When purchasing a new home, the appearance of your basement may be an element to consider. During preconstruction, often the quality of the basement does not get the recognition it deserves. Basements are basically the same, right? Absolutely not!
Not all basements are created equal. Asking your builder a few key questions is the first step towards getting the quality basement you deserve.
How high is the ceiling when finished?
Basements typically feel like they have less space than the main floor of a home.
One reason is the difference in ceiling height. Most homes have a standard ceiling height of eight feet. It’s not uncommon for basements to be finished with height of just over seven-and-a-half feet.
It may seem like a trivial difference, but a foot of extra height turns a convenient storage space into an ideal atmosphere for hosting and entertaining guests. Some builders like Edgewood Homes aim for an open, luxurious space and insist on extra-high basements with ceilings well above eight feet.
Can I finish my basement?
It is becoming increasingly popular to opt for a finished basement, adding to your living space and leaving the days of storage cellars behind us.
Surprisingly, many builders don’t have any basement finishing options during their construction process.
Selecting basement finishing with home purchase is a popular option for customers of Edgewood Homes, with access to the complete catalogue of finishes and upgrades. For a simple upgrade fee and a few extra minutes during your selection process, you can increase your living space by 60 per cent.
Is there an advantage to having my builder finish my basement?
If provided with the option to do so during your selection process, there are several advantages to selecting all of your finishes at once.
Choosing from your builder’s finishes provides a consistency in aesthetics. A finished basement pulls together the lower space with the rest of the home. Having the basement completed during the initial construction will save you time, stress, and the need to live through the mess.
It may at first glance seem that basement finishing is a costly option through your builder. However, when compared with post-ownership estimates, a builder-finished basement can be excellent value.
Are there walkout basement options?
Walkout basements create the perception of main-floor or above-ground living. The unique benefits of indoor/outdoor living ensure you can make the most out of your entire home. With more light and an opulent feel, a walkout basement suits just about anyone. Huntsville’s Highcrest transitional living community has a limited number of these units still available!
Does my finished basement provide me with higher resale value?
A finished basement has all the aforementioned advantages. If professionally finished, buyers will see a consistent flow between living spaces, increasing the square footage of living space, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and ultimately your resale value!
To learn more about the options at Highcrest, pick up an information package at our sales office at 46 Hanes Road in Huntsville, or contact us to book an appointment with an Edgewood representative at 705-224-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the watchful eye of company principal David Goodfellow, Edgewood Homes has established a pre-eminent position at the leading edge of residential design and construction in Muskoka for the past 20+ years. Retaining highly creative architects and designers, utilizing exceptionally skilled tradespeople, and with a keen attention to even the smallest of details, Edgewood brings high-end vision and elegance to all of their projects.
Erika Scott is the Project Manager for Edgewood Homes Muskoka.
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