Your basement holds a lot of square footage within your home, and maximizing that to suit the needs of your family is a great way to add value to your home and to your daily life. Whether you're in need of more bedrooms, an in-law suite for an aging parent or college-age children, an additional living area, or even if you want a space to entertain and store your fine wine collection – basements are a blank space ready to be utilized!
Denny + Gardner is a full-service Design-Build contractor, licensed for remodeling and new construction in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Washington DC, the City of Alexandria and Loudoun County. Our team always operates while holding true to our values of "Quality, Pride, and Innovation" and will provide you with a successful basement remodel, using innovative design, that your family and our team will be proud of.
If you're ready to get started on the basement of your dreams, Denny + Gardner is here to turn it into a reality!
Design-Build simplifies the remodel process for everyone involved – homeowner and contractor alike. A Design-Build contractor will handle all steps of the process from initial communication and estimates to project wrap-up, and everything in between. When hiring a Design-Build contractor for your basement remodel project, you are hiring both designer and builder in one.
Ultimately, this means that there is one team for homeowners to communicate their ideas, expectations, and budget. This streamlined process of communication greatly diminishes or eliminates the potential for miscommunications between the homeowner and the contracting team.
When choosing a contractor for your basement remodel project in the Northern Virginia or Washington D.C. area, a great place to start is your network. Inquire with co-workers who live local to your area and have recently completed a remodeling project – ask if they were pleased with their contractor of choice, then ask them for referrals. You can also utilize websites like Houzz.com and Angie's List to view contractors in your area, browse their project galleries, and learn more about their team's experience. Once you've made a decision, or at least narrowed it down, request a meeting with the contractor(s) to ask any questions you may have. Below, we have some examples of productive and helpful questions to ask a Design-Build contractor during your consultation.
Is remodeling a basement worth it?
Absolutely. According to a nationwide survey conducted by Remodeling magazine, the average return on a basement remodel is 75 on the dollar. In addition to the cost vs. value of a basement remodel, making use of this unused square footage of your home to suit the needs of your family is the best return of all.
How long does a basement renovation take?
The length of each basement remodel project will vary drastically depending on size, existing structures such as framing and/or walls, existing plumbing and electricity, and several other factors. On average, you can expect your basement project to take anywhere from 1-6 months, but an experienced design-build contractor will be able to present a more detailed timeline once you have laid out your expectations.
In what order do you remodel a basement?
Remodeling an unfinished basement is similar to building a house – you must add insulation if it is not already, then frame any walls you may want in your space. After framing, utilities such as plumbing and electric are installed, and drywall will be mounted. After that, we paint, and the ceiling and flooring will also have to be installed.
How often should a basement be remodeled?
Typically, homeowners remodel their basement for a specific use – workout area, in-law suite, guest bedrooms, bar area, etc. Due to this, many basement remodel projects are only a heavy lift in the very beginning, unless you wish to rearrange your space completely. The recurrence of a basement remodel is completely up to the homeowner and the needs of their family.
What questions should I ask a contractor before hiring them to remodel my basement?
Protecting both yourself and the investment you are putting into your home is the most important part of any remodeling project. Here are examples of questions to ask regardless of which area of your home you are hiring a contractor to remodel:
Denny + Gardner builds and remodels in the following areas:
• Fairfax, Fairfax Station
• Northern Arlington
• Northwest D.C.
• Potomac Falls
• Wolf Trap
Is your city not on this list? Contact our team, as you may be within our service area!