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Weaver Work in Progress: 2,900-Square Foot Basement Renovation

Basement Floor PlansWeaver Construction & Roofing recently started work on a project in Chester Springs, PA, to renovate and finish a 2,900-square-foot basement, the largest basement renovation project we’ve done to date. The homeowners are planning a fully equipped wet bar and kitchen area, a full bath, a playroom for the kids and a fitness area in addition to living areas. Jay Stoltzfus, who has been in Commercial Sales with Weaver for 12 years, is overseeing the project.

Planning and Permits

“Right now we’re in the initial phase of selections and permits,” Jay said. “The homeowner is choosing flooring, cabinetry, fixtures and other design elements. There isn’t a lot of demolition in this case, or any unusual design challenges, so the project is fairly straightforward. We’re anticipating that the construction will take a few months due to the size and nature of the renovation.”

This area will be the fitness room
This area will be the fitness room

Design Considerations

There are a few unique aspects that must be considered when planning a basement renovation.

Obstructions: The design has to work around existing beams and columns that support the home. In this case, the obstructions are minimal.

Exits: Building codes require that a renovated basement allows occupants to exit quickly in case of emergency. That means providing an egress window or door leading directly to the outside. This may require excavation or cutting into block walls.

Moisture: Concrete, even in a dry basement, naturally emits moisture, and basement flooring needs to be able to withstand those conditions. All types of carpet and tile are suitable for basement installation. Engineered hardwoods may also be used. The present design for this renovation calls for all three.

This area will be the Theater Room with a raised platform for seating
This area will be the Theater Room with a raised platform for seating

Plumbing: If plumbing lines have to be moved, that may require cutting into the cement floor. This home had existing lines laid in the basement, but they will need to be moved.

Heating and Cooling: Adding basement living areas may require more heating and cooling capacity than existing systems provide. Basements do have the advantage of more consistent temperatures, which helps reduce their HVAC requirements, Jay noted.

Fast and Simple

“A basement project is somewhat simple compared to renovations and additions that require exterior or structural work,” Jay said. “They’re also easy projects for homeowners to live with because they’re out of the way and usually quick.”

Weaver has already completed several projects for this homeowner, including trim work, a pool cabana and a covered patio. “A basement of this size is not something we get to do every day,” Jay said. “It’s definitely a fun project to work on.”

Stay Tuned for More

We’ll be sharing updates on this Weaver Work in Progress over the next few months. Stay tuned to see how it all comes together.

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