Owner of Penguin Basements Issues Tip Sheet to Help Homeowners Develop their Basement Renovation Project

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A basement can be much more than a slightly damp area where homeowners wash laundry or store boxes. Guy Solomon, the owner of Penguin Basements, says that to get the most out of a basement renovation, homeowners need to work closely with a contractor to come up with a plan for the project.

A basement can be much more than a slightly damp area where homeowners wash laundry or store boxes. Guy Solomon, the owner of Penguin Basements, says that to get the most out of a basement renovation, homeowners need to work closely with a contractor to come up with a plan for the project. He has issued a tip sheet with a few more pointers to make the process a bit easier on homeowners.

"With a qualified basement contractor, the sky is really the limit with what you can do," Solomon said. "You can create everything from a gorgeous guest suite to a complete home gym or a sophisticated entertaining space. Don't limit your imagination when conjuring up your dream space."

Solomon suggests that homeowners start their project by brainstorming all the potential uses or designs for their basement. Homeowners should think about what is lacking in the home now, such as a dedicated suite for a mother-in-law or a space for an in-home studio. Once homeowners have a few uses in mind for the basement, they should brainstorm ideas for designs and get inspiration from magazines and websites. Solomon says homeowners should write down any idea they have and save photos of particular designs they like.

With some ideas in mind, homeowners should then look for a basement contractor who has experience in that type of design. Solomon says it is important to look at the contractor's portfolio to get an idea about previous projects and design styles.

"You may even get some design ideas by perusing the contractor's portfolio," Solomon said. "At any rate, a good contractor should be able to take your design and make it even better than you thought it could be."

The early meetings with a contractor should focus on how the finished basement will look as well as perform, including water-proofing, plumbing and electrical work. These early meetings should also discuss budgetary issues in detail so that homeowners have a complete understanding of costs and are not surprised by anything along the way.

Working through each of these steps with your contractor can ensure that homeowners get a beautiful, finished basement that comes in under budget.

Penguin Basements specializes in turn-key basement renovations that expand the functionality of a home while also improving its value. Homeowners are encouraged to call Penguin Basements to begin the design planning to transform their basements.

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