisture, No Mold, No Problems

Countertop Installation

We use the best moisture control techniques, and use moisture and mold-resistant materials designed for basements.

Excellent Return On Investment

Backsplash Installation

A finished basement ranks up high with a kitchen and bath remodel in increasing home value and being more attractive to future buyers.

Inexpensive Extra Space

Flooring Installation

Finishing your basement is an excellent way to make use of the space you already have. More cost effective than building an addition.

Energy Savings

Window Installation

Adding insulation and energy-efficient windows in the basement will improve your home's comfort while saving money on heating and cooling costs.

Common Basement Remodeling Questions

How much does it cost to finish a basement?

The average cost to finish a basement is $23 to $47 per square foot or between $16,000 and $46,000. An open-plan basement remodel typically costs $2,000 to $5,000 less than a basement remodel that has rooms. Basement renovation costs depend on the layout, if framing and drywall are needed, materials, and construction labor.

What is the most expensive part of finishing a basement?

From working on several basement remodels in Montgomery County, the most expensive thing that goes into your finished basement is flooring. This is based on the fact that the poured concrete in most basements isn’t installed with a finished basement in mind. That means that the current floor may require leveling before any other work gets done.

We will also need moisture barriers in place on the floor that you wouldn’t need in other parts of the home. Those barriers ensure that whatever flooring you do put down won’t get damaged by moisture that sneaks into the basement.

That all happens before you even consider flooring materials, such as tile or carpet, which can also drive the price up or down.

How long does a basement remodel take?

On average, the entire renovation process will take approximately four to eight weeks to complete. This can vary depending on the current condition of your basement, electric facilities, the full scope of work, etc.

What costs the most when finishing a basement?

Labor will make up approximately 40% or more of your basement remodeling cost.

Is it worth it to renovate a basement?

Finishing a basement in Montgomery County is typically a great investment. The average return on investment for a basement project is around 75 cents on the dollar. It is also very appealing to future buyers in case you decide to sell one day.

How do I start remodeling my basement?

The best way to start is to reach out to our team here at Savage Remodeling for a free consultation to help you determine what options you have, how to maximize your budget, and the full scope of effort required.

This is how we approach each basement remodel:

  • Help you decide how you want to use the space

  • Help you set an appropriate budget

  • Guide you on how to best clear out your space

  • Conduct a moisture test

  • We follow local codes and requirements, pulling the necessary permits 

  • We insulate your basement

  • We handle all electric and plumbing that is required

  • We frame and put together any additional walls

  • We paint the wallsWe put in your flooring

  • We install the Ceiling

  • We add all the finishing details

How can I save money when renovating a basement?

Keep it simple. A great way to cut back on costs is to go with standard materials rather than expensive premium alternatives. 

Opt for an open floor plan. Unless you really need separate rooms for home offices, workshops, extra storage or utility rooms, get rid of those basement walls.

With one open space, you’ll save on the costs of additional drywall, electrical wiring, doors and even the pieces of hardware that keep everything all in place, which can really add up.

Choose carpeting. Your flooring can account for a huge chunk of your budget. Hardwood looks great, but it can cost up to $22 per square foot.

Carpeting, on the other hand, goes for around $3 to $11 per square foot. 

Look into DIY. You could do some of the work yourself. We don’t advise amateurs to take on anything involving electrical work, but hanging drywall or painting is doable for the average handy person.

But be careful here; wading into a project with no experience or knowledge can cost you more in the long run if you end up making a costly mistake that doesn’t meet building codes. You’ll likely just end up paying us to fix your mess for you.

You can work with us to figure out where you can cut costs, potentially even working out a payment schedule that works with your budget.

What is the hardest part of finishing a basement?

The biggest challenge in finishing a basement is when our team has to work around obstructions. We need to account for heating ducts, plumbing drains, water pipes, gas lines and electrical wires that are all off and hung below the floor joist.

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