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Our design-build team can provide you with creative and effective design services so that your remodeling project will add beauty and value to your existing home. We understand that you want your project to support and enhance your lifestyle, so we keep you in the loop during the entire process and put your priorities first. Our team is highly skilled at coming up with creative solutions that help you get exactly what you want out of your new space in Saint Louis!
Already have plans drawn up by an architect? No problem. We can work with you to provide general contracting, project management, and construction services in Saint Louis. All you need to do is meet with us to review the plans, catch us up on any communication and budget ideas your designer had in mind, and we will take care of the rest!
The Do it Yourself Basement Remodeling Guide
My basement remodeling company will install a new bathroom, a wet bar, or both, in more than 75% of the basements that we finish for our clients! Any basement can easily have either a bathroom or a wet bar added during construction!
There are a few "tricks-of-the-trade" involved when adding bathrooms and wet bars to basements because of the unconventional ways in which these areas drain waste water. Being so far below grade normally forces you to add some type of "pump" into the mix to make this possible.
ALL of the bathrooms that have this drainage problem require a "Sewage Ejector" of some type to pump the bathroom waste water "up-and-out" to the home existing waste water drainage lines. Very few basements (maybe 10% or less) will enable you to drain the bathroom waste water directly in plumbing waste lines "below" the concrete floor level. If you have waste lines that exit the basement at a level that is higher than the finished concrete floor level you WILL NEED A SEWAGE EJECTOR SYSTEM INSTALLED!
These systems are not rocket science to install, although i do recommend that persons with no prior experience installing these animals NOT try it themselves! These sewage ejector pump systems are installed in the floor below the concrete level and require the installed to cut the concrete floor, dig-out a large and deep hole (about 3' deep!) and then install a sewage ejector pit and pump system! Not for the timid!
But, once installed by you or a plumbing subcontractor, the bathroom waste water from the toilet, sink and shower/tub will drain into the floor just like any other bathroom you have in your home! These Sewage Ejector Systems work very, very well, and are very dependable if installed and vented correctly. CALL A PLUMBER TO DO THIS FOR YOU! The systems usually cost around $ 400.00 complete + labor costs over and above this cost.
If the wet bar is positioned "friendly" and conveniently to the sewage ejector location, it too can be drain directly into this system "killing 2 birds with one stone"!
If the wet bar is NOT in a "friendly and convenient location in reference to the Sewage Ejector System a "Tray Pump System" can be used instead. This system does not go in the floor like the Sewage Ejector system! This Tray Pump "bolts" directly to the strainer cup of your bar sink under the sink inside the sink base cabinet! This convenient little pump will pump all "liquid only" waste up and out into the homes existing waste water lines with no problem!
The hot and cold water lines that feed the bathroom and the wet bar areas are traditionally plumbed just like any other pluming fixture in the house. It's ONLY the waste water drainage that makes basement bathrooms and wet bars different to plumb versus any other pluming fixture in the house!
Basement Remodeling - Creating a Basement You'll Love
Basement remodeling can be a challenging job especially if you do not have any professional experience or whatsoever. However, as long as you're willing to learn and you like working hard then you'll be fine and you can produce the results that you want. Most basement areas are dark and we usually use them to store the things that we don't need anymore. We hardly go down to our basement that's why a lot of people perceive the room as scary and gloomy. Well you're practically wasting a valuable living space if you're not going to make your basement functional. What's good about the basement is you can pretty much do what you want with it. The first thing that needs to be accomplished is the plan.
Once you've figured out what you want to use your basement for then the next step in basement remodeling is repairing water damage, cracks and any other problems. Permanent solutions deal with significant amount of time to implement. A good place to start is to talk to an independent home inspector who specializes in waterproofing problems. If you're not much of an expert with basement waterproofing then you need to hire a professional to do the job for you. Be ready to shell out $500 to $5000 depending on your basement's waterproofing needs and of course damage or condition. If you can whip up your own design then that's good but if not, you can hire an architect or a designer. Make sure to be very clear in what you want so you won't end up wasting your money on a design that you don't even like. You can also buy software that you can install in your computer so you can design your own basement. This is fun and it will let you incorporate any design that you want.
One important thing in basement remodeling is working on air circulation. Good air is necessary in the basement, install some openings if needed. You can also maximize natural light if you do this. Artificial light is also needed to make a basement look good. Forget about fluorescent crisp lights that are too bright. Go for soft lights and don't forget to play with the focus. Mirrors mounted on the walls and ceilings can definitely add drama to your lighting effects. Another required step in basement remodeling is proper insulation. You want to keep your basement dry to avoid the growth of mold and mildew. For your final touch, you need furniture, equipment and furnishings. Invest practically, don't equate high price with quality all the time. Sometimes it's just a matter of brand name so be a cautious and wise buyer to get the most out of your hard-earned money.