Choose your own adventure- Basement edition, part 3

This is part 3 of a story examining the process of choosing a contractor. In part 1, we described the process David and Sarah went through to get estimates for their basement project. Part 2 discussed the results of David and Sarah choosing the cheaper contractor who included design for free. Below we’ll look at […]

Choose your own adventure- Basement edition, part 2

This is part 2 of a story examining the process of choosing a contractor. At the end of part 1, David and Sarah were deciding between working with 2 contractors. Let’s look at the results of one decision below. David and Sarah choose the less expensive contractor (we’ll call him Jim). They meet with Jim […]

Basement finish- choose your own adventure, part 1

There are many sayings out there about cost and value. While “you get what you pay for” is often accurate, I think it’s helpful to think about how that works out with respect to remodeling. To help make it easy to understand, I’ll give you an example in story form about a basement finishing project. […]

Soundproofing your Finished Basement

Soundproofing your basement is a great idea. It’s remarkable how loud it can be when someone walking across the floor above. It’s also unnerving to have the floor you’re standing on start vibrating because of loud sounds in the basement! We’ve included several things to consider below. It’s also helpful to talk about sound transmission […]

Basement finishing: framing options

Here in Minnesota, we love our basements! It’s a feature most homes have, although their condition can vary greatly. We usually put our appliances like furnaces, boilers, water heaters, water softeners, and water filtration systems there. Often our laundry appliances are there as well. And storage. Lots of space for storage! A finished basement is […]

The process of designing and building

There are four main methods to managing the design and construction process when remodeling your home. Before deciding how you’d like to handle your project, figure out what your priorities are. Do you want a unique design or something basic? Are there structural changes you’ll need to make? Do you want to have all choices […]