PROJECT OF THE MONTH: THE PETERS FAMILY

It all starts with an idea. We contemplate the look and feel we want our space to have. But usually, we aren’t sure how to bring that idea to life. Every client comes to us with a unique design idea. Our designers use their training and talents to bring those ideas to fruition. The Peters family recently had that very experience. From small details and personal touches, their designer not only met the Peters’ space needs, but blew them away with more than they could imagine.

FBC: Where did your initial design inspiration come from?

{Peters}: We knew the feeling we wanted to have from our basement. We wanted it to be cozy and a bit rustic — a haven to relax and create memories as a family. But we didn’t want to replicate what we had in other areas of the home. So, we forced ourselves to think outside of the box as far as traditional basement layouts or what was designed for the space by our initial home builder. We decided to place the fireplace as a central focal point for the basement and designed the lounge and TV room around the fire to take advantage of that warmth.

As opposed to a traditional bar area, we created a lounge that would be more conducive to conversations with friends. Upstairs in our kitchen we found ourselves entertaining friends and family by standing around our kitchen island, so we didn’t want to replicate that design. We decided on a lounge space to replace a more traditional “bar” as we thought this would be different and unique from the feeling of other spaces in our home. Natalie managed to twist Ryan’s arm into getting a sauna as well, adding even more warmth during the cold MN winter months.

FBC: How did your designer(s) collaborate with you to create the final designs?

{Peters}: Our Finished Basement Company designers were tuned into our taste from conversations and our “tags” on Houzz. They made suggestions that fell right in line with our dream basement. They were also very conscious of our budget and made adjustments to the design to fall in line with what we had outlined.

FBC: What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

{Peters}: Seeing it all come together and picking out materials as a team. I am usually very particular and take a lot of time to make decisions. They narrowed in on our taste and made suggestions that made the process very fast and easy for us.

FBC: Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

{Peters}: Our budget! We weren’t sure that everything on our dream list would be attainable. Finished Basement Company helped us adapt our plan to get the basement we wanted and also stayed within our budget.

FBC: How did your project manager address any issues or set-backs during the construction process?

{Peters}: They were always quick to respond. If we had any concern, they’d address it right away.

FBC: What is your family’s favorite element of your newly finished space?

{Peters}: We love creating new memories together as a family. We just finished decorating the space for the holidays, and we can’t wait to enjoy the space for special moments in the future.

FBC: How do you use your finished space? (i.e. day to day, entertaining, kids parties, crafting, etc.)

{Peters}: We use the space as a getaway and relaxation space as much as we can. We watch movies together as a family, sit by the fire, entertain friends, host parties, host Girl Scout meetings, and have spa days together in the sauna.

FBC: Any other thoughts or feedback from the project!

{Peters}: We love the space more than we could have imagined. I hosted a party with some girlfriends a few weeks ago, and we received so many compliments. Everyone felt that it was the perfect space for entertaining, and a very cool new addition to the house.

 

Square Footage: 1,000 – 1,500 sq. ft.
Price: $110,000–$150,000
Style: Transitional, Rustic

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: THE MILES FAMILY

Like many homeowners, the Miles family used to use their basement space for storage. After partnering with Finished Basement company, we were able to help turn that storage space into an additional living area that maximized an under 1000 foot space. Our talented designers work hard to be sure that our homeowners can make the most of any space, and for the Miles family, the result was a beautiful, open, and unified with the style of their home.

Where did your initial design inspiration come from? (i.e. Pinterest, Houzz, homewalkthrough, FBC website, etc.)

(Miles) Many of our initial design ideas came from magazines like Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Interior Design. However, most of the designs were in areas larger than our basement space. So, we were very interested in seeing what our principal designer and the team would design for our space.

How did your designer(s) collaborate with you to create the final designs?

(Miles) Our principal designer listened carefully to our wants/needs to ensure she and the team designed a space we’d love. It was important that the basement looked unified with the Mediterranean style of our home. We didn’t want the basement space to look like an after-thought.

What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

(Miles) After the design came to life, we really enjoyed seeing the process come to fruition through updates on Builder Trend. Our space was initially just used for storage, but as each step progressed it was amazing to see the additional living space we’d soon enjoy.

Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

(Miles) Our two biggest concerns were that our less than 1000sq foot space looked as roomy as possible, and that the climate was adequately controlled. From the beginning the design team offered suggestions that would enhance the openness of the space. Their results were terrific. The space suits our needs perfectly! The team also had a HVAC analysis done early in the process to ensure our climate control needs were met.

What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

(Miles) After the design came to life, we really enjoyed seeing the process come to fruition through updates on Builder Trend. Our space was initially just used for storage, but as each step progressed it was amazing to see the additional living space we’d soon enjoy.

Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

(Miles) Our two biggest concerns were that our less than 1000sq foot space looked as roomy as possible, and that the climate was adequately controlled. From the beginning the design team offered suggestions that would enhance the openness of the space. Their results were terrific. The space suits our needs perfectly! The team also had a HVAC analysis done early in the process to ensure our climate control needs were met.

How did your project manager address any issues or set-backs during the construction process?

(Miles) Our project manager was excellent in keeping us updating, discussing a delay, and letting us know why. His communication was very helpful and helped make the process go smoothly.

What is your family’s favorite element of your newly finished space?

(Miles) We love the entire space! We most often use the family room/bar area for relaxing and entertaining. We’re very pleased with FBC!

HOW TO HANDLE WATER ISSUES IN YOUR BASEMENT

Some homeowners interested in remodeling their basement are concerned with existing water issues in the space. Finished Basement Company has the knowledge and expertise to help our clients through water issues ranging from simple to the more complicated. Ideally, the goal is to find the best solution to help achieve the end goal of creating an amazing space for our clients. Some steps to evaluating these concerns are listed here.

1. Evaluate the perimeter of your house

Ensure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from the foundation, not towards it. Back filled dirt around the foundation will typically settle lower than the surrounding dirt causing the ground to sink in and slope towards your house. If necessary, add dirt up against the foundation to create at least a 2″ per foot (that is, a drop of 2″ for each foot you move away) slope against the foundation. Make sure that the top of the dirt is at least six inches below the sill plate so that no ground contact exists which may cause certain building materials to rot in the future.

2. Make sure your gutters are clean

Regularly maintain and clean out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are discharging their water at least 5 feet away from your foundation.

3. Watch out for shrubs and other plants that are too close to your foundation

Rotted roots can create a path for surface water to flow down to your foundation. You should keep plantings at least 12″ away from the foundation and on a slight slope to direct water away from your foundation.

4. Try to waterproof your walls

Try using a product such as Drylok or Xypex if you have minor, intermittent leaks. Drylok is a waterproofer, not a water sealer. It expands as it dries to become part of the wall. Xypex is more like applying a waterproof concrete on the surface that will bond with it. Because Xypex relies on the presence of moisture to form its waterproof crystalline structure if a Xypex application does have small areas of water leakage they will seal themselves as they cycle through moisture. Xypex is also 2-4 times as expensive as Drylok. One problem with these solutions is that groundwater which is underneath your basement floor or at the bottom of the walls is under significant pressure due to the weight of groundwater above it pressing down [and therefore??].

5. Repair defects in poured concrete walls

Defects in concrete walls such as cracks and the places where pipes and form tie rods go through the concrete need to be repaired and maintained. If you see a crack in a concrete wall it goes all the way through the wall to the outside and is a potential source of water. For cracks that will not experience any thermal or structural movement, DRYLOK Fast Plug is very effective in sealing cracks in the masonry. Another reliable way to repair a wall crack is with an injection of construction-grade epoxy that penetrates the crack all the way from inside to outside, bottom to top. Generally, an experienced crack repair technician is the best choice for this. Do-it-yourself kits of epoxy and polyurethane systems are available, but are less reliable.

6. Consider installing a sump

A sump is essentially a hole in your basement floor which contains a pump. When the water level in the sump rises too high, a pump kicks on and draws the water out of the sump, discharging it outside the house, usually 10 or more feet from the foundation. Installing a sump requires a moderate degree of skill and experience, since it involves jack hammering or otherwise creating a hole in the concrete floor of your basement, excavating a hole, placing a liner in the hole, wiring the sump pump itself, and plumbing an outlet from the pump to the outdoors.

7. Try a French drain (or perimeter drain) for serious water issues

A French drain consists of a continuous system of piping, running beneath the floor of the basement and along the entire perimeter of the basement. Installing a French drain is similar to installing a sump, but requires cutting and removing an approximately 12″ wide strip of basement floor along the entire perimeter of the basement, digging a 12″ deep trench, filling it with coarse gravel surrounding the drain pipe, then re-pouring a concrete floor to cover it all up. A French drain will always include a sump and pump for removing any water which gets into the drain system.

8. Have a professional inject Hydroclay around of your foundation

Hydroclay is a waterproofing version of Bentonite Clay, known for its ability to absorb large amounts of water. Usually pumped from the outside, the clay fills in voids and follows the pathways water uses to get inside your foundation permanently sealing the basement.

Each of these ideas offers potential solutions to a basement’s water issues. The uniqueness of each property’s soil type or external material can result in varying effectiveness of each of these solutions. If you are concerned about these issues, speak with a professional to ensure that the steps you take to waterproof are effective.

FBC REMODEL X ROSENTHAL INTERIORS

Here at FBC, we live for collaboration —not just between client and designer but collaboration with other creatives in the area. For this unique basement design project, FBC Remodel’s Minneapolis office (we’re also located in Denver, CO and Naperville, IL!) had the pleasure of working with Rosenthal Interiors, a local modern furniture showroom offering interior design services. The result was a unique, contemporary basement unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Fun Fact: This project won a 2019 NARI CotY Gold Award! One of the judges for this award had this to say about our project:

“LOVE LOVE LOVE this project. Super creative, and what an incredible way of bringing all [of] the different materials together. The radius ceiling details are absolutely incredible. This is an award-winning basement finish — one hundred percent”

An Unfinished Basement Gets a Funky, Contemporary Makeover

These Inver Grove Heights, MN, homeowners already had a beautiful, unique home! In fact, their space was featured at a Luxury Home Tour back in 2015. Our team remembered touring the home back then, and our designer, Amber, instantly recognized the space when she arrived for the family’s design consultation.

These homeowners have a funky, contemporary design style, favoring pops of color and texture. They love featuring unique finishes and drywall details in other areas of their home and wanted to bring that energy into the unfinished basement as well. The goal was to expand their entertainment areas in the summer months, and keep the party going throughout the winter!

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Our designer, Amber, loved the creative challenge of this project. Here’s what she had to say about the fit and function of their new basement:

“This unfinished basement needed to transform into a fun and unique gathering space for large-group get-togethers. From pool parties in the summer to warm cozy movie nights in the winter, this basement was going to provide a much-needed space for all seasons!”

Collaborating with Rosenthal Interiors

Rosenthal Interiors was enlisted by the homeowners previously in some of their upstairs work, and loved the result. This time, they added FBC to the mix to collaborate and pull together the final look!

Rosenthal Interiors is a Minnesota-based furniture showroom offering interior design services in the Twin Cities. Rosenthal, a family company, first opened its doors in 1895, and specializes in high-quality, luxury furnishings and interior design for any part of the home.

“Rosenthal was a big part of putting it all together,” said Amber.

The FBC team fully welcomed the collaboration, and Rosenthal was there to support every step of the way.

“Deanna [from Rosenthal] joined us during our selections meeting and brought materials to match her vision for wallpaper, murals, and furniture. This helped give our team direction in picking out selections, as we wanted everything to flow nicely together.”

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“We don’t specialize in furniture, wall murals, or textures, so it was great working with Deanna to have her include these unique features. It really enhanced the design and architecture for the space”.

An Eclectic Space Made to Entertain

The finished product was stunning, to say the least.

The overall layout flows from one area to the next with sweeping architectural curves. Pops of color and texture bring excitement and bold enhancements to the layers of architecture.

From the two-sided island seating to the game table and convenient snack ledge — the gathering areas ensure no one is left without a seat. The layout not only provides additional seating for more people to enjoy the “the big game” or an episode of Bachelor in Paradise, it provides visual separation from the living room.

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Interior Design & Remodeling in Minneapolis with FBC & Rosenthal

Designing a new space for your home can be one of the most exciting, creatively challenging projects you’ll ever do! If you have a specific vision for your space from start to finish, we’d recommend hiring both a design-build firm and interior decorating partners. Using companies like FBC Remodel and Rosenthal Interiors will give you a seamless, complete, and polished finish that’s ready to entertain right away.

FBC is a design-build firm specializing in basement, kitchen, bathroom, and whole home remodeling. With a proven design-construction process and 23 years in the business, we make remodeling easy, fun, and low-stress. We create every design from scratch, customizing your space to fit your style and design goals. From our collaborative design process to our streamlined construction schedules, all you have to do is sit back and get ready to enjoy your new space.

If you’re ready to book a design consultation with FBC Remodel, or you just have questions about your project, contact our Design Coordinator to learn more!

Looking for beautiful, high-quality modern furniture for your home or interior design services? You can contact Rosenthal Interiors here to learn more about what they can do to upgrade your space. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do.

HOW MUCH DOES A BASEMENT REMODEL COST?

It won’t come as any surprise that one of the first questions we get asked from Denver homeowners is, “how much will my basement remodel cost?”. The answer is far more complicated than a price per square foot. This is because, at FBC, we create completely customized basement designs based on a number of factors.

Depending on the size of your basement, whether it’s currently finished or unfinished, and what you’re looking to do with the space, the cost can vary significantly. That’s why it’s important to talk to your designer about the budget you’re working with — they’ll help you come up with a design you love built around your price point.

Take a look at our pricing guide to get a better idea of basement project ranges.

Top Six Factors that Drive Basement Remodel Price

Layout and Age of Home

Are you happy with the current layout of your basement, or are you looking to completely reconfigure the space? In some cases, you may need your remodel partner to move plumbing or structural elements to get the fit and function you want. The more reconfiguring you need, the more the cost is affected.

Is your basement currently finished or unfinished? If you need to finish your basement and add other specialty rooms and features, expect some extra cost. Some other factors that can drive project pricing include water intrusion, age of home, radon, and fixing uneven concrete.

Basement Features

Cost is also affected by any custom features you’re adding to your remodel. For instance, many of our clients love installing custom bars to turn a basement into an entertainment space for friends. Features like cabinets, wet bars, backsplashes, and new appliances will affect your price as well. You’ll also want to consider budgeting for stone, mantels, a gas line, and power when assessing your budget.

Specialty Rooms

If you want it in your home, we can do it! Unique rooms such as home gyms, offices, crafting areas, wine cellars, and home theaters will be custom-designed to you and your vision. The price depends on the level of customization needed, including materials, equipment, plumbing, quality of finishes, and electrical needs.

Bathrooms

Adding a bathroom to your basement gives a sense of convenience and completion in your space. It’s worth noting that bathrooms require water and electricity. If you don’t currently have plumbing or electricity in your basement, the cost will be affected. You should also take into consideration whether or not you’re looking to move your current plumbing set-up to another area of the basement.

Electrical and Appliances

An often-overlooked element of cost is the hidden mechanical update required to power new appliances. This includes kegerators, kitchenette features, pizza ovens, and more. Make sure to mention what appliances you plan on having in your space when working with your designer and budget.

Egress Windows & Code Compliance

In all basements, having two points of egress is a code requirement. Egress windows are operable windows in your basement that provide an easy exit in case of an emergency. They also provide ventilation and natural light, adding a more comfortable feel to your basement. If your home doesn’t already have these, getting them built will drive the price.

Price of a Basement Remodel in Denver

Pricing out your Denver basement remodel can seem overwhelming, but that’s where FBC Remodel can help! Throughout our process, we design around your budget the best we can — keeping you in the loop should pricing change. We also promise to keep you in the loop of what may raise the price of your project.

Ready to get started? Give us a call today to chat with our design coordinator about your basement remodel project. From there, we’ll match you with an award-winning designer that works with your budget to come up with a design you’ll love.

BASEMENT REMODELING VS. BASEMENT FINISHING IN DENVER

If you’re wanting to remodel your Denver basement, it’s important to note to your designer whether or not you’re working with a finished or unfinished basement. Depending on the current state of your basement, your designer will work with you and your budget to create the space of your dreams.

First, it’s important to know if your basement is finished or unfinished, and what options you have for remodeling.

Basement Finishing Defined

An unfinished basement is a space that’s not currently livable and habitable. When you’re in need of a basement finish, your current space typically lacks drywall, insulation, plumbing, and completed flooring.

Partially finished basements may have some aspects scoped out, like electricity or basic drywall, but still need significant work to be fully finished. When planning your remodel, you’ll need to account for finishing your basement in your scope of work. Rest assured, your design-build partner will be there every step of the way.

It’s also worth noting that if you need a basement finish, and want to DIY some of the work, you can opt for a nearly finished basement with FBC.

Nearly finished basements include:

  • Custom design and construction documents
  • All new walls, ceilings, and architectural features
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Fireplace installations
  • Fully finished electrical
  • Rough-in plumbing
  • Ceiling insulation per current construction codes
  • Wall insulation as wanted or needed
  • Fully finished drywall
  • Painted ceiling and prime coats on walls with ceiling color
  • Inspections for all rough-in, electrical and HVAC

From there, you can opt to finish your remodel with FBC, or DIY the rest of your basement!

Basement Remodeling Defined

Finished basements are move-in ready, and look as complete as the rest of your home. From there, many homeowners decide they’d like to modify or reconfigure the space. That’s what we call a basement remodel. A basement remodel is a gut and renovation of a previously finished basement. Basement remodels are great for older basements, spaces that aren’t up to code, or where no permit was pulled.

Gutting and remodeling a space allows your design-build partner to bring your basement up to code, giving you the best layout and design for your space and adding value to your home. This is an opportunity to move walls, add or move plumbing, create new rooms, and design a space to fit your family’s needs.

Some popular remodels include:

  • Adding a bar to an already finished basement
  • Finishing an unfinished area of a previously finished and permitted basement
  • Adding bedrooms, bathrooms, or specialty areas like a home gym or theater

Our Denver Basement Finishing and Basement Remodeling Process

When finding the right remodeling partner, it’s important to ask about their basement design and construction process.

Here at FBC, we have a proven process that guarantees your project will finish on-time and on-budget:

Step 1: Contact Us

First, you’ll get in touch with our design coordinator, who will find out more about what you need for your basement remodel. They’ll ask the square footage of your basement, what rooms you’d like to build, and what you’re envisioning for your design. From there, our design coordinator will match you with an expert designer for a design consultation.

Step 2: Your Design Consultation

The design consultation is your first appointment with your dedicated interior designer. They will visit your home (in person or virtually) to get to know you, your family, and your day-to-day routine. They’ll not only ask about your basement ideas and design style, but also how the finished design will help improve your life.

Step 3: Design/Measure

From there, your designer will measure the space and provide a rough ballpark for how much they expect the project to cost. They’ll create an “as-built” drawing from those measurements, and that drawing will eventually become your custom design.

Step 4: Ideas Meeting

This is where collaboration happens. In your ideas meeting, your designer will present two 3D versions of your completed design. During the ideas meeting, you’ll point out what you like and don’t like about the two designs. We find that many of our clients combine elements from both options to get their final design!

Step 5: Final Design Meeting & Plan Review

It’s time to lock in your design! In your final plan review meeting, we’ll go over the exact price of your project, including construction notes and the details and finishes you want to see in the finished space. Until this step, you haven’t spent a dime. This is where you decide if you’d like to move forward with construction, and you’ll provide a deposit to lock in your start date.

Step 6: Construction

Your basement can take anywhere from 7-16 weeks, depending on the scope of work and size of your basement. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Project Manager who will be your point of contact for all of your construction needs. Your PM manages all of the trades that are working in your home and ensures your project stays on track and finishes on time.

All you have to do is sit back, relax, and get excited for your new basement!

Basement Finish and Remodeling Services in Denver

What basement finishing and basement remodeling have in common are the possibilities. Denver basements are often a blank slate with a lot of square footage to work with. Think of a basement remodel as an opportunity to design an entire floor of your home!

With a design-build firm, you have the opportunity to reconfigure the layout of your basement to craft a custom space with the specific fit and function your household needs. We can guarantee no other basement design will look like yours.

Ready to see what’s possible? Contact FBC Remodel today to speak with our Design Coordinator about your vision for your basement.