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a living room used by all family members for recreation and relaxation.
Exactly, now look around your family room. What do you see? Is it warm, welcoming relaxing space, or is it more of a disorganized, under-utilized mess that, if truth be told, is only benefitting the dog who seems to think it is his personal lounging area. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs, but the room is for the entire family.
First, take a look at all the space. Is it a good size? Walls can come down to give you more of an open floor plan, but keep this in mind, open floor plans leave no room for messes to hide or furniture to be placed! You can’t just close the door, but then again, that could be a good motivating factor to keep the mess down to a manageable level.
Maybe the problem isn’t room size, but the wall color, the flooring, and the lighting. All those can be changed and will give your room a completely different look.
Functionality is key, and it could be that the room doesn’t function for the growing family, or empty nesters. Wet bars, or dry bars can be added to give the space more entertaining options. A big screen tv and comfortable seating will make a room into a theater. A game table can be tucked into a corner so that it’s always game time.
There are no limits to what your family room can be transformed into. Think about it.
This family wanted extra living space, plus a guest bedroom for guests when they come to visit.
With a minimum of fuss, we have a large, open, flexible room in the basement with an added bedroom.
Egress windows bring in light as well as provide exits if needed.
Cardea Construction was the basement contractor, remodeling the basement and enhancing the living space in this home.
Simple, elegant, inviting….
If you are short on space, storage, and inspiration, contact Cardea Construction Company and we’d be happy to work with you on ideas for your new basement space—and then get it built for you. You may want a space for their kids to use that is separate from the main living. Or, if you have older kids and want to accommodate their needs. Perhaps you need to build an in-law suite to accommodate an older parent or other relative with all the comforts of home.
A livable basement area easily doubles the amount of marketable square footage of your home, which is great for you while you are enjoying it and really is a selling point for later. Finishing the basement typically costs a third to half of what it would take for above-ground construction.
But before we start, understand that living space created in your basement, especially if you are including at least one bedroom, does require emergency escape and rescue openings. We know the local building codes. So, if you are not lucky enough to already have a walk out basement, Cardea can help you create egress that is functional, enhances your lighting, is attractive and meets code.
There is no end to what you can do with your basement. Here are some of the trends that we see in that extra living space– a media room, living room, wine cellar, wet bar, gym, office, playroom, man’s cave, laundry and guest room are all popular choices.
Things to think about as you plan for this remodel.
1. Adding a basement bathroom
2. Carpet the floors
3. Paneled the walls
4. Add a ceiling
5. Add lighting, if your ceiling is less than 8ft, think about recessed lights.
6. Built-in shelving
7. Don’t forget connectivity.
Call Cardea Construction Company as you look for ways to make your home more liveable.
Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor
Patricia Harroun, Founder, Cardea Construction Co.
A 1996 home updated to better fit the homeowners’ lifestyle is one of 12 beautifully remodeled homes on this year’s Remodelers Home Tour, sponsored by the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor. The Remodelers Home Tour is October 4 & 5 throughout the Ann Arbor area. Visit www.BragAnnArbor.com for details.
We just had a short, but strong downpour here at Cardea Construction Company. One minute nothing but hot and humid, the next, downpour. Then as fast as it came, it ended.
My thought for the day, check your basement. If you have one of those ugly, “I don’t go down there unless I have to” basements, you might not be aware of changes that are occurring. Changes like dampness, leaks, even mold, if gotten to early on can be fixed. If left to their own devices for an extended period of time, it will cost you a whole lot more to repair. So, note to self… do go down into your basement on a regular basis and keep track of what is going on down there.