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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!
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The Do it Yourself Basement Remodeling Guide
Putting on an addition to the house is one way of adding square footage, but finishing a basement is another, and often more cost effective way to add value to your home. It is much easier to transform a basement into the required square footage that you need than it is to add an entire new room or story to your home.
Consider Your Air Quality in Your Basement Remodel
Air quality is a major concern when it comes to basement remodeling, and all basement remodeling contractors will look at this issue before they provide you with a quote. The basement is traditionally known as the dampest and most moist area of the home, and this dampness and moistness contributes to poor air quality. Before you begin your basement remodel, look to see if any of these moisture issues are present in your home. If you have cracks in your walls, these will contribute to moisture issues. You can get basement moisture sealants at any home renovation store if your moisture problems are small. If you find that you have cracks that seem unmanageable to you, you may want to consult a home inspector that specializes in this problem to correct them before the remodel begins.
Air circulation is important in any home, and when basements are not used, the circulation issues may go unnoticed. But basement remodeling contractors will tell you that they will need to ensure that air circulation is functioning properly in your basement. This may mean the addition of registers or vents in your basement. Basement remodeling contractors are skilled in this area and will be able to add air circulation openings where it is necessary.
Basement Remodeling Step by Step 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!