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Basement Remodeling Terms and Definitions

Below grade, open space, which allows light or access to a basement door or window.
The conditioned or unconditioned space below the main living area or primary floor of a building.
Cinder Fill
Cinders used below the basement and around the foundation to promote drainage.
Float Floor Drain
Drain used to divert water from a basement to a collection point where it is removed by a sump pump.
Floating Wall
Walls built to withstand movement in the basement floor.
Foam Board
A plastic foam insulation product, pressed or extruded into board-like forms, used as sheathing and insulation for interior basement or crawl space walls or beneath a basement slab; can also be used for exterior applications inside or outside foundations, crawl spaces, and slab-on-grade foundation walls.
Updating or altering the appearance and functional utility of a building.
Slab Foundation
Foundation built without a basement or crawl space.
Walk-Out Basement
Type of basement that allows a door to open into the yard because the basement is at ground level.
Window Well
Curved, corrugated steel insert use to keep moisture from basement windows that are below ground level.

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Basement Remodeling Preparation

Preparing For Basement Remodeling
Basement remodels require you to plan ahead and prepare for your contractors to be moving things in and out of your lower level. The stairwell, entrance way and storage area are the three main areas to focus on. Contractors need to be able to easily get from their truck and into your basement as they are carrying heavy loads of materials and equipment.

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Planning Your Basement Remodel

Planning Your Basement Remodel
As you may have heard plenty of times before, “planning ahead” is definitely the most crucial step to a remodeling project. Homeowners that go into a home remodeling project ill-prepared and unaware usually end up dealing with higher costs in job quality, later due dates, higher project costs and a major headache. Needless to say, the planning/permitting process, and negotiating construction start dates are hard to fit into the same building season unless you plan ahead!

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Working With Basement Remodeling Contractors

Hiring a Basement Remodeler
Basement remodeling contractors are a little different from other contractors that you may hire. First of all, they are typically hired to make an enhancement to your home, as opposed to most contractors that are hired to correct problems or perform maintenance. It’s usually exciting to have a basement contractor working on your home because you can anticipate your living space becoming bigger and better.

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