Basement Remodeling

What Would We Do Wednesday - Basement Potential

If you had to ask us what we are best at, of everything we do in regards to remodeling, I would imagine most of our guys would say basements. Unfinished basements like the one pictured above make us smile. There are so many options and ways to go. We aren't talking just about new home construction either, there are many basements that were built or finished years ago that have options as well.

So what options are there? Of course you can go with the basic finish, meaning four walls, ceiling and outlets. The picture above has a egress window meaning that you could add a basement bedroom. Most guys are always wanting to go with the epic man cave set up, which we are fans of. Don't forget the wet bar option or if you have high enough ceilings you can go with a nice movie viewing set up.

Nice wet bar with built-in's and engineered hardwood flooring.

Small basement's have options too. Don't limit what you think can be done just because you don't have a large space to start with.

Just remember, if you can dream it, we can do it! So if you want a spa in your basement, just give us your vision and let us pull it together. Swimming pool? We've never done that, but we're up for the challenge! 

What Would We Do Wednesday - Basement Flooring

When it comes to remodeling your basement, the flooring is one of the first things to consider. Why, you may ask? Well, primarily because it can dictate everything from your wall and trim color all the way to what you can put in your basement. Here are a few things to consider.

First, what is most important to you? Most basements are the coolest temperature room in the home. So if warmth is important, carpet may be the way to go. Second, are you using the basement for entertaining or are you going for a second living area? Entertainment may force you to lean towards an easily cleanable option such as tile or luxury vinyl. A second living space may have you going for a combination of carpet and a hard surface option. 

So what are we seeing most right now? We are getting a large request for luxury vinyl flooring. We recommend US Floors COREtec Plus 5" Plank product. Check them out here to see their website. Why COREtec? Primarily for their construction/build method and that the product has a limited lifetime warranty in a residential installation. Finally, because if something were to happen and water got in the basement you simply pull the floor up in the necessary area, dry everything properly, and lay the floor back down. COREtec is not glued down and it sits directly on top of most hard surface floors without much if any necessary prep work

If you didn't know that it wasn't real wood, could you tell?

Another flooring option that we are getting more requests on frequently is tile that is designed and made to look like wood. You get all the advantages of a warm and inviting wood look with the ease and maintenance of tile. Really the best of both worlds. I won't add a picture to this because frankly, it looks like wood. Shocker, I know!

Morale of the story, you don't have to automatically go with carpet in the basement. Check out LVT and tile options. You never know, you may like the price point and what you see. If you need help with the installation or design, let us know, we would be happy to lend a hand!


What Would We Do Wednesday - Egress Options

A very old and not to code egress window.

As a licensed contractor we are required to pull permits for nearly everything we do in just about every location in the Kansas City metro. One of the items we run in to quite a bit with basement finish estimates are egress window questions. Do I need one? Do I not need one. 

Johnson County, Kansas has several requirements for egress windows. They have a very nice PDF brochure HERE that gives a lot of great information. The brochure talks additionally about basement finishing and remodeling code and permit requirements. Riveting stuff, I'm sure you can't wait to read up on it!

What we wanted to give you for this week's WWWDW article were a couple of ideas that can make an egress window more than a large hole next to your foundation window. As long as you are following the code requirements, what the space looks like on the exterior of the home can be very attractive, assuming you don't want to simply look at simple metal frame and a French drain.

A large tiered landscape area. Allowing in abundant light and great use of treated lumber for many landscaping options.

Custom framing to allow more light with a decorative design around the window.

While the two options above are not installations that we have done specifically, we can certainly help to implement any idea that you may come up with. We love new challenges and we are always looking for great projects similar to these. 

Don't let your basement egress window bring you down. Codes are there to protect you and your family and make your home safer. We can follow the rules and still have fun doing it! 



W.I.P. (Work In Progress) - KC Home Solutions

We thought it would be fun to give you all an idea of what projects we have going right now. The boss likes to call it W I P, work in progress. Sometimes knowing where you are and what you have going can be a great way to help get an idea of what you can and cannot do. As you all know, it can be easy to over-extend yourself on projects, that certainly includes our industry. So what's our WIP? 

Here's the list of towns and projects going on currently in each one.

Kansas City, Missouri has three projects in process currently. The scope of work for each is nothing like the other. One project is a complete master bathroom remodel. We completely gutted the existing space and started over from scratch for this homeowner. One project is an office space/show room for a designer we use from time to time, her new location is being completed on The Plaza. The third project is a remodel of all three bathrooms in a home. 

Overland Park, Kansas has two projects in process currently. One is a complete basement finish from scratch. The other project started as a wood rot repair but ended up being nearly a complete rebuild of a large corner of the house. As we got in to start the repair we found that the home was significantly more damaged than what showed on the exterior. It was a surprise to the homeowner but doing the job correctly was the priority. As this project completes we'll pass along pictures.

Belton, Missouri has one project. This is also a complete basement finish. The basement is approximately 1,250 square feet. We look forward to being able to share the pictures of this finish with you guys.

Spring Hill, Kansas has one project. We are working on building a brand new home. The home is scheduled to start framing next week once the foundation clears code approval and the weather permits. Things are going to be moving quickly there and we are excited to share the phases of work with you.

Lastly we have a project in process in Prairie Village, Kansas. A homeowner contacted us a few weeks ago to take over their project when the ball was dropped by a previous contractor. Fortunately we have been able to help them out. The owners have a very modern design and are using really cool materials, we look forward to seeing this one finish so you all can check it out!  

Several of these projects are at or nearing completion. We have several that are in the process of getting started. We also have many bids out that are going to be hopefully accepted. It's a great time to be a part of KC Home Solutions and we are thankful for each and every person that choose us to be a part of their project(s)! 

How to get an estimate for your project from KC Home Solutions

You have probably heard the phrase, "the first step is the most difficult" or a something similar. When it comes to getting a bid from KC Home Solutions, we make each step past the first the easiest of them all, well, next to sitting back and letting us do all the work. So what IS the process for getting a bid or estimate from us? Let's walk through it.

Step 1: Decide that you want to take on said project and get a basic idea of what you would like to accomplish

Step 2: Contact us using the Request A Quote tab on our website, call us or email us to let us know you would like us to visit your home to talk about your project

Step 3: Give us the details about your project during an in-home visit from a KCHS representative

Step 4: Get a custom bid/proposal from us following your in-home visit

Step 5: Accept the bid/proposal

See, now that wasn't as difficult as you thought it was going to be was it? You'll likely spend more time deciding to start the project than it does to go through steps 2 to 5. If you are ready for step 2 let us know, we would love the chance to earn your business!

KC Home Solutions wins Angie's List Super Service Awards

To win an award that is heavily influenced by customers is a great achievement. To win three awards, well, that made us extremely proud. All of us here at KC Home Solutions were honored to be awarded three 2014 Super Service Awards by Angie's List. If you would like to read up on what it takes to win an award check it out on Angie's List website here.

The Angie's List Super Service Award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie's List. The top 5% of qualifying businesses per category, in each market, receive the award. Those eligible are also required to have a background check.

We take these awards very seriously and it's our goal to continue to live up to them now and in to the future. Superior customer service and quality of work has always been our priority. Winning awards has never been our objective. Thank you from all of us at KC Home Solutions for these incredible honors!