Your basement has the potential to add plenty of space for your family to use. That’s why many homeowners are considering basement construction in their Rochester, MN area homes. Maybe you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer, but before you start framing in rooms and windows on your basement remodeling project, we’d like to make sure you understand what you’re getting into. Today, 99 North Construction would like to offer you a few reasons why you should have your basement finished by a reliable general contractor.
Basements Have Unique Characteristics
Basement remodeling typically presents issues you won’t deal with anywhere else in your home. For instance, most pipework, duct work, furnace, water heater and the like are usually located in the basement. Ceilings may be lower than normal, and windows must meet certain size requirements, depending on the room.
An experienced general contractor will take all of these special circumstances into consideration when planning your basement construction project. They will find creative ways to work around them so that you are able to maximize the available space. Your new basement will look just as good and functions as well as you hoped it would.
Because basements sit below ground, they can be susceptible to water infiltration. A licensed general contractor will check to make sure your basement is dry and will stay that way. If not, they will make recommendations to amend the problem. Some recommendations may be applying waterproofing products, insulation, ventilation, moisture barriers, or installing drains or a sump pump. Basements are also generally constructed of concrete, which conducts moisture, so walls will have to be built in such a way as to allow for it to expand and contract. In addition, any wood coming into contact with the floor should be treated to avoid mold growth and decay.
Plan for Tomorrow
A good general contractor will discuss the plans you have for your home down the road. If it includes additional remodeling projects, he/she will take that into account since it may affect your mechanical systems, which are likely located in the basement. Planning ahead will prevent you from having to tear out or redo your current basement construction project.
We’re the Licensed General Contractor Rochester Residents Depend on for Basement Finishing
We hope we’ve given you some food for thought and provided answers as to why you should have your basement finished by a reliable general contractor. Doing the work yourself is always an option, but it’s good to know what you’re up against before you start. If you are thinking about basement finishing in your Rochester, MN area home, 99 North Construction would be happy to sit down with you and discuss how we can bring your vision to life.