MN Finish Trim Carpenter | Basement Finishing

Minnesota Basement Finishing | Finish Trim Carpenter

Sooner or later you might join the growing number of homeowners who decide it is time for a change. Hey… we’ve all been there. You look at your kitchen, bathroom or any room in your house and think to yourself – “this room needs to change”. Something isn’t right (or maybe, let’s face it, a lot of things aren’t right). So, you find yourself sketching out ideas, ripping pages from magazines, imagining your new-and-improved space. Whatever the reason, your home is begging for an update.

Look down. To your basement. Whether your family has outgrown the house you are living in or if you just decided to finally make use of that wasted space, finishing your basement is one of the smartest remodels that you can do.

Basement Finishing

Think about it…. We all have a basement and for most of us, that means we have an unused, vacant space that is pretty much the most poorly used spot in our homes. A finished basement is the perfect way to add more living space without a costly house expansion. Plus, turning your basement into a practical bedroom, office, play area or even a dance/yoga room not only gives you a lot more space, it significantly increases the value of your home!

When the project is completed you can have a marvelous area filled with custom wood cabinets, built-in bookcases or entertainment center you can enjoy for years to come.  Make the doors, walls, windows and cabinets work together by adding some architectural detail and visual interest with custom trim and molding. Or add a beautiful custom fireplace.

Plan, Plan, Plan!

Before the first sketch is drawn or check written the most important step is planning!

If you try to remodel on your own, you must have a well thought out plan right down to the last detail before the project begins, or you’ll find yourself making changes that will not only cost you more in the long run, but will also add time to the project. You can be sure that changes you want to make once construction has started will always cost more and consume more time. In fact, most remodeling projects end up taking twice as long and costing twice as much as planned for.

Once the decision to remodel is made, the next question is often where to find a contractor. Remodeling is no small undertaking. There are only about a zillion decisions to be made. And believe me; finding the right contractor is no picnic. And then there are all those endless things to remember. (It‘s hard to remember everything!) It can drive you to the brink of insanity!

Your Time or Your Money?

You need to figure out how you will manage the whole process from start to finish. Most people dramatically underestimate the amount of time and work that is involved. And consider for a moment the fact that Americans are increasingly at a time crunch. Between getting Billy to his hockey game and wrestling match and little Suzie to her cheerleading practice, band, choir, dance, and any other possible time-commitment you could think of, who’s got the time. And even if you did… the skills?

DIY or Hire A Professional MN Carpenter?

Now don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying it can’t be done, but if you’ve never taken on a major remodeling project, there are an awful lot of things that can go wrong. Not only could it delay your project, but it might end up costing you a boat load of cash beyond what you originally budgeted for. Let’s face it… we all don’t have the ‘DIY gene’. Or maybe it just petered out before it reached your generation. Either way, sometimes it’s just best to let a Minnesota Finish Trim Carpenter do it!  While they do charge for their services, at some point it’s worth spending the money just to keep your sanity! Plus, if everything goes without a hitch, it will be worth every penny!

You can do some jobs yourself and hire experts for others. Ultimately, your decision boils down to the classic tradeoff: spend your money or spend your time.  Ultimately, your decision boils down to the classic tradeoff: spend your money or spend your time!

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