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Basement Remodeling

Basement Remodeling Adds Bonus Rooms Increasing Home Value

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Turn concrete gray walls into striking gray walls – basement remodeling means injecting your personality and style into an often overlooked and under-appreciated space.

A basement remodeling project not only adds bonus rooms and livable space, it increases a home’s value. A Madison WI home can expand usable space and a family can enjoy even more of its favorite activities in a finished basement without an expensive addition.

The basement is no longer just an out of the way space to store things. It’s becoming an extension of the overall living space. Décor and design elements are continued in the lower level of the home – or, because it can be completely separated there are bold new experiences in a basement remodeling plan.

When it comes to bonus rooms in the basement, almost anything goes, including: Continue reading

Basement Egress Windows Are Safe and Stylish and the Law

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Adding a room for guests or giving your teen some more space, including basement egress windows in a bedroom is a requirement.

Adding a basement egress window (a “way out” in simple English) changes the dynamic of any home. In new construction, it is often a basic element. In most cases, it is retrofit into an older home as part of a basement finishing project. While basement remodeling is often a winter project in Madison WI, spring and summer are better suited to installing basement egress windows. In Wisconsin’s climate you aren’t likely to enjoy having a hole in the basement wall in January or February.

When properly installed, basement egress windows increase the comfort and appeal of any room below normal grade. They’re ideal for family rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. They transform basements from dark and dreary to open and bright. When it comes to resale value, they count there, too. Installation of these relatively simple structures increases useable living space without the expense of major remodeling. Continue reading

9 Great Reasons To Plan Your Basement Remodel In Winter

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A well planned basement remodel expands your living area

A basement remodel is a great idea anytime. However, most remodeling contractors will be very motivated to help you get yours done over the winter.

Assuming you have made sure your basement is dry, or at least waterproofed effectively, there are any number of reasons to do a basement remodel in Madison WI.

  • You get added living space for your family
  • You can finish space for much less money
  • You get the benefit of the space for use in inclement weather – whether hot or cold

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Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

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Remodeling using a negative air machine helps protect indoor air quality, workers and family members.

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we take pride in creating satisfied customers at all stages during a remodel.

Our commitment is to be sure the entire remodeling process is as easy as possible on the homeowners, who, after all, have to accommodate an entire work crew while a remodel or renovation takes place. What we want to avoid is adding insult to injury by having loads of dust from a project stay in the room we are working on or, worse, have that dust travel throughout the house. That is why we have added a NIKRO mini poly air scrubber. Continue reading

Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves

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Remodeling projects can be involved – be sure you ask yourself the right questions in the beginning of the process

You’ve researched your new remodeling project.

You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.

And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.

However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…

  • Can I get the work done cheaper?
  • Am I paying too much?

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Egress Window – Added Safety and Style

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More than one egress window can change your entire basement layout

There is no doubt adding a basement egress window changes the dynamic of any home in which it’s installed.

Usually an egress window is retrofitted in existing homes. Homeowners are creating something from nothing. An egress window, when properly installed, increases livable square footage to the basement area. Options include bedrooms, bathrooms, rec rooms and more. It all becomes square footage Realtors and appraisers count as livable area.

In new construction, builders can create valuable square footage without increasing building expenses at all. Because the window is cut into an existing foundation, no additional building material will be needed to create this useable space. Continue reading

Basement Finishing In Madison WI

Basement Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Basement remodeling ideas can include home gyms and many other basement ideas

Basement finishing can add new dimensions to your home. There are many ways to utilize the space in a basement for work and fun.

For most homeowners, basement finishing also offers the economical option for adding to useable square footage. This square footage includes can be used in a multitude of ways. Just consider these basement ideas – Continue reading

Basement Remodeling Basics in Madison WI

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Basement Bathrooms can add function and class to any basement

Basement remodeling represents one of the best experiences Sims Remodeling has in terms of helping people to enjoy their homes because it is a great way to increase the number of ways a home is used. However, to get the most from the project you need to put a little thought into the planning stage.

Basement remodeling can include starting from scratch or finishing what is already started. Helping update and finish basements is an area we specialize in and enjoy very much. Continue reading

Home Remodeling – Improve Your Lifestyle

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After considering all the facts, a home remodeling project makes for a better lifestyle, updates your home and increases the home’s value

When home remodeling, the primary goal is to create changes benefiting and reflecting your daily activities.

If planned correctly, home remodeling also provides the opportunity for homeowners to to upgrade mechanical systems offering major operational cost savings and in the long term, increases your home’s value.

Adding a new addition, updating a kitchen or creating a renovated master bathroom often makes these spaces more livable. In fact, it is the primary reason most people undertake a home remodel; to add a new dimension to their home reflecting a changing lifestyle. The daily benefits of a remodeling project can take many forms. Continue reading

Remodeling Prep – Managing a Remodel or Addition

Remodeling a part of your home or adding and addition is only one of the first steps in the process. Once you’ve retained a reputable contractor (one who is insured and bonded and you trust), what you (and your contractor) do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one.

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Remodeling Projects – 3 Steps To Recreate Your Home

Remodeling your home by making bathroom, kitchen, basement or other renovations is often the best way to have your dream home.

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List what you want in your home before you start the remodeling project will make your project successful and will save you money.

Very often, homeowners like where they live. They like their neighbors, like their location, they like the area in which they live in and often the like their home…in general.

Remodeling Your Home As You Remodel Your Family

Time changes everything. Families grow in size in Madison Wisconsin just as everywhere else. Members of the families grow older and the needs of a family changes.

Toddlers have different needs than those in grade school. Middle school age children’s needs are different from high school students. And, when the kids move out of the house, those left behind have their own ideas of what would be nice to have in their home.

All along the way, renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks, garages and even additions can shape your home and how it works for your family. And, if you do sell your home, much of your investment will be recovered in the sale price, so you can enjoy the changes now without wasting valuable dollars. Almost like living in your piggy bank. Continue reading

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