Apr

16

The Family Room: Where to Splurge

The Family Room: Where to Splurge If you are looking to do a little home updating and remodeling, why not focus on the family room? The family room is typically more laid-back and casual than other, more formal rooms like the living room, which is commonly used to entertain guests. Here, warmth and hominess take precedence over fashion and style, but that doesn’t mean the family room and its furnishings can’t be attractive and inviting.

Here are some tips from Callen Construction that will help you decide the areas it’s okay to splurge on when it comes to remodeling your family room.

Flooring

In this room, where family and close friends gather to relax and spend time together, comfort matters. It’s the perfect place to splurge on a thick, plush carpet that you can sink your feet into, rather than a thinner, more economical variety. If your family room has hardwood or tile floors, invest in a high-quality area rug and have plenty of throws and pillows around the room to soften it up.

Patio Doors

Many family rooms are adjacent to a deck, patio, or other outdoor space. If your family room has a standard hinged door or an outdated, inefficient sliding door, it could greatly benefit from having Callen Construction install a new, energy-efficient patio door. Whether you opt for the increased glass area of a contemporary sliding patio door or prefer the more classic styling of a French sliding patio door, splurging on a new door will allow you to brighten things up and connect your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Lower Level Remodeling

Set away from the hustle and bustle of the main floor, the basement is a great location for a family room. Callen can do the job by converting an unfinished or under-finished basement space into a family room, bedroom, playroom, or second kitchen area. We can even do bathroom remodeling if your basement bathroom needs updating. However you choose to use the space, finishing your basement will provide additional living space while also increasing your home’s value.

Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 for a no-obligation consultation and a FREE quote to find out if basement remodeling or other family room improvements are something you should splurge on.

Mar

06

Basement Conversion Provides Extra Living Space and Higher Market Value

Basement Conversion Provides Extra Living Space and Higher Market ValueBasements have experienced a dramatic shift in reputation over the years. In the beginning, they were often a neglected space. Serving little purpose, other than extra storage space and collecting cobwebs, basements were deemed unlikely to yield a smart return on investment. As time has gone on, more and more homeowners are realizing the benefits of remodeling their lower levels into a potential living space.

“Basement conversion is such an inviting prospect because it is significantly less expensive than putting on an addition,” said Paulette Sodemann, a designer with Callen. More specifically, many architects and contractors put the cost savings of redoing a basement versus putting on an addition at one-third to one-half less, depending on project scope and area of the country. “Homeowners already own the space and taxes are paid on it; not to mention basements come equipped with a roof, walls, ceiling, foundation and sewer hookups in place,” she added. Consequently, a basement remodel adds value to your home, particularly in urban areas where extra square footage brings a premium.

According to Paulette, there are a few aspects homeowners should keep in mind when tackling a basement remodel. For instance, if your basement shows signs of water or moisture, it’s imperative to resolve these problems in order to avoid replacing furnishings. “Be sure to have a dehumidifier and have proper heating and cooling systems installed for a more comfortable atmosphere,” she said.

“It’s also important that your contractor know the local ordinances regarding the required number and sizes of exits for adding in a bedroom,” said Paulette.

In addition, it’s vital to never seal off existing mechanical systems, circuit breakers, and future plumbing lines. Professionals will need to have access to these for maintenance and repairs. “If needed, homeowners can always soundproof mechanical systems,” she explained.

Moreover, try not to chop up space. “Similar to how homeowners prefer open space on main floor living areas, it should be more open downstairs too,” Paulette said. “It makes the space more transitional of how you will use it as time goes by.”

Finally, homeowners don’t necessarily need to renovate their basement in a style that that is consistent with upstairs. “Basement conversion is unique to the individual. Whether a gym, a theater, or a playroom, the basement can be an outward expression of personality,” she said. “Our team of experts not only makes the necessary provisions, we will also advise you on how you can further optimize your basement design to ensure higher value for your home.”

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.

Jan

23

4 Things to Know Before Finishing a Basement

4 Things to Know Before Finishing a BasementIf your home has an unfinished basement, you have a great potential space in which to build a home theater, game room, exercise room, or home office – the possibilities are endless! But before you begin the process of finishing your basement, first read these tips from Callen Construction to ensure that your basement finishing in Greenfield, WI goes smoothly.

Check for Moisture

Basements are notorious for having moisture problems. Before you begin planning your basement upgrade, first look for drips or pools of water that may be coming in through below-grade walls. Check the exterior of your home as well to make sure the ground is graded correctly, meaning it slopes away from your foundation. Then examine the foundation for cracks and arrange repairs if necessary.

Put Up Vapor Barriers

Even if there are no noticeable moisture problems in your basement, it can still become damp without the right barriers. It is essential to damp-proof the walls and floors before framing and finishing by adding vapor barriers. These will help keep your basement dry by preventing moisture from diffusing through the walls and floors.

Get the Right Fasteners

Basement floors and walls are usually made of cement or some other type of masonry, so a good old hammer and nail isn’t going to work when attaching framing. Before you begin work, make sure you have the right kind of fasteners and anchors for your type of wall. A shotgun fastener, which uses charges to fire fasteners into concrete, is a good choice that can be rented at your local home improvement store.

Warm Things Up with Insulation

Basements can be chilly places, so make sure you put in the right kind and amount of insulation to keep in the warmth and help with temperature control. It can also work as a sound barrier to muffle outside noises, as well as provide an extra layer of moisture control, so choose one that has a vapor barrier on both sides.

For top-notch basement finishing by the best remodeling company in Milwaukee, call Callen at 414-765-2585. No matter what you choose to do with the space, we will make your basement retreat a comfortable and attractive addition to your home.

Dec

05

Basement Conversion Provides Extra Living Space and Higher Market Value

Basements have experienced a dramatic shift in reputation over the years. In the beginning, they were often a neglected space. Serving little purpose, other than extra storage space and collecting cobwebs, basements were deemed unlikely to yield a smart return on investment. As time has gone on, more and more homeowners are realizing the benefits of remodeling their lower levels into a potential living space.

“Basement conversion is such an inviting prospect because it is significantly less expensive than putting on an addition,” said Paulette Sodemann, a designer with Callen. More specifically, many architects and contractors put the cost savings of redoing a basement versus putting on an addition at one-third to one-half less, depending on project scope and area of the country. “Homeowners already own the space and taxes are paid on it; not to mention basements come equipped with a roof, walls, ceiling, foundation and sewer hookups in place,” she added. Consequently, a basement remodel adds value to your home, particularly in urban areas where extra square footage brings a premium.

According to Paulette, there are a few aspects homeowners should keep in mind when tackling a basement remodel. For instance, if your basement shows signs of water or moisture, it’s imperative to resolve these problems in order to avoid replacing furnishings. “Be sure to have a dehumidifier and have proper heating and cooling systems installed for a more comfortable atmosphere,” she said.

“It’s also important that your contractor know the local ordinances regarding the required number and sizes of exits for adding in a bedroom,” said Paulette.

In addition, it’s vital to never seal off existing mechanical systems, circuit breakers, and future plumbing lines. Professionals will need to have access to these for maintenance and repairs. “If needed, homeowners can always soundproof mechanical systems,” she explained.

Moreover, try not to chop up space. “Similar to how homeowners prefer open space on main floor living areas, it should be more open downstairs too,” said Paulette. “It makes the space more transitional of how you will use it as time goes by.”

Basement Conversion Provides Extra Living Space and Higher Market ValueFinally, homeowners don’t necessarily need to renovate their basement in a style that that is consistent with upstairs. “Basement conversion is unique to the individual. Whether a gym, a theater, or a playroom, the basement can be an outward expression of personality,” Paulette said. “Our team of experts not only makes the necessary provisions, we will also advise you on how you can further optimize your basement design to ensure higher value for your home.”

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.